MAINE COUPLE OK AFTER RESCUE OFF CHOCORUA

by Christian Mower on December 13, 2011

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAY A MAINE COUPLE WAS COLD BUT OTHERWISE OK AFTER BEING RESCUED OFF MOUNT CHOCORUA MONDAY NIGHT.

SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS 27-YEAR-OLD EMILY SMITH AND 26-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA HAYES OF SHAPLEIGH PARKED AT THE PIPER TRAIL IN ALBANY AND SET OFF TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN ABOUT 10 A.M. MONDAY, REACHING THE SUMMIT ABOUT 2:30 P.M.

AFTER STARTING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN THE PAIR ENDED UP ON THE WRONG TRAIL.

AS DARKNESS SET IN ABOUT 5 P.M. THE COUPLE WAS ABLE TO GET A CALL OUT FOR HELP USING A CELL PHONE.

ABRAMS SAYS OFFICERS USED G.P.S. TO LOCATE THE COORDINATES OF THE CELL PHONE AND HIKED IN ABOUT A HALF MILE FROM THE LIBERTY TRAIL ON THE TAMWORTH SIDE, FINDING THE COUPLE SHORTLY AFTER 7 P.M.

ABRAMS SAYS THE HIKERS HAD EXTRA FOOD, WATER, CLOTHING AND FIRE MAKING MATERIALS – BUT NO LIGHTS OR TRAIL MAP.

THE HIKERS WERE ABLE TO WALK OUT ON THEIR OWN.

ABRAMS ENCOURAGES HIKERS TO FACTOR EXTRA TIME INTO THEIR PLANS, CARRY PROPER EQUIPMENT – AND CONSIDER THE SHORTER HOURS OF DAYLIGHT – AND THE FACT THAT TEMPERATURES DROP RAPIDLY AFTER SUNSET. 

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