Hiking

Mother of deceased teenager urges hikers to take precautions when hiking alone

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We know more about what happened to a 16-year-old who died while hiking.

Quinn Fike’s mother told us the teenager was alone on the far west trails around Lake Mead Blvd and 215. She wanted to warn others of the serious dangers the outdoors can bring if you don’t. are not prepared.

Quinn Fike was eager to reach the top of the mountain via 215 and Lake Mead Boulevard. She died doing what she loved: climbing through nature. She is remembered as an outdoor enthusiast who was no stranger to hiking in the mountains.

“She’s camped in every national park in the southwest,” Quinn’s mother, Tonia Fike, told 8 News Now. “She realized she wanted to spend every day outside.”

Fike said Quinn had just returned from a 15-day grand canyon rafting trip.

Quinn was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. With her diagnosis, the teenager’s mindset lived her life to the fullest. So on Tuesday night she begged her mum to let her go hiking alone the next morning at 6am

“She had a Dexcom meter, which is a continuous glucometer. It’s built into his arm and it communicates with my phone,” Fike told 8 News Now. “I said if you must, hit the neighborhood trails.”

But around 10 a.m., something was wrong. Fike started getting alerts on his phone that Quinn’s sugar was out of range. She used the Life 360 ​​app and realized that Quinn had walked four hours to the top of the mountain. The times reached 104.

“She was in distress,” Finn said of his daughter over the phone. “She looked overheated more than anything. I asked him ‘how are your sugars, do they seem high?’ and she said ‘Mom, I’m fine. I will hurry.

The hours have passed. Fike knew something was wrong and rescuers rushed to the scene. It doesn’t appear that Quinn was following the trail setting. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Quinn’s body was found on a ledge. Quinn’s mother shared that she thought Quinn died from a fall.

“To get to that peak, even on well-established trails, you need a certain type of climbing and spotters. And she did it on her own.

With this serious result, Fike wanted to let all hiking enthusiasts know that they should never hike alone so that no family would have to go through the heartache they were facing.

Quinn’s family set up a GoFundMe to contribute to memory costs.