Success, NH – A sick hiker was rescued in the White Mountains yesterday. Officials with New Hampshire Fish and Game said that at 4pm 55-year-old Eryc Christofes of Pennsylvania was hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail near the summit of Mt. Success when he had struck by an undisclosed illness. The thru hiker who reported the incident and three of his companions stayed with Christofes, giving him liquids and support until rescuers could arrive.
Conservation officers and members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue had begun hiking up the Success Trail near Success Lake to Christofes when they were informed that Christofes had recovered enough to attempt to close the distance between them. At 5:56pm the thru hikers called in reporting that Christofes had reached the junction of the Mahoosuc Trail and Success Trail and would be starting down.
Rescuers made contact with the hikers approximately 1.5 miles from the trail head ,where Christfes was given a medical assessment on the trail and after re-hydrating and rest was able to hike out under his own power making it down at 8pm.
He was then transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin for further medical treatment and evaluation.