MAINE MAN RESCUED FROM FRANCONIA RIDGE

by Christian Mower on February 4, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS WINTER HIKERS SHOULD ALWAYS HIKE WITH A COMPANION AFTER A LATE NIGHT RESCUE FRIDAY NIGHT OF A 24-YEAR-OLD MAINE MAN WHO BECAME STRANDED IN DEEP SNOW ON FRANCONIA RIDGE.

LT. JAMES KNEELAND SAYS CONSERVATION OFFICERS MURPHY AND MORSE WERE ABLE TO GET TO EVAN EMBREY OF BUXTON WITH A PAIR OF SNOWSHOES AFTER DETERMINING HIS LOCATION FROM A CELL PHONE HE USED TO CALL FOR HELP.

EMBREY HAD BROKEN HIS SNOWSHOES AND BEEN BLOWN OFF THE TRAIL. HE CLIMBED INTO A SLEEPING BAG TO STAY WARM AND WAIT FOR HIS RESCUERS. KNEELAND SAYS THE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO ESCORT HIM BACK TO THE TRAIL HEAD IN FRANCONIA NOTCH, DESPITE WINDS OF 50 MILES PER HOUR AND BLOWING SNOW THAT LIMITED VISIBILITY TO FIVE FEET OR LESS.

KNEELAND SAYS EMBREY HAD THE APPROPRIATE GEAR FOR A WINTER HIKE AND THE ITINERARY HE LEFT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS HELPED IN THE SEARCH FOR HIM.

BUT HE ALSO SAYS HIKERS NEED TO TURN BACK WHEN FACED WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS BEYOND THEIR ABILITIES.

FOR IDEAS ON HOW TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR A HIKE, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com.