Published DateCONWAY — A 57-year-old Massachusetts man died while hiking with his two daughters on Mount Washington on Monday.
Gary Muise, of Sharon, Mass., was 2.5 miles up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail hiking with his 15- and 18-year-old daughters, according to the N.H. Department of Fish and Game, when he suffered an unspecified medical emergency.
"One of the girls ran back down the trail to the visitors' center for assistance while the other daughter stayed with him," a written statement from the department said. "Other hikers stopped to help, and [Appalachian Mountain Club] staff soon arrived on the scene, but they were unable to resuscitate him."
Several passersby had medical training, according to Lt. Jim Goss of Fish and Game, and rescuers tried an automated defibrillator, but they were unable to save him.
A team carried Muise's body in a litter from where he collapsed near the intersection of the Huntington Ravine fire road over a cutoff to the John Sherburne Ski Trail. There they met an ATV, which carried Muise's body down to the road. The recovery was over by 2 p.m.
Volunteers from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Mountain Rescue Service alongside the U.S. Forest Service assisted Fish and Game with the recovery.
Less than 24 hours earlier, meanwhile, conservation officers spent an evening rescuing a 30-year-old Rhode Island woman injured on Mount Madison.
Tripti Patil, of Providence, R.I., had been hiking for most of the day Sunday when sudden knee pain forced her to stop, according to a Fish and Game statement. She was near the summit of Madison on the Daniel Webster Scout Trail, a spot without cell phone coverage, so she and her hiking companion decided to try to hike out on their own. "The two were subsequently found by other hikers," the statement said. "Two men stopped and assisted Ms. Patil in splinting her knee with a bed role, which helped ease the pain and gave added support."
One of the men then hiked down to a spot where he had a phone signal and he called for additional help.
The state got the call just after 8 p.m. "Knowing that Ms. Patil was still high up on the mountain, Fish and Game reached out to AMC staff to expedite contact with the patient," the statement said. Appalachian Mountain Club staff from the Madison Spring Hut hiked down to Patil, reaching her 10:30 p.m. They reinforced the splint on Patil's knee, which made it possible for her to walk with the aid of a stick.
The rescue from below, meanwhile, continued. "Conservation officers Matt Holmes and Geoff Younglove hiked in from Dolly Copp Campground, and were able to make contact with Ms. Patil several miles from the trailhead sometime after midnight. Ms. Patil was able to move steadily but slowly down the trail, only occasionally needing assistance to cross streams and climb over obstacles."
The group continued through the darkness, reaching the Dolly Copp Campground trailhead shortly after 4 a.m.
"This situation ended well, but is a good example of how a day hike can turn into an all- day and all-night ordeal," Holmes said. In total, Ms. Patil and her hiking companion hiked for more than 16 hours. Both were well prepared, Holmes said, with the proper gear and attitude to carry them through the situation.