While the legislature considers whether to allow a $25 hiker’s card that would eliminate any chance of being charged for a rescue, a Michigan man is fighting a $9,300 bill for the help he got in 2012.
Earlier this month a judge in District Court in Concord decided Edward Bacon of Northville, Michigan was negligent. That meant he should reimburse New Hampshire Fish and Game for the cost of his rescue from the Franconia Ridge.
Six Canadian hikers were helped off New Hampshire's Mount Washington after they called 911 from the mountain's auto road. New Hampshire Fish and Game says the hikers were all in their 20s and from the province of Quebec. They had hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and reached the summit around 2 p.m. Saturday, but with temperatures at zero degrees and winds at 50 mph, they decided to walk down the auto road. Some members of the group were not dressed appropriately for the weather, and feeling the cold, they called 911.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are reminding hikers to be prepared this fall after several hikers needed to be rescued this week.
A Vermont couple was found and helped down Mount Madison in Lancaster in an all-night rescue after the hikers were caught in a severe storm on Monday afternoon.
And a 23-year-old Massachusetts man who was hiking with his caregiver and two companions separated from the group and got lost on Mount Sunapee on Monday. He was found safe about five miles from his last known location.
Fish and Game officers rescued two Ohio hikers from a trail on Mount Washington Thursday night because the pair didn’t have flashlights.
The husband and wife, Robert Scanlon and Candy Neville – both in their mid-60’s - from Shaker, Heights Ohio, rode the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, Fish and Game Lt. Wayne Saunders said in a news release.
Then, they decided to hike down on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.
A 25-year-old hiker was fatally injured in a fall Thursday afternoon while coming down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mount Washington, according to Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.
The man was hiking with friends and left the trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet “landing on a small ledge approximately three quarters of the way up the Headwall," Ober wrote in a news release.
In New Hampshire this summer, many hikers will hit the trail without proper gear. That’s the word from a new Brown University study. The report finds that younger hikers and those on shorter journeys are particularly likely to trek unprepared.