Two conservation officers climbed New Hampshire’s Mount Whiteface in rainy, cold conditions on Sunday to rescue two hikers who were caught in the darkness without lights.
According to New Hampshire Fish and Game officials, two hikers on the Blueberry Ledge Trail on Mount Whiteface called 911 at roughly 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. The two hikers — James Avery, 22, of Belmont, New Hampshire, and a 17-year-old hiker — had just summited Mt. Whiteface and were returning down the trail when they realized they would not make it back before dark. Fish and Game officials said the hikers had no lights and were unprepared to spend the night.
Due to the rain and lowering temperatures, two conservation officers went up the mountain to rescue the hikers. They found the two hikers on the trail at 8:15 p.m. and provided them with lights, food, water, and additional clothing. They then escorted them back to the parking area.