Stricken Hiker

Rescuers prepare to head up Mount Garfield Wednesday to help carry out a hiker who suffered a medical emergency.

FRANCONIA — A group of 20 volunteers from Camp Pasquaney in Hebron is being credited with helping to carry a Lee hiker down from the summit of Mount Garfield.

State Fish and Game officers were alerted about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday that hiker Kayla Marshalsea, 28, had suffered a medical emergency near the summit during a three-day hike and was unable to walk or move, according to a news release.

Conservation officers responded to the mountain along with numerous volunteers from PEMI Valley Search and Rescue to assist in the carryout. While hiking up to Marshalsea, rescuers encountered a large group from Camp Pasquaney, who volunteered to assist in the carryout, the news release said.

Marshalsea was carried down to the trailhead on Gale River Loop, arriving at 6:10 p.m., then was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital for treatment.

Officials said Marshalsea and a hiking companion were well prepared for numerous nights in the mountains and had all the proper gear to be out hiking.