The same day that we reported on the latest Fish and Game funding study (see related editorial), we published yet another report on a hiker rescued in the White Mountains.
This time it was a 22-year-old from Cambridge, Mass., who made the wrong-headed decision to go by himself on a day hike near Garfield Pond in Lincoln.
The young man’s family called Fish and Game, which located the hiker, who had become exhausted, cold, wet, and out of food and water.
But his real mistake was lack of proper equipment, i.e., snowshoes. The deep snow was too much for him.
Imagine that. Deep snow in the White Mountains.
“The incident is a classic example of how hikers sometimes underestimate winter hiking conditions and the challenges they can create,’’ the Fish and Game news release read.
We don’t know if this young man had a “hike safe’’ card that is supposed to help defray the costs of such rescues and allows the involved party to escape being billed.
If the party, however, was particularly negligent, then he or she can still be billed.
Could this also be a “classic example’’ of negligence?
If New Hampshire Fish and Game is going to be expected to continue in this rescue role, perhaps one of the solutions to its funding is making the hike safe card mandatory for all.