New Jersey woman gets lost, rescued while hiking Mount Welch in Waterville Valley
November 24. 2017 6:13PM
WATERVILLE VALLEY — A New Jersey woman became lost and had to be rescued while hiking on Mount Welch on Thanksgiving Day, Fish and Game officials said
Jennifer Mehling, 26, of Westampton, N.J., used her cell phone to call New Hampshire Fish and Game at 5:15 p.m., reporting that she was lost and stuck on icy, steep terrain on Mount Welch.
At the direction of state officials, Mehling revealed her location by calling 911 so that those coordinates could be obtained.
A state conservation officer then located the hiker at 6:45 p.m. and she was about 1.4 miles from the head of the hiking trail she was on.
The rescuer gave Mehling traction devices and a head lamp that allowed her to hike to the trail head, where the pair arrived shortly before 8 p.m.
Mehling told authorities that she started the hike at 2:45 p.m. and was surprised the sun had set by 4:15 p.m.
After encountering ice on the trail, she decided to bushwhack through the woods and that’s what led her to becoming lost without a map.
She also lacked additional clothing to wear just as temperatures were dipping down into the 20s.
State Fish and Game officials said the rescue is a reminder to hikers that winter conditions are arriving in the White Mountains; days are getting shorter and hikers should plan accordingly.