Hiker, rock climber die after falls in White Mountains

Published: 9/27/2020 8:04:49 PM

A hiker was killed Saturday after falling from a waterfall in the White Mountains, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The man had been hiking with two friends but went ahead to follow a trail to the top of Arethusa Falls, the department said. When his friends reached the falls, they found his body. The area has no cellphone service, so the friends ran to a home near the trailhead to call 911.

Rescue crews responded and carried the man’s body out around 11 p.m. The trail to the falls is almost two miles, and the average height of the falls is 70 feet, the Fish and Game Department said.

It was the second fatal fall in the White Mountain National Forest in as many days. A rock climber died Friday at the Rumney Rocks climbing area, according to the Fish and Game Department.

The man was climbing with a partner around 4 p.m. and had started to come down from a route when his equipment malfunctioned, dropping him 55 feet to the ground.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Fish and Game Department did not immediately release either man’s names.

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