Two ill hikers carried off Mount Washington trails
PINKHAM';S GRANT -; Two hikers stricken by medical problems while descending Mt. Washington Monday night were carried off the mountain on litters -; one for more than 1.5 miles -; by two teams of rescuers.
The incidents happened at the same time, at about 9:30 p.m., and required teams of state Fish and Game Conservation officers, and volunteers from other rescue organizations, to carry the ill hikers safely down the mountain.
Hiker Everett Piper, 58, of Campton suffered an unknown medical problem as he was descending the Jewell Trail in Twin Mountain.
Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue and rescuers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team responded to the Jewell Trailhead parking area in Twin Mountain. They reached Piper, who was put on a litter and carried about a half-mile to the trailhead and then taken to Littleton Regional Hospital for further evaluation.
The second person carried down the mountain was Jennifer Rodriguez, of Bayonne, N.J., who suffered a diabetic emergency as she descended the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.
Fish and Game Conservation officers, along with rescuers from the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team, the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, Appalachian Mountain Club members and U.S. Forest Service, responded.
Rodriguez was placed in a litter and carried about 1.5 miles to the Appalachian Mountain Club Pinkham Notch Visitors Center. She was then taken by Gorham Ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Regional Hospital in Berlin for further medical evaluation.
The rescue took hours and was completed at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Fish and Game officials remind hikers to pack appropriate clothing and equipment because hikes often take longer than anticipated and weather is unpredictable. Having appropriate gear aids in safety.
The 10 essentials for summer day hikes includes a map, warm clothing, flashlight or headlamp, First Aid kit/repair kit, whistle, compass, extra food and water, matches/fire starters, rain/wind jacket and pants, and pocket knife.