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Ice climber rescued after Friday fall

NEW HAMPTON - A Wolfeboro ice climber was injured when he fell about 100 feet while climbing on Mount Webster in Hart's Location, authorities said Saturday.

James Nupp, 64, was hiking what is known as "shoestring gully" with a friend when he slipped and fell around noon Friday, sustaining multiple injuries that left him unable to walk.

Another climber who was above Nupp on the route witnessed the fall and then climbed higher into the gully to find cell service to call 911, according to Fish and Game.

About a dozen volunteers from the Mountain Rescue Service helped five conservation officers from Fish and Game carry Nupp down three quarters of a mile of very steep and icy terrain, authorities said.

Rescuers reached a waiting ambulance along Route 302 at about 5:30 p.m. Nupp was transported to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for further evaluation and treatment.

Fish and Game reminds people to pack appropriate clothing and equipment while hiking. Hikes often take longer than anticipated and weather is unpredictable. Having appropriate gear aides in safety. More information is available at www.hikesafe.com.


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