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Brad
05-18-2009, 11:20 AM
This just came through.
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FOUR MASSACHUSETTS HIKERS RESCUED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE'S WHITE MOUNTAINS

CONCORD, N.H. -- Four young hikers lost in darkness without map or lights on the Attitash Mountain Trail in Bartlett, N.H., were rescued late last night (Sunday, May 18) by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers. They are Julie Davenport, age 21, from North Brookfield, Mass.; Kyla Batchelder, age 21, of Stoughton, Mass.; Joslyn Phelps, age 21, Pittsfield, Mass.; and Tim Bergman, age 20, North Brookfield, Mass. The rescued hikers are all in good condition.

The four were staying in the Barlett area and decided to go for a hike on Sunday. They set out on the Attitash Mountain Trail, in the White Mountain National Forest in the town of Bartlett, at about 5:00 p.m. They did not have a trail map, backpacks or any lights with them. They mistakenly thought that the trail was a loop trail that would return them to the trailhead. In fact, the trail they were following was a more than eight-mile hike over two mountaintops.

As darkness fell, the hikers lost the trail. They stopped by a stream, Lucy Brook, and were able to use a cell phone to call for help at about 9:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Two N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers hiked in and found them at around 11:30 p.m., using whistles and lights to signal their presence to the hikers. The group was 2.8 miles from trailhead when they were located. The search team then helped the hikers walk out, reaching the trailhead with them at 1:00 a.m. today.

No further information is available at this time.

M_Six
05-18-2009, 12:07 PM
Not the brightest group. "Hey guys, it's nearly sundown. Let's go for a walk in the woods!" No lights, no maps, unfamiliar trail. F&GC folks must love people like this.

Brad
05-18-2009, 01:19 PM
Not the brightest group. "Hey guys, it's nearly sundown. Let's go for a walk in the woods!" No lights, no maps, unfamiliar trail. F&GC folks must love people like this.
That is partly why I posted this here. Hopefully folks will see this and think about when they leave (not at the end of the day) and some things to bring with them.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
05-18-2009, 02:02 PM
It seems that this Spring we are reading about more hikers in need of S & R than in other recent years. People really need to do a better job of planning for any hike in the White Mountains.