Footprints in the Storm 2

9:15 a.m.: Bales takes another selfie on Jewell Trail. The snow is deeper, the sky has become overcast and Bales has donned gloves and a fleece top.

In the letters section at are some remarkable responses to a remarkable story that the Sunday News published one week ago.

The letter writers, some local and others from far away, were moved to write their thanks for the inspiring story about a White Mountains hiker who saved a life even though she might have been in danger herself.

Author Ty Gagne, whose day job is running a business that serves cities and towns, wrote of Pam Bales. Even though the events happened several years ago, Ms. Bales’ heroics are still being felt today, as the story proves.

Bales is a member of the volunteer Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue team. She didn’t start out on such a mission that day but she ended up succeeding in one thanks to her wits, skills, and humanity.

Her story, as told by Gagne, is indeed extraordinary. More than 200,000 people have read it in print, on our website, or on our Facebook page.

You might want to read it, too.