Three Rescues In The North Country

Apr 25, 2016

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Cold temperatures and icy trails caused problems for hikers in the North Country over the weekend, says Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Sunday morning a hiker who was suffering from hypothermia was rescued on the Falling Waters Trail.

Kneeland said two hikers camped Saturday night, but lacked adequate cold-weather equipment and in the morning one reported “difficulty moving.”  Members of Pemi Search and Rescue Team reached them late morning, warmed them and helped them off the mountain.

Sunday afternoon, there were two more rescues.

Two hikers on the Garfield Ridge Trail in Bethlehem called for help, using a personal locator beacon. One of the hikers was injured during a fall the previous day, but the pair thought after resting overnight they would be able to walk out. The hikers had proper winter gear, but Sunday discovered the injured man would still need help.

And a rock loosened by frost hit a man climbing Artist’s Bluff in the Franconia Notch. He suffered what was described as a “non-life threatening injury.”

Kneeland said hikers need to remember that many trails are still icy and temperatures drop significantly after dark.