Skier, trapped in icy ravine on Mount Washington, gets rescued

Monitor staff
Published: 3/14/2019 2:22:26 PM

A backcountry skier who got trapped on an icy slope on Mount Washington had to be rescued by a team that rode a snowmobile alongside the Cog Railway.

Fish and Game Conservation Officers say Sean Bagdon, 20, of Colchester, Vt., called 911 about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.  He had been skiing down Burt Ravine, on the west side of Mount Washington, “when he encountered icy conditions that caused him to become stranded.

“Fearing a fall further into the ravine, he asked his skiing companion to call 911 for help. Bagdon had no crampons, ice ax, or rope, which are necessary pieces of equipment when encountering icy conditions in the White Mountains,” the press release said. .

Rescuers rode a snowmobile up along the Cog Railway as far as Jacob’s ladder. From there they hiked up a quarter mile before encountering Bagdon’s skiing companion, who had waited alongside the tracks to direct them to the stranded skier.

One rescuer waited at the tracks while the other was able to hike down to Bragdon. The rescuer was able to secure Bagdon with a safety harness and rope and guide him up and out of the ravine arriving back to the tracks at approximately 10:20 p.m. The rescuers and skiers arrived safely at the Cog parking lot at 11 p.m.

“It is essential to be prepared by bringing the correct gear and equipment particularly this time of year when the conditions in the White Mountains can range from deep powder to frozen snow and ice. For additional hiking safety information visit,” Fish and Game noted.

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