Fish & Game warns of spring hiking dangers
According to Fish and Game, Humphrey set out at 5 a.m. Sunday from the Appalachian Mountain Club hostel at Crawford Notch on Route 302 with the intent of covering the 21 miles to the Lincoln Woods Trailhead in one day.
Humphrey called 911 at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and again at 1:30 a.m. Monday, saying he was in distress. Rescuers set out 90 minutes after the second call to find him and located Humphrey almost nine miles from the nearest trailhead.
Murphy said hikers have to be prepared for more than just the prospect of good exercise and should consider and plan for worst-case scenarios.
In addition to Tuesday’s rescue of Humphrey, Fish and Game conservation officers on May 2 had to guide down by telephone five southern New Hampshire teenagers who attempted to traverse the Flume Slide Trail up to Franconia Ridge, cross the ridge, and come down the Liberty Spring Trail.
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