Jan 9, 2016 10:47 AM

Rindge hiker injured, rescued off Mount Monadnock in wintry conditions


RINDGE - Icy conditions on Mount Monadnock made difficult the rescue of a local man who was injured while hiking the mountain on Friday.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said 69-year-old Cheves Walling fell just below the summit around 1 p.m. and was discovered by two other hikers passing by about 90 minutes later. Unable to call for help because of poor cell phone reception, they hiked down and got help.

Rescuers reached Walling around 5:30 p.m. but it took about five hours, with assistance from several volunteers on the trail, to safely carry him down because of icy trails and difficult terrain, including the need to belay the rescue litter down the steepest sections.

Rescuers made it to park headquarters around 10:30 p.m. and Walling was taken to a nearby hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. Fish and Game officers say Walling was a experienced hiker and well prepared for the trail conditions, but they warn other hikers to be prepared for the unexpected, especially given winter trail conditions.

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