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.”