Hand Tram Tragedy
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
According to a Whittier Police Department (WPD) press release dated 6/9/19, WPD and Girdwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue responded to a call for help for a fallen hiker at the Hand Tram across Glacier Creek on the Winner Creek Trail.
The release states, “Preliminary investigation shows Jeffrey Hummel was assisting other hikers crossing the Hand Tram when he fell approximately 50 feet. Jeffrey Hummel lost balance while assisting the hikers and fell off of the platform, missing the safety netting.
“After extensive work from Girdwood Fire and Rescue, Whittier Police and help from other volunteers that were present, they were able to get Jeffery Hummel to the top of the trail. Unfortunately, due to the severity of the fall, Jeffrey Hummel was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The Hand Tram, a popular destination for hikers in Girdwood Valley, remains closed indefinitely.