Crystal Paula Gonzalez Hiking Accident: The “dancing hiking queen,” a mother of four from California, posted a moving video of herself just before she died after sliding hundreds of feet down an ice slope. Crystal Paula Gonzalez-Landas, 56, is said to have fallen 500–700 feet on Sunday while trekking on Mount Baldy’s snowy Baldy Bowl.
After the event, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department got a call regarding a GPS device sending out an emergency signal, according to KTLA. According to authorities, “the hiker was down on a steep and icy mountain, surrounded by many kind hikers helping in any way they could.”
She was lifted by the sheriff’s patrol helicopter after it arrived, but she passed away from her wounds before being sent to a hospital. The victim was first unidentified, but family and friends later recognized her as Gonzalez-Landas after she shared a brief selfie video on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail.
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“We’re going now! She is wearing a headlamp and says, “There are lots of people out today. Many people recognize her as the dancing hiking queen or the lifelong hiker. She is well-known in the neighborhood for her courageous climbs and everyday encouragement, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up by her daughter Jasmine Rosado.
She was also a wonderful mother to her four children, a sister, and a friend to everyone she met. She is the epitome of beauty, love, and power. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and was a beacon of light to everyone who knew her, writes Rosado of Covina.
Gonzalez-Landas uploaded a terrifying video of the hazardous conditions, including pouring snow as she loses her footing, four days before the catastrophe. These substances are hazardous! Beware of hikers,” she wrote in the video’s caption. Gonzalez-Landas is the second individual to have passed away on Mount Baldy, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
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On the same peak during the winter, numerous fall victims are reportedly documented. We kindly request that trekkers arrive equipped and hike responsibly,” it said. The department recommended that people “wear adequate attire for the cooler weather conditions and carry the correct snow and ice gear with them.”