Three rescues from N.H. peaks reported within three days

  • Rescuers carry a man off Mount Monadnock on Friday, June 22, 2018. Courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

Monitor staff
Published: 6/25/2018 12:08:08 PM

Three hikers were rescued from New Hampshire mountains over the course of three days after suffering injuries and medical conditions, authorities said.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, officials became aware of an injured hiker on the Sandwich Mountain Trail in Waterville Valley, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Carmen Maianu, 35, of Needham, Mass., was hiking with a party of friends when she severely injured her ankle, shortly after reaching the summit of Sandwich Mountain. The hikers attempted to make it out on their own but because of their slow progress called 911 to request help. Officers from the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety and a Conservation Officer with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department responded to the trailhead to provide assistance.

The hikers were prepared with adequate clothing and equipment for the dropping temperatures and steady rain. The group reached the trailhead safely at 7:30 pm., officials said.

On Friday evening, Fish and Game conservation officers received a call from Monadnock State Park personnel requesting assistance with a hiker who was having a medical issue on the Spellman Trail.

Kevin Cross Jr., 20, of Round Rock, Texas, had hiked to the summit with a friend and was descending the mountain when he began to suffer from severe cramping and was no longer able to continue.

Cross and his hiking companion requested help at 1:55 p.m. from park staff, according to reports. A Mountain Patrol Ranger who is an EMT attempted to hydrate Cross in hopes that he could continue on his own, but Cross eventually had to be carried off of the mountain.

The Spellman Trail has very steep rocky sections that required the use of belaying equipment to safely lower Cross. Rescuers reached the park headquarters at 9:25 p.m. Cross was transported from the park headquarters to the Monadnock Community Hospital by the Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance.

On Monday afternoon at about 2 p.m., Fish and Game Conservation Officers were alerted to a report of an injured hiker on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, near the Lion Head Trail junction.

Stephanie Beauchamp, 28, of Montreal suffered a head injury from a fall on a boulder approximately a quarter-mile mile from the summit of Mount Washington, Fish and Game officials said.

Beauchamp’s hiking companion was able to call 911 and cover Beauchamp with a space blanket to keep her warm in the low-40-degree temperatures, officials said. Upon the arrival of state park employees, Beauchamp had recovered enough to walk up to the summit building.

From there she was transported down the auto road back to her vehicle. The injury was not considered life-threatening, but she and her companion were urged to seek a medical evaluation.

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