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    Default More hikers missing 2/11 on Franconia...

    Not many details now, but it was an awefully cold night last night. I wish the search parties much luck and speed with this unfolding situation!

    http://www.wmur.com/news/15272087/detail.html
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    I hope that they are found safe...

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    is the video working i hit play and the commercial works
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    You have to watch the commercial before you can watch the video, just let it play out.
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    Its fairly common for cold and disoriented climbers to put the wind at their back and attempt to hike for safety. I'm sure these people would know that on Franconia Ridge that brings you into one of the biggest roadless areas in the state. Then again, when you are cold you tend to make bad decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O
    You have to watch the commercial before you can watch the video, just let it play out.

    i do and i can see the commercial and then it goes black and it is playing but no sound or picture
    i will try a different computer
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    Many hikers have accidently passed the Greenleaf Trail that leads down off the summit of Lafayette while heading north on the Franconia Ridge Trail. This was the planned hike these two had. A woman died of hypothermia on North Lafayette a few years back. If you miss the trails the best thing to do is get down in the woods. A guy survived this last year when he became disoriented and started down the east side of the ridge into the Pemi Wilderness. The terrain is extreme on the west side towards the highway unless you're on a trail, but the east side is often used in winter.



    The Lincoln Slide bushwhack to Owl's Head is an often used route in winter. From there they could follow the Lincoln Brook Trail and if they knew the terrain, take the Black Pond Bushwhack down to the Wilderness Trail. Definitely the long way out, but out of the wind and down in the trees and deep snow where they could dig a snow cave, and have wood to start a fire. Real deep snow, though, fifty plus inches.

    I hope they pull through. Real tough conditions.

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    I wonder if they had snowshoes. With all the fresh snow around that would make a huge difference.
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    The cold front that moved in on Sunday afternoon was another well-advertised system.

    Let's hope they are found tonight as another cold night is forecast with a winter storm hitting the area Tuesday night.
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    Default Snowshoes

    Man, I hope so, but I'll tell you, a lot of folks go without them, bare booting on the snowshoe packed trails. If they don't and they try something like I said in the previous thread, they're screwed.

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