Oct 27, 2016 7:46 AM
23-year-old from NY saved near summit of Mount Lafayette
FRANCONIA — Conservation Officers resucued a 23-year-old hiker just below the summit of Mount Lafayette at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Tyler Pase, of Mattituck, NY, encountered severe winter-like conditions, lost the trail, and ended up extremely cold.
Officers attempted to talk Pase back onto the Greenlead Trail, which proved unsuccessful. Pase provided his accurate coordinates of his location with a GPS he has with him.
Officials were able to locate Pase and gave him dry clothing to help him warm up. He was able to hike out with assistance.
Pase had planned to hike the Falling Waters/ Bridle Path Loop a nine mile loop and traverses along Franconia Ridge leaving hikers exposed to the elements for considerable time, according to officials.
Pase admitted to conservation officers that a map would have helped him with this situation, and possibly would have allowed for self-rescue.
Hikers are reminded that winter conditions exist at higher elevations throughout the White Mountains and they need to prepare accordingly for these conditions.