05.06.2019

'It takes one bad step': Why people die at the Grand Canyon

'It takes one bad step': Why people die at the Grand Canyon Photo: Mark Henle, Mark Henle/The Republic

The edge is closer than it looks.

It sneaks up on you, both immovable and unpredictable. The South Rim cuts and juts and zigs and zags, following no particular path until it appears suddenly under your feet, an invisible line between solid ground and emptiness. It’s a belly-tingling view with a magnetic push and pull: Either you can’t stay away, or you can’t imagine getting any closer.

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