April 26, 2018
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MDI cross-country skier found dead at Acadia National Park

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A Mount Desert Island man has died after going for a cross-country ski in the park Saturday night, according to a park official.

Duncan Rosborough, 52, of Mount Desert was found dead in the park on the Paradise Hill loop trail around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Acadia National Park Deputy Superintendent Len Bobinchock said. He had gone out skiing by himself the night before, telling his family he’d be gone for about an hour. He had told them he planned to ski near Eagle Lake, Bobinchock said.

“He was described as a good skier who knew the trails very well,” Bobinchock said.

Around midnight, when Rosborough had failed to return home, members of his family went out looking for him. After they were unsuccessful, they contacted the Bar Harbor Police Department around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police notified Acadia National Park officials, who assembled a team of approximately 20 rangers and members of MDI Search & Rescue to begin a search, according to Bobinchock. Rangers on snowmobiles searched around Eagle Lake and Witch Hole Pond but did not find Rosborough right away.

Later, Chief Ranger Stuart West went back toward Witch Hole Pond and found Rosborough on the Paradise Hill loop trail, which is part of the park’s carriage road system.

“It appeared he died of natural causes,” Bobinchock said.

Rosborough was still wearing his cross-country skiing equipment when he was found, the deputy superintendent said.

Bobinchock said Rosborough took many proper precautions before heading out the night before. He told his family where he was going and when he expected to return. He was well-dressed for the cold weather, which was in the single digits, and had a head lamp so he could see in the dark.

Bobinchock said night skiing when the moon is out is a popular winter activity in the park, but that there are always risks to venturing out into the park at any time of day or year. He said that as experienced and prepared as Rosborough was, he still took a risk by venturing out by himself.

“Skiing alone, especially at night, is risky,” Bobinchock said. “Whenever you’re out by yourself, you’re taking a chance.”

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