JEFFERSON, NH – Multiple Hikers found themselves stranded while attempting to make it to an AMC Hut Friday. Fish and Game Officials said a group of ten hikers were on an overnight hike via the A-Z trail, and planned to stay at the Appalachian Mountain Club‘s Zealand Falls hut Friday night.
Due to the heavy rains they found themselves trapped between two overflowing and fast moving brooks unable to reach the hut or continue. At 4:45pm they called for help from the AMC who then contacted the New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Mountain Rescue Service due to the technical difficulty.
The rescuers met at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch and hiked to the location of the stranded hikers on the A-Z trail, arriving at 10:45 p.m.
The stranded hikers were extricated across the brook by MRS and assisted back to the AMC Highland Center arriving at 1:20 a.m. Saturday.
Fish and Game Officials said that this incident is a good reminder to all people recreating in the outdoors to plan appropriately when hiking. When hiking in the mountains always monitor the weather forecasts and alter or delay you hike if necessary. The weather suddenly and frequently changes in the mountains; hikers should carry appropriate equipment for unexpected situations and be prepared to spend the night if necessary. Having appropriate gear aides in safety. Please visit www.hikesafe.com for a list of recommended hiking equipment.