This just in from The Union Leader – A Maryland man who made a wrong turn on an afternoon hike Tuesday was found safe at 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to Fish and Game.
Edwin “Mike” Van Meter, 48, of Gaithersburg, had been hiking Mount Osceola with his family Tuesday, said Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus. Van Meter continued on with the hike after family members decided to return to the trailhead.
“During his ascent, he took a wrong turn and ended up off trail and lost,” Bogardus said.
During the night, Van Meter built a fire by a stream “and held up there during the evening, until located by search crews at 5 a.m.,” he said.
Van Meter did have a cell phone and called his family; a family member called for help Tuesday night, Bogardus said.
Van Meter used to live in Waterville Valley in the 1980s, Bogardus said, and was familiar with the mountain.
“On this trip he was prepared with only water, a lighter and cellular telephone,” Bogardus said. “While crews searched, Van Meter was eventually able to place a 911 call, which was then able to provide coordinates to aid the search teams in locating him.”
For information on how to prepare for hikes and other outside outings, visit www.HikeSafe.com.