A Massachusetts hiker died over Christmas weekend while hiking to Bond Cliff in New Hampshire’s Pemigewasset Wilderness, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game officials.
The body of John Holden, 26, of Jefferson, Massachusetts, was discovered near the top of Bond Cliff on Christmas night, but wasn’t able to be brought down until Monday morning.
According to Fish and Game officials, Holden set out on a solo hike on Christmas Eve and was due back in Massachusetts around 11 p.m. On Sunday morning, authorities received a report that he hadn’t returned home.
Officials said Holden was an experienced hiker and had adequate winter hiking gear with him. They said there were signs that Holden may have suffered from hypothermia.
Standing at an elevation of 4,265 feet, Bond Cliff is a remote peak located nearly 9 miles from the Kancamagus Highway.