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04-27-2009, 03:46 PM

KD Talbot
04-27-2009, 09:59 PM
Hopefully they find this kid OK. Seems he was young and strong enough but may have bailed in not the best place. Hope everything works out.


04-28-2009, 07:03 AM
I wonder what his planned route was.

04-28-2009, 08:12 AM
Heard this reported on the Boston radio again this morning so it looks like he still hasn't been found. This kid definitely needs all our prayers for being found and brought back home.

04-28-2009, 10:53 AM
Alert just came through the hiker has been found and is ok.


04-28-2009, 12:21 PM
News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
April 28, 2009
Phone: (603) 271-3211
Email: info@wildlife.nh.gov
11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301
For information and online licenses, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us

Maj. Tim Acerno: 603-271-3127
Liza Poinier: 603-271-3211
April 28, 2009


CONCORD, N.H. - At approximately 10:35 this morning, April 28, 2009, a search team on foot found 17-year-old hiker Scott Mason of Halifax, Mass., who had been lost in New Hampshire's White Mountains since Saturday. Mason is reportedly in good condition. His family is in the area awaiting his return to the base of Mt. Washington.

Mason was found on the Sphinx Trail in the Great Gulf Wilderness, headed west back toward the summits of the Presidential Range. The search team will hike with Mason back to the summit of Mt. Washington, where he will then ride a Sno-Cat down the auto road. Because of where Mason was located and conditions on the ground, this is the only prudent exit from the mountain.

Conditions in the White Mountains became increasingly treacherous over the course of the search, because rain and rapid snowmelt made many small streams impassable. Search teams needed to use rope traverses to cross raging waters. Yesterday's search crews were exhausted, and additional personnel were sent out this morning.

The NH Fish and Game Department coordinated the search. Trained staff and volunteers from Mountain Rescue Service, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue and the Appalachian Mountain Club participated in the search. A Maine Forest Service helicopter conducted an aerial search on Monday afternoon, and a Vermont National Guard helicopter did an aerial search this morning.

Mason was missing for three days, having left the Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at about 8:30 on Saturday morning, intending to complete a 17-mile hike in one day. Mason was hiking alone. His plans included hiking to the summits of Mount Washington and Mount Madison, then returning to the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.

No further information is available at this time.

For information on being safe while hiking, visit www.hikesafe.com.

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Concord, NH 03301. Comments or questions concerning this list should
be directed to jane.m.vachon@wildlife.nh.gov.

04-28-2009, 12:37 PM
Here is a map showing what his route probably was planned to be - with a guess where he was found on the Sphinx Trail.


04-28-2009, 01:51 PM
Here is a map showing what his route probably was planned to be - with a guess where he was found on the Sphinx Trail.

He came down off the ridge on the Six Husbands trail till he hit a river he could not cross. And he could not go back up that way for some reason. It seems (just a guess) he then cut across through the woods to the Sphinx to go up there. Rescuers say even with snowshoes they were in waist deep snow. They had to rig rope traverses across streams to get in there.

Wow, tough going.

04-28-2009, 03:38 PM
Glad he's ok. Experience pays off again.

There should be considerably less snow after today. I hear it's toasty there.

04-28-2009, 05:02 PM
Probably not the best initial planning done by this kid, but ( my opinion only) he did pull his own share of keeping himself out of deepest doo-doo, keeping himself alive to fight another day, and getting himself back up to the ridgeline for visibility and better travel by daylight. He made SOME good decisions!

If he did indeed descend Six Husbands, he must have bailed off before the ladders and kept his bushwack ( and his overnights) in the lee of the ridge. Good decision for him to head back UP, Great Gulf right now is naassstttyy.

I can only wish this kid the best, he's learned/lived some tough stuff and I CAN imagine him being Hut Croo this summer. He's got a lot to learn, and a lot to share already.


04-29-2009, 10:32 PM
Here's the news story from today on the rescue