LINCOLN, NEW HAMPSHIRE – "The search teams that found two men atop a mountain in Franconia Notch had spent nearly six hours breaking trail to the summit, making their way through darkness, deep snow and howling winds.
The two men had planned a day hike Sunday up to the summit of Mount Lafayette, a nine-mile loop up the Falling Waters Trail and down the Bridal Path. Although Sunday morning started out clear, snow and winds blew into the notch by late morning.
Goss said the two had good gear and that Frederickson had winter hiking experience. Osborne was described to officials as a novice winter hiker. But they did not have snowshoes or adequate gear for the extreme conditions, which included subzero temperatures and winds of more than 60 mph.
The two were found near each other, about 200 feet north of the intersection of Falling Waters and the Franconia Ridge trails. Frederickson, officials said, was lying near the trail, his back still on his back, unresponsive. Osborne was found a short distance away, near some scrub trees.
Osborne was lifted off the mountain at
8:50 p.m. and Frederickson was flown off at 9:35 p.m. Both were taken
to Littleton Hospital, where Frederickson was pronounced dead. Osborne
was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. His
condition was not available."
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