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Fish & Game rescues hikers not prepared for terrain, weather


THEIR ABILITIES AND IF THEY
WOULD JUST TURN AROUND WHEN THEY
ARE STARTING TO HAVE TROUBLE,
THEN THESE RESCUES WOULD BE
COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE. IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN
PEOPLE ARE ITCHING TO GET OUT
AND HIKE NEW HAMPSHIRE’S MANY
TRAILS.>>YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A CHANGE
OF CLOTHES, YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE
LIGHTS, THE GEAR NECESSARY TO DO
IT BECAUSE IT IS DRAINING OUR
RESOURCES. HEATHER: SERGEANT ADAM CHENEY IS
TALKING ABOUT MOUNTAIN RESCUES,
TWO JUST FRIDAY NIGHT.>>ONE OF THE COUPLES HIKED UP
TUCKERMANS RAVINE, WHEN THEY GOT
UP TOWARD THE TOP THE
TEMPERATURE DROPPED 15 TO 20
DEGREES FROM WHAT WAS AT THE
BASE, THE WIND GUSTS WERE UP TO 60-70 MILES AN HOUR. HEATHER: NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHING
GAMES SAYS ANOTHER COUPLE HAD
TAKEN A DETOUR UP HUNTINGTON
RAVINE TRAIL, REFERRED TO AS THE
MOST DIFFICULT TRAIL IN THE
WHITE MOUNTAINS. THEY SAY THE WOMEN, BOTH 35, HAD
NO CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND JUST
WATER IN THEIR FAX. THEY SAY RESCUES LIKE THIS ARE
DRAINING THEIR RESOURCES.>>LAST NIGHT WE HAD THE SAME
TWO GUY WENT UP AND HIKED MOUNT
WASHINGTON, AND AS SOON AS THEY
HAD GOT DOWN, THEY HAD TO HIKE
BACK OF IT AGAIN.>>YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOUR
CELL PHONE IS FULLY CHARGED,
THAT YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE
GOING. WE ALWAYS BRING A MAP, HERE WE
CAN KIND OF WING IT. HEATHER: WE CAUGHT UP WITH
HIKERS AT NORTHWOOD MEADOWS
SATURDAY. SEVERAL HAVE ALSO VENTURED INTO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, AND SAY YOU
NEED TO KNOW YOUR ABILITY AND
KNOW WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.>>DEFINITELY TURN AROUND AND
START HEADING BACK OUT, DON’T
KEEP PUSHING ON AND HOPING THAT
IT IMPROVES.>>IF YOU HAVE USED EVERYTHING
YOU PUT IN YOUR PACK, YOU DIDN’T
BRING ENOUGH STUFF. HEATHER: MIKE HARRINGTON HIKES
YEAR AROUND, SAYS IF YOU ARE
UNSURE, AS QUESTIONS, AND GO ON
GUIDED HIKES, BECAUSE ONCE YOU
RUN INTO TROUBLE, IT COULD BE A
LONG WAIT FOR HELP.>>RESCUE COULD BE 5, 6 HOURS
AWAY. SOMEONE HAS TO GET TO A PLACE
WHERE THERE’S CELL COVERAGE,
CALL PEOPLE, ROUND THEM UP AND
HIKE IN THE SAME PLACE YOU DID,
SO YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE
CARE OF YOURSELF. HEATHER: NOW THERE IS A
NEGLIGENCE LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT
WOULD ALLOW FISH AND GAME TO
CHARGE PEOPLE THEY HAVE TO
RESCUE WHEN THEY FEEL IT WAS
AVOIDABL

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