Capt. John Wimsatt: (603) 271-3128, 3129
October 17, 2011
German Student Located During Overnight Search on Mt. Moosilauke
CONCORD, N.H. – N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers searched into the early hours this morning, October 17, 2011, to locate a Dartmouth College student hiking Mt. Moosilauke in Benton, N.H.. Vermont State Police received a 911 call from Alexander Klemd, age 25, after dark on Sunday night. Vermont authorities contacted Fish and Game after determining that the caller was likely lost in New Hampshire.
Based on GPS coordinates provided by Klemd, Conservation Officer Gregory Jellison determined that he had likely taken the wrong trail near the summit of Mt. Moosilauke and was in the Tunnel Brook drainage. Utilizing ATVs and then hiking on foot approximately 2.5 miles from the nearest road access, COs Jellison and Robert Mancini located Klemd unharmed.
Klemd did possess some appropriate gear and clothing, but had no headlight or fire starting equipment. He relied on his electronic cell phone, loaded with electronic map and compass.
Conservation Officers remind all hikers, regardless of experience or ability, to be prepared with the basic and necessary safety equipment when taking a hike of any distance or duration. Visit www.hikesafe.com for more information.
No further information is available at this time.