Rescuers come to aid of lost Mount Washington hiker

20100128 Mount Washington, NH Photo by Fred Field: Rime ice clings to the summit sign as Meteorologist Brian Clark of Intervale, NH braced against the wind near the Mount Washington Observatory. With David Filipov Fred Field for The Boston Globe Library Tag 01312010 National/Foreign Page One
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Mount Washington in New Hampshire is known for treacherous conditions in winter.

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — Rescuers came to the aid of a hiker on Mount Washington who went off a trail and got lost in waist-deep snow.

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says 45-year-old Amy Baker, of Easton, New Hampshire, activated an emergency locator beacon at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She had texted a friend beforehand saying she lost the trail due to high winds and drifting snow, and was moving slowly. She also left her snowshoes in her car.

Conservation officers hiked about 1.7 miles up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail along the mountain. They eventually found her at about 4,000 feet shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday. Mount Washington’s summit is 6,288 feet. The group returned two hours later.


The officers said Baker had most essential equipment needed for a winter hike and had a Hike Safe card, which and exempts hikers from rescue costs.