Hiker Carried Off Of Boulder Loop Trail


ALBANY, NH -A hiker had to be carried out after being injured on an Albany trail. New Hampshire Fish and Game Officials said 71-year-old Kenneth Kolano from New Jersey was hiking the Boulder Loop Trail Wednesday afternoon when he fell injuring his leg.

He was with seven other hikers and they were able to call 911 for assistance.

The trail is a 2.8 mile loop and Mr. Kolano was about 1.2 miles from the trailhead when he was injured. He attempted to continue walking but his injury coupled with very icy trail conditions required rescuers to place him in a litter and carry him out to the trailhead.

Mr. Kolano reached the trailhead shortly after 6:00 PM and left with members of his group to seek medical attention.

Personnel from the US Forest Service, NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers and students currently enrolled at a SOLO EMT course participated in the rescue.

Fish and Game Officials cautioned hikers saying Trail conditions throughout the White Mountains are extremely icy after the warm weather and rain the area received last week. Recent snowfall covered the ice and made trail conditions more difficult. Microspikes and or crampons are a necessity. Also, in higher elevations or if hikers find themselves off trail snowshoes are also a must.