Heather Sparks sent AppalachianTrail.com a sweet note thanking us for our post on the passing of Jason Parish on Sunday, March 15, 2015, while camping on the Appalachian Trail (AT).
A tree limb fell upon Jason at the Ed Garvey shelter on the AT near the town of Weverton, Maryland, east of Harper's Ferry, WV, after hiking with friends in Gathland State Park on Saturday.
Heather shared some news that we believe will help us express our condolences to Jason's family and our admiration for those who worked so diligently to rescue him.
I read your article, Click Here for Jason Parish Story, and wanted to reach out and thank you for it.My husband, Mike, and a mutual friend, Kelly, were with Jason at the time of his death. Winter camping was sort of the thing these guys did, every year, with or without each other.If you feel that it is appropriate, please feel free to share information about a fundraiser we are doing to support the local AT chapter [Potomac Appalachian Trail Club], the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance, and First State Animal Center.Thank you, again, on behalf of my husband, Jason's friends, and the family.Kindly,Heather
Heather, Jason Parish's family and his friends are raising funds via the website YouCaring.
We are collecting money from friends, colleagues, family, strangers, and other lovers of the outdoors in the hopes of being able to make 3 significant donations in Jason's name to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance, and First State Animal Center and SPCA. Additionally, we are collecting money towards a memorial plaque to (hopefully) be mounted at the shelter where Jason died.
Few of us met Jason Parish personally, compared to all who have heard his story or his music a bit too late.
We offer you the opportunity to take part in this effort to share our gratitude to several organizations ... for any reason you choose.
At the very least, it's obvious that Jason Parish made a significant impact personally on his friends and family, and through his music to many others.
It seems fitting that we help his family continue to make Jason's life a positive influence on the Appalachian Trail and causes he held dear.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, News, Accidents, Appalachian Trail Clubs, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Rescues, Robert Sutherland Travel Writer, and Accident
We regret to inform you of the death of Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia, PA, who died while camping along the Appalachian Trail at the Ed Garvey shelter.
Published Mar 18, 2015. Appalachian Trail shelters close in Maryland, following the death of a hiker there on March 15th due to a falling tree. The safety closures are temporary.
Published Nov 26, 2013.
Robert Redford & Nick Nolte portray the characters in A Walk in the Woods well, probably. That doesn't guarantee rave reviews of the Appalachian Trail film.