MICHIGAN HIKER RESCUED FROM WHITE MOUNTAINS

by Christian Mower on September 19, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS ARE CALLING TUESDAY NIGHT’S SEARCH AND RESCUE OF A 59-YEAR-OLD INJURED MICHIGAN OFF THE FRANCONIA RIDGE TRAIL IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS DURING A STORM “HEROIC” AND “HERCULEAN.”

CONSERVATION OFFICER CAPT. JOHN WIMSATT SAYS EDWARD BACON OF NORTHVILLE WAS ON THE THIRD DAY OF A PLANNED 5-DAY SOLO HIKE IN AND AROUND FRANCONIA NOTCH WHEN HE FELL EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND SERIOUSLY INJURED HIS HIP.

BACON MANAGED TO GET TWO CELL PHONE CALLS OUT FOR HELP BUT HIS TENT BLEW AWAY IN THE HIGH WINDS AND HE WAS RAIN-SOAKED AND BECOMING HYPOTHERMIC.

AN INITIAL RESCUER FROM THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB HAD TO TURN BACK IN HIS ATTEMPT TO REACH BACON BECAUSE OF THE HIGH WINDS, WHICH WERE GUSTING TO MORE THAN 80-MILES PER HOUR. WIMSATT SAYS SHORTLY BEFORE 6:30 P.M. TUESDAY TWO OTHER AMC STAFFERS REACHED BACON BETWEEN LITTLE HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN AND MOUNT LINCOLN – AND SHORTLY AFTER THAT, FISH AND GAME OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM PEMIGEWASSET VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE ARRIVED.

BACON WAS SECURED IN A LITTER AND OFFICERS THEN COORDINATED A NEARLY 4-MILE CARRYOUT OVER DIFFICULT TERRAIN, WHILE VOLUNTEERS FROM MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE USED ROPES TO HELP THE TEAMS SAFELY CROSS FLOODED BROOKS ON THE WAY DOWN.

RESCUERS REACHED THE TRAIL HEAD SHORTLY BEFORE 3:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY AND BACON WAS TAKEN BY FRANCONIA AMBULANCE TO LITTLETON REGIONAL HOSPITAL.

WIMSATT PRAISES EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE EFFORT.

HE ALSO STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERLY PREPARING FOR ANY HIKE IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS.

FOR PREPARATION TIPS, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com.