Letter: Winter hiking’s needs

Published: 11/25/2022 7:00:36 AM

Sadly, too many hours have passed since young Emily Sotelo was dropped off to hike Mt. Lafayette, Haystack, to descend at the Flume. Tuesday, as I write, has 18 search groups out. Her parents have called her an experienced hiker, also telling, but “she has not done winter hiking.”

While holiday gifts are being bought, those with hiking friends or family should thoughtfully buy Ty Gagne’s two winter-hiking tragedy accounts: Where You’ll Find Me and The Last Traverse. In each true account, hikers lived and died in winter, not taking weather in our Presidentials (Mt. Lafayette in each book) into account. When each came out, I bought 23 copies for friends, family, libraries. I hope others will consider these profoundly smart books relaying the often small-seeming details winter hikers need to know, must-have survival supplies, equipment, attitudes. My sympathy to Emily’s family and friends.

Lynn Rudmin Chong



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