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    Default Massachusetts Hiker Dies on Mt Washington - 1/10/12

    Cross posting this link from VFTT. Very sad...

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/reg...ome&position=6
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    That's so sad.

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    Very sad indeed. :-(
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    Mark,
    As Kathy and Bob have said it is so sad to hear this kind of news. It's been awhile since we've heard of anyone loosing their life in the Whites.

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    Mike from the State Park mentioned that the last one was in 2010. Not long enough in between.

    The fellow we talked to at the summit on Monday was not really aware of the Lion Head Winter trail. And he thought there was shelter at the summit of Mt Washington. After hearing that there was shelter instead at Lakes of the Clouds it seems he went back down. He was planning on going down the Headwall - but that would have been after dark by that time. Lion Head or the shelter would have been better options - or the Auto Road.
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    I know that most here are hikers and I am total awe of the hikes that I read about and see pictures. But hiking at night and especially in winter, I think is playing with your life. I'd probably get lost in the day, never mind at night and with snow yet. How can you know if you are still on the trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    Mike from the State Park mentioned that the last one was in 2010. Not long enough in between.

    The fellow we talked to at the summit on Monday was not really aware of the Lion Head Winter trail. And he thought there was shelter at the summit of Mt Washington. After hearing that there was shelter instead at Lakes of the Clouds it seems he went back down. He was planning on going down the Headwall - but that would have been after dark by that time. Lion Head or the shelter would have been better options - or the Auto Road.
    Brad - there has been a lot of discussion about the whole situation with this over on VFTT. Questions about how the guy wound up at the headwall, what his preparation was, etc. Do you believe that the person that you talked to on the summit was the one who fell? Sounds like there were other unprepared hikers up there that day too.

    There have been other accounts of the incident published more recently including this one in the Concord Monitor on Friday: http://www.concordmonitor.com/articl...94&CSGroupId=1
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