Just over a month ago I posted about a couple of lost hikers who needed assistance getting off Dickey Mountain Trail. Well, it’s happened again. A couple of days ago New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers reported that a hiker tried to avoid an icy trail in steep mountain terrain and got lost in the woods in plunging temperatures.
Officers say 26-year-old Jennifer Mehling, of Westampton, New Jersey, didn’t have additional clothing or an adequate light source as temperatures dipped into the 20s on Welch Mountain in Thornton, a popular hiking spot near Waterville Valley.
The hiker had decided to clear a path through the woods in an effort to avoid the ice, but didn’t have a map.
After she called 911, a Fish and Game officer found her at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, over four hours after she had left the trail head about 1 ½ miles away. She was assisted back to the trail head, arriving at 8 p.m.
I’ll say it again. PLEASE be prepared when you hit the hiking trails – even if you think it’s a quick and easy hike. NH Fish and Game reminds outdoor enthusiasts to prepare for activities accordingly. Bring food, water, lights, extra clothing, a map and compass, and wear appropriate footwear for the activity. Familiarize yourself with hiking routes and plan to take longer than you think to complete your trek. Even with lights, hiking at night can be dangerous.