Fish and Game: Man falls 20 feet while ice climbing in Hart's Location
February 25. 2018 1:21AM
HART'S LOCATION - Rescuers battled high winds, steep terrain and sleet to bring an injured ice climber to safety Friday afternoon.
Tom Boydston, 64, of Center Conway, was climbing the Monkey Wrench route on Mount Willard in Crawford Notch when he fell about 20 feet, according to a news release from the Fish and Game Department.
Boydston was unable to extract himself due to multiple injuries, but his climbing partners and other climbers were able to lower him to a safe area to await rescue. Fish and Game conservation officers along with members of Bartlett and Twin Mountain fire rescue services and Mountain Rescue Service responded to the 911 call for help.
Officials said the rescue was delayed due to the technical difficulty of the terrain combined with high winds, sleet, rain and darkness.
Rescuers carrying Boydston arrived at the parking area on Route 302 around 7:30 p.m., five and a half hours after the accident. Boydston was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway.