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September 4, 2009

Injured Hiker Rescued in Bethlehem, N.H., Overnight

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers rescued an injured hiker last night (September 3, 2009) on the Gale River Trail in Bethlehem, N.H. Elyse George, age 21, of Lebanon, N.H., a member of the Dartmouth Outing Club, was hiking with a companion when she injured her ankle.  Fish and Game received a call for assistance at about 8:30 p.m. Rescue crews responded, including Fish and Game Conservation Officers and volunteers from Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue. Rescuers carried the young woman off the mountain, about 2 miles, to the Gale River Trail parking lot on Route 3, concluding at 2 a.m.

As the upcoming holiday weekend draws people to the White Mountains and other wilderness areas, Fish and Game reminds outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared for the unexpected.  "This time of year, it will be cooler, even cold, at high altitudes, and daylight hours are growing shorter. Be sure to carry the ten essentials with you when hiking, including layers of clothing and a flashlight," said Col. Martin Garabedian, New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief. "Leave your hiking itinerary with someone at home. Always plan for the unexpected; you never know what might happen, from unexpected injuries such as this one, to rapid changes in weather."

Do you know what the ten essential items you should have in your pack when hiking?  Find the list, and other tips for safe hiking, at www.hikeSafe.com.

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