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Easton woman helped off Mount Washington after losing trail in wind and blowing snow

January 11. 2018 9:15AM

SARGENT’S PURCHASE — An Easton woman needed help off the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail on Mount Washington early Thursday after losing the trail in high wind and blowing snow Wednesday afternoon, Fish and Game officials said.

Amy Baker, 45, activated her emergency beacon about 5:30 p.m., officials said, after texting a friend that she had lost the trail above treeline, was waist-deep in snow and was moving slowly.

Using location information from the beacon, Fish and Game officers hiked about 1.7 miles up the trail, then bushwhacked off trail to find Baker about 1:55 a.m. Thursday, a release said.

Officers helped Baker down the trail, arriving at the trailhead about 4 a.m., the release said. Baker was carrying most essential equipment needed for winter hiking officials, said, but had left her snowshoes in her vehicle because she hadn’t planned to go off the trail.

She had purchased a 2018 Safe Hike card before hiking officials said.

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