lost hikers

Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Women are one of the fastest-growing demographics for outdoor recreation in New Hampshire.

The state Department of Fish & Game has encouraged that for more than 20 years with its “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program, or BOW. It helps the department make money and cut down on preventable rescues.

NHPR’s Annie Ropeik attended the winter BOW last weekend in Holderness, and found out it’s also about women helping women learn to fend for themselves. 

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are seeking the public's help in finding a missing hiker from Massachusetts.

Officials say 64-year-old Claire Marie Cocuzzo of Westwood, Massachusetts, planned to hike the White Mountains from Oct. 5-10. A family member reported her missing when she did not return as scheduled.

Cocuzzo had planned to hike from the Mount Garfield trailhead to Bond Cliff and back — a distances of about 26 miles.

Officials are asking anyone who had any interaction with her to call Fish and Game headquarters at 603-271-3361.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that an out-of-state hiker was responsible for his 2012 rescue. 

 Then 59-year-old Edward Bacon of Michigan will now have to pay the state more than $9,100.

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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.

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.

 A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice.

Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to call 911 Thursday afternoon from Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers found him about five hours later, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. They replaced his frozen shoes and socks with dry ones and put several layers of clothing on him.

On Wednesday Fish and Game officials aided a woman at Franconia Notch when she experienced chest pains. The same day hikers helped a man who fell 20 feet down a Mount Washington trail.

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game’s Lieutenant Robert Bryant said hiker mishaps are a common occurrence in the summer.  

This is the time of year for vacation and hiking and it’s certainly not uncommon for us to head out to help hikers.

Bryant says many problems arise from poor planning, and he offers the following tips for hikers:

Two adults and four small children were rescued Friday night in the White Mountains after they became lost and were trying to light the trail with a cell phone, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Lt. James Kneeland said about 9:15 p.m. Fish and Game was notified that the group has used a cell phone to call for help.

The group was composed of Josie Rogers and her husband, Christopher Kangas, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.  They were with their four children, ages eight, six, five and two.