January 26. 2013 6:48PM

Texas hiker dies in fall on Mount Adams

RANDOLPH— An experienced hiker from Texas, climbing with friends in the King Ravine area of Mount Adams, fell to his death Saturday, authorities said.



Capt. John Wimsatt of New Hampshire Fish and Game identified the victim as Richard Gabriele, 64, of University Park. He said the man lost his footing on an incline and slid several hundred yards on hard-packed snow and ice.



Wimsatt said the group of seven hikers had set out from the Appalachian trailhead on Route 2 Saturday about 7 a.m.



The accident happened about 1 p.m. The first rescuer, from Randolph Mountain Club, reached the man about 3:30 p.m., Wimsatt said.



Volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and Mountain Rescue Service assisted Fish and Game conservation officers in recovering Gabriele’s body, Wimsatt said.



Wimsatt said the hikers were experienced climbing companions from Maine and Texas and had come to the area for the day to make the climb.



“They were well-equipped for the type of climbing they were doing,” he said.