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Lost Hikers Rescued at Smarts Brook

February 1, 2018

On Monday, Jan. 29, there was a lot of fire/rescue/police activity at Smarts Brook trailhead in Thornton. According to a report on NH1 and the Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue Facebook page, two unprepared hikers were rescued after they wandered four miles off trail.

“Rosa Medeiros, 59, and Jorge Medeiros, 64, of Rumney, planned to hike a 1.8-mile loop along the Smarts Brook Trail and headed out at 1:30 p.m. On hour four of their hike, the Medeiros realized they had gone off the path.

“When nighttime approached, the hikers called for help.

“Fish and Game officers, Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue, Thornton police, and Waterville police found the pair using GPS coordinates generated from their call. At 7:30 p.m., the rescue team reached the hikers and then took ATVs and snowmobiles to transport the couple back to their car. 

“The rescue team found the duo over 4 miles from their starting point. Neither had extra clothing, food, water, a compass, map, flashlights, or gear with them. 

“Officials said that the couple did not have all of the Ten Essentials outlined in Hike Safe.

“Neither hiker were injured.”

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I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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