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Jul 12, 2015 1:15 PM

Hiker gets lost on Mount Monadnock, falls between boulders, rescued after 10 hours


JAFFREY - A hiker who got separated from his friend and fell between several large boulders was found 10 hours later and rescued early Sunday morning on Mount Monadnock.

Conservation officers say Travis Pinn, 55, of Athol, Mass, had been hiking with his friend Paul Vining, also of Athol, when the two got separated on the White Dot Trail about a half hour into the hike. Vining continued up the planned route to the summit and then turned around to look for his friend. Around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, he notified park officials that Pinn was missing.

Multiple teams launched a search for Pinn and were unable to find him anywhere near the trail. At 12:40 a.m., Pinn was located off the trail in the Mead Brook drainage area. He was unable to move after falling between several boulders and injuring himself.

Pinn was transported down the mountain in a litter with help from conservation officers, park personnel, Jaffrey Fire and Rescue, the Troy fire department and volunteers from Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro, Vt.

Pinn said he lost the trail near the tree line on his way up to the summit and after wandering around for several hours, tried to descend down Mead Brook when he fell.

Pinn was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.


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