NHFG: RESCUED HIKER “DID EVERYTHING WRONG”

by Christian Mower on May 8, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME CONSERVATION OFFICER SAYS A RESCUED MASSACHUSETTS HIKER “DID EVERYTHING WRONG.”

SGT. WAYNE SAUNDERS SAYS 49-YEAR-OLD MARK WALSH OF SANDWICH CALLED 911 ABOUT 5:45 P.M. MONDAY TO REPORT HE WAS HAVING A MEDICAL PROBLEM ON MOUNT MADISON.

SAUNDERS SAYS WALSH HAD LOST THE TRAIL, RUN OUT OF WATER – AND DIDN’T HAVE A FLASHLIGHT OR THE PROPER CLOTHING FOR HIKING.

FISH AND GAME OFFICERS WERE JOINED BY THE CARETAKER FOR THE RANDOLPH MOUNTAIN CLUB’S GRAY KNOB CABIN, ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM AND THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB’S SEARCH AND RESCUE IN THE HUNTS FOR WALSH AND HE WAS LOCATED ABOUT 11 P.M. MONDAY, WELL OFF THE PINE LINK TRAIL.

WALSH WAS EVALUATED BY A PARAMEDIC, GIVEN FOOD AND WATER, AND THEN ESCORTED OUT, REACHING THE TRAIL HEAD ABOUT 4:30 A.M. TUESDAY.

SAUNDERS SAYS WALSH LEFT LATE IN THE DAY FOR HIS HIKE, NOT ALLOWING ENOUGH TIME FOR IT – DID NOT EAT OR DRINK DURING HIS HIKE, DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH WATER, ONLY HAD TWO T-SHIRTS AND NO LIGHT, WAS WEARING KNEE HIGH RUBBER BOOTS INSTEAD OF PROPER HIKING SHOES, DID NOT CARRY A BACK PACK WITH SURVIVAL ESSENTIALS AND LEFT THE TRAIL.

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