Negligent Hiker Law Put To The Test In N.H. Supreme Court

Apr 30, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to issue its ruling on whether an out-of-state hiker should have to pay for his rescue back in 2012.

Credit Courtesy of Fish and Game

Earlier this year, a Concord district court judge agreed with Fish and Game that Edward Bacon of Michigan acted negligently after he set out on a five-day solo hike in the White Mountains with an artificial hip that he had previously dislocated multiple times.

The current bill rings in at more than $9,100.

If the court rules against Bacon, he says he plans to never hike in New Hampshire again.

So far a total of 63 hikers have been found negligent since the law was put on the books seven years ago.