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Mass. hiker lost in Franconia without map or warm clothes phones her lifeline

May 24. 2018 7:51PM

FRANCONIA - An ill-prepared hiker was rescued from the Garfield Ridge Trail Wednesday night after she made a panicked call to a friend for help.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, Tabitha A. Morrill, 32, of Haverhill, Mass., was hiking alone when she became lost.

“She intended to hike up Falling Waters Trail and descend on the Greenleaf Trail and the Old Bridle Path,” said Fish and Game. “She somehow walked by the Greenleaf Trail to the AMC Greenleaf Hut and continued on past the Skookumchuck Trail onto the Garfield Ridge Trail.”

Lost and with evening approaching, Morrill called a friend to say she was panicking. The friend notified authorities and Fish and Game commenced a search about 7:30 p.m.

Morrill was located on the Garfield Ridge Trail by staff from the AMC Greenleaf Hut, they said.

“Because of increasing winds, lowering temperatures and predicted precipitation, it became necessary for rescue personnel to assist Morrill in hiking down the Skookumchuck Trail to Franconia Notch,” Fish and Game said.

Met by additional AMC and Fish and Game personnel on Skookumchuck Trail, the group reached Franconia Notch about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Fish and Game said Morrill lacked proper gear for an overnight stay in the mountains and a map, “which is one of the 10 essential items recommended in the Hikesafe program,” Fish and Game said.

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