MISS. HIKER RESCUED FROM SUCCESS

by Christian Mower on June 22, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A 73-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS SAFE AFTER BEING RESCUED OFF A SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN COOS COUNTY THURSDAY.

CONSERVATION OFFICER MARK OBER, JR. SAYS OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL FOR HELP FROM THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB AFTER CAROLYN HENDERSON OF OBETT REPORTED SHE WAS NOT FEELING WELL BECAUSE OF LACK OF FOOD AND WATER.

OFFICERS LOCATED HENDERSON SHORTLY BEFORE 1:30 A.M. THURSDAY ON THE MAHOOSUC TRAIL IN SUCCESS. THEY PROVIDED HER FOOD AND WATER AND ESCORTED HER OUT ON LOGGING ROADS, ARRIVING AT THE CARBERRY LANDFILL ABOUT 5 A.M. THURSDAY.

OBER SAYS HENDERSON HAS BEEN HIKING FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND WAS RECENTLY TRYING TO HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN SECTIONS. HE SAYS SHE HAD MOST OF THE ESSENTIAL GEAR NEEDED FOR A SAFE HIKE, INCLUDING LIGHTS, A COMPASS, A TENT AND A SLEEPING BAG.

OBER SAYS HENDERSON BECAME ILL BECAUSE OF THE EXTREME HEAT. SHE BECAME DISORIENTED WHILE ON THE SUMMIT OF CASCADE MOUNTAIN AND INSTEAD OF HIKING WEST TOWARD HER VEHICLE AT RATTLE RIVER TRAIL PARKING, SHE STARTED HIKING EAST IN THE DIRECTION SHE HAD COME FROM.

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