Lt. Todd Bogardus
NH Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division
July 5, 2009

Hiker Rescued on Mount Cardigan

CONCORD, N.H. -- During the early morning hours of Sunday, July 5, 2009, crews searched for and located a lost hiker who had called for assistance utilizing his cellular telephone on Mt. Cardigan in Orange, NH.  Lt. Todd Bogardus of NH Fish and Game stated that shortly after midnight, Robert Holmes (25 years old) of Canaan, NH, called 911 requesting assistance because he was lost on a trail somewhere on the mountain.  Searchers from the NH Fish and Game Department, Canaan Fire/Rescue, Canaan Ambulance and the DHART helicopter searched the mountain and located Holmes on the Skyland trail approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. He was cold, but otherwise unharmed.

Holmes had hiked to the summit of Mt. Cardigan the evening of July 4th and met others who had hiked to the summit to watch fireworks displays.  After consuming alcohol, Holmes was descending the mountain with a light when he became unsure of his whereabouts and called for assistance.  Holmes had been descending with another hiker, Cody Dugan, (17 years old) of Grafton when they became disoriented.  After a discussion, the two split up, with Dugan returning to the summit area to descend the mountain on trails he was familiar with.  After being located by searchers, Holmes was escorted down to the trailhead.  After Dugan spent the night, he walked out on his own upon daylight.
As with all rescue instances, this mission will be reviewed under the hiker negligence law for recuperation of search expenses.

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