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Friday, September 11, 2009

Remains of Missing Hiker Found in Alaska

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Paul Schoch (photo from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College)

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The remains of Paul Schoch, of Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin have been found, and returned to his home for burial. Schoch disappeared in Alaska, two years ago. He was a volunteer and supporter of the North Country Trail.

Schoch was found by hikers in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, last month. He had been camped in a remote area of the park, accessible only by plane. He was located about 12 miles from his campsite, and it looked as if he had sat down on a rock to rest, had a heart attack and died. Schoch was camping alone in the Skolai Pass area.

“He did a lot of the stuff most people only dream about,” said Chuck Zosel of the Brule-St. Croix Chapter of the North Country Trail Association. “He was willing to take those challenges.”

In June, a campsite along the NCT was dedicated to Schoch. Friends told stories, sipped wine he had made and shared photos. "Our memories of Paul are all connected with the North Country Trail,” wrote Peter and Lynne Nason of Solon Spring, Wisconsin. (Lynne is the chair for the Ashland 2010 Conference.)

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has established a scholarship in Schoch’s memory. The Paul Schoch Memorial Scholarship will be available to WITC-Ashland students this fall. Preference will be given to non-traditional students enrolled in the marine repair technician program.

See Brule- St. Croix Chapter of the NCTA
See Hiker's remains found in Alaskan park, Superior Telegram
See Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Scholarship

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