** This article was shared with us by one of our members, a tragic story in which a person has lost his life while winter hiking. If you plan to hike this winter please be careful, check the weather, never travel alone, and bring the proper gear.
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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