Great Barrington man perishes on Mount Greylock

Adams — A Great Barrington man died on Mount Greylock Monday afternoon (July 17), the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed.

Kurt Kruger
Kurt Kruger

Kurt Kruger, 54, of Grove Street, was discovered by a pair of hikers on the Cheshire Harbor Trail about a mile from the summit of the mountain at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Fred Lantz, spokesman for Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless, said the death is not considered suspicious.

Kruger’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office with assistance from the Crime Scene Services Section, troopers assigned to the Cheshire barracks, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, the Adams Forest Wardens, the Cheshire Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance Service.

Kruger is a Berkshire Edge writer, contributing poems and short stories. He is well-known for his readings at the Deb Koffman Gallery in Housatonic and at Fuel in Great Barrington, as well as at Helsinki Hudson poetry slams. He was also fluent in Sanskrit and occasionally taught classes in this archaic language at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Funeral arrangements are pending.