Next Appalachia: Those Who Backtracked, Missed Turns, and Relied on Cell Phone Flashlights

Coming in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Appalachia Journal:

Mount Chocorua in winter.
Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman.
Rest of 2015 saw no more tragedies: As Accidents Editor Sandy Stott writes in the new issue of Appalachia, extreme cold and snow continued for some weeks after the tragic death of Kate Matrosova (covered in our feature “Too Cold”). Much of the rest of the accidents in New Hampshire’s White Mountains were almost routine. It didn’t feel that way for the lost and struggling, but they came out of their troubles bravely.

Hypothermia on Mount Chocorua: Early in the season, on November 28, 2015, a couple in their 20s called 911 from Camp Penacook on the flank of this mountain in the southern Whites. They’d planned an overnight but were worried about dropping temperatures. New Hampshire Fish and Game personnel talked them out, urging them to pack up and walk out. Officers Alex Lopashanski and Christopher Brison met them at the trailhead in Albany. Fortunately, the decision to keep moving and get out of the woods was the right one for them.

Six Stories of the Ill-Prepared: Stott gathered a set of similar mishaps, similar because all of the hikers were inexperienced and the NHFG recommended that they be billed for the costs of their rescues, which is allowed under state law:
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