A Fish and Game official says four ill-equipped hikers from Massachusetts probably would have died Sunday on the Franconia Ridge had two Connecticut men not happened along. NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.
Brian Croce and a companion were working their way along the Franconia Ridge in blustery, frigid conditions Sunday afternoon.
Then they saw four people - three men and a woman - huddled together behind a rock.
“The guy told us that they desperately needed help and to call 911 for them.”
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Typically winter hikers try to balance what they need with not turning themselves into recreational beasts of burden. But when searchers from New Hampshire Fish and Game head into the mountains they don’t have the luxury of light weight.
They have to be ready for almost any contingency including uncooperative if not perverse weather. And, that translates into pounds.
“I’d say my ruck weighs approximately fifty-five pounds,” says Conservation Officer Brad Morse, who often heads into The White Mountains looking for a lost or injured hiker.