Conservation Officer Lieutenant James Goss – (603) 271-3127
January 11, 2013

Six Tufts University Students Rescued in the Dry River Wilderness Area

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. -- On January 11, 2013, Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Specialized Search and Rescue Team responded to the area of the White Mountain National Forest Dry River Wilderness area in Cutts Grant to locate six lost students from the Tufts University Mountain Club.

At approximately 6:00 pm, Conservation Officers received notification from 911 and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office that the hikers were lost in the vicinity of Dry River approximately 3.2 miles from the trailhead located on Route 302 in Harts Location. The hikers had climbed Mt. Pierce earlier in the day and intended on returning to their car which was parked at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in the town of Carroll via the Mizpah Cutoff trail. Instead they mistakenly took the Dry River Cutoff trail and ended up in the Dry River Wilderness area which sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irene. The Dry River trail is closed due to the damage, which includes bridges and sections of trail that are completely washed away, as well as numerous downed trees. 

The lost hikers included: Glen Zinck, 19 years old, of Bothell, WA; Emily Melick, 19 years old, of Greenwich, CT; Sam Boatner, 20 years old, of Boise, ID; Sophia Goodfriend, 20 years old, of Seattle, WA; Kirk Jackson, 19 years old, of San Francisco, CA; and Andrew Miller, 19 years old, of Lancaster, PA.

Upon receiving the call, Conservation Officers were able to locate the hikers using GPS coordinates provided by 911. The team of four Conservation Officers hiked through the night, navigating around washed-out sections of trail and using snowshoes in the approximately four feet of snowpack. All six hikers wehikeSafe logore located unharmed in the vicinity of the Dry River at 2:30 AM and were walked out to the trailhead on Route 302. The rescue concluded at approximately 5:00 AM, and no injuries were reported.

Please remember to pack appropriate clothing and equipment while hiking. Hikes often take longer than anticipated and weather is unpredictable. Having appropriate gear aides in safety. Please visit for a list of recommended winter hiking equipment.

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