Ice climber rescued after fall in White Mountains

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
An ice climber from Massachusetts was rescued Sunday from a mountain near Crawford Notch State Park on Sunday after falling about 20 feet to a ledge below.

Peter Lindahl, 36, of Medford, Mass., had reached Upper Hitchcock Gully on Mount Willard about 1 p.m. when he fell. Several other climbers assisted him until rescuers arrived and lowered him 600 feet down the gully in a rescue litter, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Upper Hitchcock Gully is a narrow band of ice between two rock outcroppings, which is popular with climbers because of its relative short distance to parking.

Lindahl was transported by members of the Mountain Rescue Service and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue one mile to the Willard parking lot on Route 302, in Crawford Notch State Park.

At 6:45 p.m., he was taken by Bartlett Jackson Ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment. Officers from the Fish and Game Department assisted with the rescue.

Mount Willard’s elevation is 2,865 feet and is located near the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center.

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