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About 2 dozen help rescue Amherst ice climber after fall on Cannon Cliff

Staff report
February 05. 2017 9:39PM
About two dozen people worked Saturday to rescue an Amherst climber who fell 50-60 feet on the Black Dike ice climbing route on Cannon Cliff. (COURTESY)

About two dozen people, including 14 good Samaritan climbers, helped rescue an Amherst climber who fell 50 to 60 feet on the Black Dike ice climbing route on Cannon Cliff on Saturday, authorities said Sunday.

The injured climber, Nick Pearson, 47, of Amherst, said as he was finishing the climbing route Saturday morning, he secured his ice axes into frozen hard snow and when he tried to pull himself up, the ice axes gave way, causing him to fall 50 to 60 feet before his protection stopped the fall.

Fish and Game received a 911 call from nearby climbers just before noon. Volunteers shortly after 1 p.m. started up the base of the cliff. At 2:30 p.m., the rescue crew arrived and after stabilizing the injury, loaded Pearson into a litter and started to extricate him. Shortly after 5 p.m., rescuers reached the bike path, where Pearson was taken the rest of the way to the trailhead by snow machine.

Pearson then was taken by ambulance to Littleton Regional Hospital for evaluation.

Meanwhile, during that rescue, a call came in about 3:20 p.m. about a hiker needing assistance on the Carriage Road on Mount Moosilauke in Benton.

A hiker, Nicholas Kuhl, 32, of Somerville, Mass., had injured himself as he was trying to ski down the Carriage Road after summiting the mountain and suffered a lower leg injury.

By chance, some hikers were climbing the Carriage Road to go sledding and came across the injured hiker. They were able to stabilize the injury and then use one of their sleds to transport the hiker to Breezy Point Road, where they arrived at 5:45 p.m. and were met by an ambulance.

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