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Pedant: the woman was hiking off-trail. Which is easy to do at the Grand Canyon. If you stay on the trails you're fine. If you venture over guardrails, or off the paved path, you're taking your life in your hands. The edge can be crumbly, and it's a long way down. At least on the rim. Trails into the Canyon aren't paved, and no guardrails. And lots of mule poo. But this woman wasn't doing that.

Also, if you're hiking in AZ it's helpful to know what a rattlesnake sounds like. There are buzzing insects that kinda sound similar if you aren't in the know. Once you've heard a rattlesnake, you won't ever forget that sound.

And, yes, the heat kills. There are people who keel over mowing their lawns. Much less hiking in shadeless desert potentially miles from help. Bring twice as much water as you think you'll need, because you probably are underestimating how much you need. You'll dehydrate like beef jerky in the AZ sun, and when you start to feel it it can already be too late. Visitors especially have this problem (we read about someone visiting from Minnesota -or wherever- thinking they'll go for a "walk" in June, and they get in trouble (or die) almost every year).

Good advice about checking your shoes. While it generally won't kill an adult, the AZ Bark Scorpion is seriously painful for a few days.
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