Newport man calls for help while on White Mountains hike

Published: 11-13-2023 4:46 PM

NEWPORT — A Newport man called for assistance after his feet froze while hiking in the White Mountains over the weekend, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The hiker, Nathan Stark, 22, of Newport, had called 911 at around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday to say his feet were frozen and he was not able to continue, according to the release.

The dispatcher alerted New Hampshire Fish and Game that Stark was on the last day of a multi-day hike with a friend. They had become separated on the Desolation Trail, near the summit of Mt. Carrigain in Livermore, N.H., when Stark called 911.

Due to poor cell service, his 911 call dropped and attempts to contact him failed.

After making the call, Stark’s hiking partner rejoined him and was able to get him moving. Rather than taking the shortest route back to the trailhead over Mt. Carrigain, they hiked eight miles in the opposite direction, which kept them in front of rescuers.

The two hikers arrived at the trailhead shortly after 5:30 p.m.

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Fish and Game warns hikers that snow and ice are expected to persist in the White Mountains for the rest of the season and that conditions at trailheads are not predictors of those at higher elevations. Hikers are encouraged to purchase Hike Safe cards at wildnh.com/safe, proceeds from which support Fish and Game search and rescue efforts. Safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear is online at hikesafe.com.