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Ogden family warns of hiking dangers after son’s death

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Posted at 7:21 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-05 22:59:43-04

OGDEN, Utah -- An Ogden family hopes their son's tragic death can prevent other accidents from happening in Utah's Canyons.

Adam McBride, 15, was hiking in Davis County Saturday night when he slipped and fell nearly 50 feet. He was taken by helicopter to the hospital, but died from the trauma.

His mother said she had a bad feeling about the hike, but that Adam was excited to ask his girlfriend to the homecoming dance while on the Adam's Canyon Trail.

"He was working a head to try to help everybody down safely," said Shawn Clement, Adam's stepfather. "That's the kind of kid he was, he had a huge heart. He was a hero. He was always looking out for other people and wanting to help other people."

Adam's parents said the 15-year-old was an experienced hiker and always cautious, which makes them think the trail is dangerous.

"Adam's Canyon is beautiful, it really is. But it's treacherous," said Amy McBride-Clement, Adam's mother.

Other hikers say the trail is steep and narrow at the top.

"I can see why people would need to be told that it is dangerous and to really come prepared, come with someone else and things like that, cuz sometimes it gets pretty rough," said Gisela Rivera, a hiker on the trail.

Adam's uncles recently hiked the two miles to the waterfall to put up a memorial in honor of Adam. They also hope it serve as a warning to other hikers.

"Everybody that goes up there will see that and whether they know the exact story or not, they will know something happened there and maybe it will kick some little thing in their brain that says 'hey, we need to be careful right here," Shawn Clement said.

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