NH F&G RESCUES SIX FROM WILDERNESS AREA

by Gair on January 14, 2013

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER IS REMINDING HIKERS TO PACK APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT AFTER A WILDERNESS RESCUE OF SIX MOUNTAIN CLUB MEMBERS IN COOS COUNTY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. JIM GOSS SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT WAS NOTIFIED ABOUT 6 P.M. FRIDAY BY THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE THAT HALF A DOZEN MEMBERS OF THE TUFTS UNIVERSITY MOUNTAIN CLUB WERE LOST NEAR DRY RIVER IN CUTTS GRANT, JUST MORE THAN THREE MILES FROM THE TRAIL HEAD ON ROUTE 302 IN HARTS LOCATION.

THE GROUP OF 19 AND 20-YEAR-OLDS HAD CLIMBED MOUNT PIERCE FRIDAY AND INTENDED TO RETURN TO THEIR PARKED CAR AT THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB’S HIGHLAND CENTER IN CARROLL – BUT MISTAKENLY TOOK THE WRONG TRAIL – THE DRY RIVER CUTOFF TRAIL – AND ENDED UP IN THE DRY RIVER WILDERNESS THAT WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED DURING HURRICANE IRENE.

THE TRAIL IS ACTUALLY CLOSED BECAUSE SECTIONS OF IT – AND BRIDGES OVER IT – ARE WASHED AWAY – AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ON IT.

AFTER GETTING A GPS LOCATION ON THE LOST GROUP, A SPECIALIZED SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM OF FOUR CONSERVATION OFFICERS WEARING SNOWSHOES HIKED THROUGH THE NIGHT IN ABOUT FOUR FEET OF SNOW PACK AND GOT TO THE GROUP AROUND 2:30 A.M. SATURDAY. THE OFFICERS THEN HIKED THE GROUP OUT TO THE TRAIL HEAD ON ROUTE 302.

GOSS SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT. HE CAUTIONS HIKES OFTEN TAKE LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED – THE WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE – AND APPROPRIATE GEAR MAKES HIKES SAFER.

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