Appalachian Trail Hiker Jason Parish Suffers Fatal Injury

We regret to inform you of the death of Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia, PA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We regret to inform you of the death of Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia, PA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We regret to inform you of the death of Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia, PA. Jason incurred a fatal injury on a hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the morning of Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Jason Parish had camped for the night at the popular Ed Garvey shelter on the AT near the town of Weverton, Maryland, a few miles east of Harper's Ferry, WV, after hiking with friends in Gathland State Park on Saturday.

At about 9 AM on Sunday morning, winds caused a dead tree to collapse upon Jason, causing his death.

Friends and passersby called 911 and attempted CPR. Rescuers arrived about an hour later, but were unable to revive Mr. Parish.

Jason Parish was an accomplished folk musician who released him first album -- A Mountain and a Hill -- in January.

Mr. Parish was known for loving the outdoors and hiking. There is no way to eliminate potential risks in any area of life. Jason, unfortunately, died from an unforeseen accident, with friends along the Trail. We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jason Parish for their loss.

A friend of Jason's posted this note on Facebook: "A memorial service for Jason Parish will be held Saturday, March 21st, at The Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 S State Street, Dover, DE, at 1:00 PM. For those who can't join family and friends for this untimely goodbye, we know that your thoughts are with Jason and the ones he held close."

We mourn the death of Jason Parish ... and we celebrate his life.

Click on the video below to see Jason Parish's performance at the Mermaid Inn on January 3, 2015.


Tags: Attractions, Appalachian Trail, News, Accidents, and Accident

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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