Chattanooga hiker dies in Smoky Mountains

Chattanooga hiker dies in Smoky Mountains

May 30, 2005

GATLINBURG (AP) -- A Chattanooga man died of an apparent heart attack while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

John Bolinger, 55, was hiking up Mount LeConte with a group of friends Sunday when he collapsed, park spokeswoman Nancy Gray said Monday.

The group was hiking on the five-mile Alum Cave trail and planned to spend the night at the lodge on top of Mount LeConte, which at 6,500 feet is one of the park's tallest mountains. They were about a mile from the lodge when Bolinger collapsed.

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