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Chapel Hill man dies in waterfall fall

Posted April 28, 2008
Updated April 29, 2008

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— A Chapel Hill man was killed over the weekend when he slipped and fell along a waterfall in western North Carolina, authorities said.

James Karpinos, 22, a senior sociology major at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, was hiking with a friend along the Horsepasture River in Transylvania County when he fell, authorities said.

Karpinos was well-known on campus as an experienced outdoorsman and as a trip leader for UNC-A's Outdoors Program, authorities said.


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  • oldschooltarheel Apr 29, 2008

    Poor guy. Hopefully no nitwit lawsuits will fester up because of his misstep.

  • houndie Apr 28, 2008

    I feel so sad for his family losing their 22 year old son. I have done a lot of traveling in that area and the falls are beautiful but quite dangerous. So sad.

  • denverbob234 Apr 28, 2008

    I know the place he was hiking, if he fell in at the top of the third falls, there is no stopping you from going over a 120 foot water falls with jagged rocks at the bottom. A beautiful place but it can be very dangerous. He is not the first nor the last to take that fall.

  • KniftyKnitter Apr 28, 2008

    My heart goes out to his family!! I wonder which of the falls he fell over....my family and I hiked down to Rainbow Falls last year. I know hiking past Rainbow Falls is harder and more dangerous.