UNC-Chapel Hill student dies while hiking in Utah

UNC-Chapel Hill student dies while hiking in Utah

Sally Sasz, a 21-year-old student at UNC-Chapel Hill and Charlotte, NC native, passed away while hiking in Utah on July 6. Sasz was in California visiting a family friend, then traveled to Utah over the weekend to hike with another friend, the Charlotte Observer reports. There is no official cause of death, but Sasz’s father told the Observer that heat was the most likely cause. 

Sasz was a Morehead-Cain merit scholar at UNC and was described by friends as a “bright light.” She grew up in Charlotte and attended Charlotte Country Day School, where she competed in varsity tennis and basketball and was the president of Country Day’s National Art Honor Society. 

Mountain biking film ACCOMPLICE to premier at Hounds Drive-in in Kings Mountain, NC

Load up the car and head to Hounds Drive-in in Kings Mountain, NC on Tuesday, July 14 to catch the NC premier of Teton Gravity Research’s newest mountain bike film ACCOMPLICE. Directed by Jeremy Grant, ACCOMPLICE is a homage to all the crazy adventures and crazier comrades that result from our finest sidekick—the mountain bike. 

Gates open at 6pm and the film begins at sunset, around 8:40pm. Tickets are $40 per vehicle. Snag your tickets here

Temporary trail closures in the Tsali Complex for trail maintenance

The Left Loop Trail of the Tsali Trail Complex will temporarily close for trail maintenance beginning Monday, July 13, on the Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, the Forest Service said in a news release. After work is complete the Left Loop Trail will reopen but the Right Loop Trail will close for maintenance work until mid-October.

Work includes the replacement of two trail bridges, trail tread repair, trail reroutes, brushing and vegetation removal and water drainage repair. 

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