Hiker falls 300ft to his death from New Hampshire cliff while taking photos as wife watched in horror
HART'S LOCATION, NEW HAMPSHIRE: A New Hampshire hiker plunged to his death off the summit of a mountain while he was snapping photos with his wife on Saturday, December 10. The hiker fell hundreds of feet off a cliff and his body was retrieved hours later by the Mountain Rescue Service technicians who had to tackle icy conditions and move the body to the trailhead parking lot.
New Hampshire Fish and Game explained that the incident happened around 10.30 am on the summit of Mt Willard in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, as reported by WCVB. The officials have not yet released any official information but said that the hiker’s wife heard her husband yell. She looked over to notice him falling over the edge of the mountain down a steep cliff that extended to the bottom approximately 800 feet. The technicians located the fallen and deceased hiker about 300 feet below the summit at around 2.30 pm. The rescuers then carried the body down to the trailhead parking lot where they reached around 6.45 pm. The identity of both, the hiker and his wife, were kept hidden. The Mount Willard Trail is 3.1 miles (5.0 km) long out and back with an elevation gain of 908 feet (277 m). It has an elevation of 2,865 feet.
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In a similar case, a passionate hiker fell more than 1,000 feet to her death after slipping off the edge of a cliff of Punta del Comedon in the Dolomite mountains on November 20. Mariacristina Masocco, 26, too was discovered she was missing after hearing her screams. The way the New Hampshire hiker's body was not easily accessible, the rescuers could not reach Mariacristina's body until the next day due to difficult weather conditions. In a different case, 46-year-old Lachlan Macdonald, from Glasgow, was walking through Forcan Ridge on The Saddle at around noon when he lost his footing and fell backward off a rock face near the Isle of Sky.
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