Skier self-rescues near Mount Adams

by Tony on April 9, 2014

A New Hampshire Fish and Game Officer says a 22-year-old Weare, New Hampshire man was able to rescue himself after he fell while trying to ski Monday afternoon in the back country near Mount Adams, northeast of Mount Washington.

Sgt. Mark Ober says Patrick Luk was trying to ski the Great Gully Ravine around 4 p.m. when an ice slab he was standing on gave way, causing him to plummet several hundred feet down into the icy ravine.

Luk came to a stop in the floor of the ravine just above the ice caves. Ober says he was wearing a helmet and that undoubtedly saved his life, but he did suffer head and leg injuries. Luk tried to call 911 but couldn’t get a call out.

Knowing it was about to start raining, Luk crawled, shimmied and walked out of the Great Gully to the Short Line Trail and then spent more than seven hours walking to his vehicle at the Appalachia parking lot, arriving shortly before midnight. He then called New Hampshire State Police to report he had made it.

A rescue mission had begun a little more than an hour earlier after Luk’s mother called to report she had not heard from her son. Rescuers were just minutes from the trail head when Luk reported in.

Luk was taken by Gorham EMS to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin but a spokesperson there said he was not there Wednesday morning. His condition is not known.