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August 15, 2009

Hiker Rescued on Mt. Chocorua

ALBANY, N.H. -- Wayne Shirley, age 73, of Durham, N.H., became disoriented after dark on the Carter Ledge Trail on Mt. Chocorua in Albany, N.H., on Friday, August 14, 2009, after hiking alone from White Ledge Campground to the summit of Mt. Chocorua via the Middle Sister Trail.  While descending on the Carter Ledge Trail, he lost the trail for approximately 1 hour.  After regaining the trail, he was overcome by darkness.  He continued hiking to a point approximately one-quarter mile from the trailhead.  At this point, the trail became difficult for him to follow, so he stopped and prepared to wait for daylight to continue.

Shirley had left a complete itinerary of his hike with his wife; when she realized he was overdue, she called for assistance.  N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to the scene and were able locate Shirley and assist him back to his vehicle by 1:10 a.m. on August 15, 2009.  Shirley was well prepared with a map, compass, food water and a flashlight. 

"Leaving a detailed itinerary and sticking to it is a key factor in quick and successful recoveries," said Conservation Officer Alex Lopashanski of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.

No further information is available at this time. 
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