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Mt. Washington wind, snow lead to call for hiker’s rescue

Although it’s June, snow and ice were factors Tuesday when a woman fell on Mt. Washington, injured her leg and had to be brought down the mountain by rescuers.

Identified by New Hampshire Fish and Game officials only as a “young woman from East Haven, Conn.,” the victim and others in her group spent Monday night at the Lakes of the Clouds Appalachian Mountain Club Hut.

The woman and her party set out Tuesday morning for the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center, and were on the Crossover Trail near the Tuckerman Junction when she lost her footing, fell and injured her lower leg, according to Fish and Game officer Kevin Bronson of the Region One office in Lancaster.

“The incident occurred as a result of inclement snow and ice conditions,” Bronson said in a news release issued Tuesday.

Hikers in the area headed for the AMC hut to summon help; AMC volunteers Arran Dindorf and Jeff Petersen responded.

“Upon arrival, Mr. Dindorf and Mr. Petersen splinted the victim’s leg, but she was unable to walk. Mr. Dindorf and Mr. Petersen then carried her roughly a mile to the Mount Washington Auto Road, where they were met by personnel of the Mt. Washington State Park,” Bronson wrote.

The victim and members of her party were led to the Mount Washington summit. Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, she was driven down the auto road to a spot near Route 16, where members of the Gorham Ambulance crew evaluated her condition prior to her receiving medical treatment.

“The volunteers did an outstanding job removing the victim from a hazardous situation,” Bronson said.

“Despite low temperatures and driving wind and snow, the volunteers were able to remove her quickly.”


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