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New York City woman latest to be rescued in New Hampshire mountains

January 19. 2014 1:12PM

A New York City woman, who left her ice-climbing companions in search of a new route up the Ammonoosuc Ravine on Mount Washington, was rescued by New Hampshire Fish and Game officers Saturday night.

Dale Edwards, 32, of the Bronx, was hiking with companions from Ottawa, Ontario and Brooklyn, N.Y. in the rugged ravine on the south side of the Cog Railway, Fish and Game officials said.

The trio was in an area Fish and Game officials describe as "well off trail" when Edwards apparently tried to find a new route up an icy flowage. She was unable to return to the group, but each of the hikers continued their journey up the mountain with the expectation that they would meet at the top of the climb.

Edward called a friend in North Conway for help and seven members of the Fish and Game Department's Advanced Search and Rescue Team were dispatched to go look for her.

The two other hikers in her party were located by phone in the Lakes of the Clouds hut operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, which was not staffed at the time.

Conservation officers found the woman at about 10:15 p.m. and she was able to hike with them down the trail.

In a statement, Fish and Game officials said Edwards "kept a level head and used her skills and available gear to ultimately get herself back to a known location."

The group was experienced, had done extensive research on their planned hike, and were appropriately dressed for the winter adventure, the statement said.

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