BOULDER CITY, Nev. — A Boy Scout group that took a hike in a Colorado
River canyon over the weekend had tried to beat the heat by starting early, but
they were no match for temperatures that soared to 115 degrees.
Scout leader and Las Vegas resident Clawson Bowman Jr., 69, was found dead
Saturday afternoon about a mile from the trailhead, according to officials with
the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Four other Scouts and another adult had
to be rescued from the area a few miles from Hoover Dam.
“It’s just a tragic day for our scouting family and the church family that
this group came from,” said Shane Calendine, Scout executive with the Boy
Scouts of America, Las Vegas Area Council. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal
the troop was affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
The group of nine people — including seven hikers between the ages of 10 and
17, and two adults — arrived at their destination, Arizona Hot Springs, about 9
Temperatures soared to triple digits before 10 a.m.
Trouble struck as the group split up and became disoriented while heading back.
Rangers said a 39-year-old man who went to look for Bowman’s group started to
suffer from heat stroke.
Four Scouts eventually reached a site about four miles from Hoover Dam that had
better cellphone reception. They called for help and maintained contact with
officials until they were found by Las Vegas air rescuers about 5 p.m.
“Fortunately, the young men (who) were there stayed calm and kept in
communication with rescue,” Calendine said.
Bowman was located about 3:30 p.m. and pronounced dead on the scene. The
39-year-old was found soon after and treated until he could be flown from
Bowman worked at a firm that consults with pharmaceutical companies, according
to the Review-Journal. He had a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University
and a law degree from Western State University, the newspaper reported.
The canyon area, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, is so notorious
for heat that signs warn about the dangers to hikers. Park officials said they
don’t recommend hiking in the record temperatures seen over the weekend.
“Weather and conditions are something that all of the groups should consider
when they go out on any activity,” Calendine said.