A 54-year-old Arlington man got lost while hiking Monadnock State Park in New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon and was in the “early stages of hypothermia” when rescuers found him several hours later, authorities said.
In a statement, New Hampshire Fish and Game identified the hiker as Yogesh Shridhare.
His rescue came after two other Massachusetts men died in September climbing rocks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A third man died when he fell from Arethusa Falls Saturday evening, according to authorities.
Shridhare, the statement said, called 911 around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to report that he “was off trail, lost, and cold.”
A conservation officer tried to guide him back to the trail over the phone using GPS coordinates, but he couldn’t work the compass on his cellphone, the statement said.
Two Fish and Game officers spotted Shridhare at 7:55 p.m., according to the statement.
“Shridhare was not properly dressed for the conditions and was in the early stages of hypothermia," the statement said. “He was wearing shorts and a light-weight long-sleeved shirt and was soaking wet. Conservation Officers provided him with warm clothes, water, and a headlamp. Getting Shridhare out of the woods and back to the trail proved difficult due to rain, wind, and fog.”
Shridhare and the officers reached headquarters at 11 p.m., and he was given a ride back to his vehicle at the Birchtoft Trail Head, the statement said.
The authorities said Shridhare had started his hike around 1 p.m. and reached the summit of Mount Monadnock two hours later.
“After summiting, Shridhare lost the trail due to the low-visibility weather conditions,” the statement said. “This incident could have had a much different outcome had Shridhare not been able to make a call from his cellular phone. That particular area of Mount Monadnock is known for spotty cellular phone coverage.”