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Lost Hikers

October 13, 2017

You probably saw the news account.  On Saturday, Oct. 7, two hikers on Dickey Mountain Trail lost sight of the trail after the sun set.  They used a cell phone to call for help.  New Hampshire Fish & Game responded with assistance from the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety, Thornton police, and Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue.

Local departments assisted NH Fish & Game as they respond to two lost hikers on Dickey Mountain. Image from Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue

I hesitate to play the blame game here because many years ago I became lost while hiking.  It’s a frightening experience, especially back in the days before cell phones.  However, cell phones are only helpful when there’s reception.  And that can be spotty when you’re hiking in the White Mountains.

That said, please, please, please be prepared when you hit the hiking trails – even if you think it’s a quick and easy hike. 

NH Fish & 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. As the fall season progresses daylight hours become shorter. Even with lights, hiking at night can be dangerous.

>> Read the NH1 news account of the lost Dickey Mountain hikers


About Jan Stearns

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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