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New York hiker rescued in Franconia, reaching trailhead five hours after first getting lost

January 20. 2018 4:36PM

FRANCONIA — New Hampshire Fish and Game officers rescued a 67-year-old man from Schenectady, N.Y., who got lost on the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Friday night.

Wayne Gage called 911 at 6:30 p.m. after he had gotten lost after trying for two hours to find his way.

Two conservation officers hiked up the trail and found Gage, who was 150 feet off the route in a steep drainage area.

Gage was uninjured and well prepared for the hike but Fish and Game officials said he lacked a compass or GPS unit.

The group reached the trailhead parking lot at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Officials said that those hiking in New Hampshire should go to for a list of the 10 essentials of recommended equipment.

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