SARGENT’S PURCHASE —A Massachusetts man was rescued on Mount Washington on Tuesday after injuring his leg while hiking on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.
Steven Brandon, of Brighton, Mass., had been descending on the trail when he slipped on a rock and injured his leg. Brandon had been hiking alone and when another hiker came upon him, she volunteered to make a call for help and stay with him.
Fish and Game conservation officers received a call Tuesday evening at about 5:30 p.m. notifying them of the injured hiker
The call came in via 911 reporting that a 30-year-old male had suffered a lower leg injury and it was unknown if he would be able to hike out under his own power from his location at the junction of Tuckerman Ravine Trail and Alpine Garden Trail, about ¾ of a mile below the summit of Mount Washington.
After evaluating his options and securing the injured leg, Brandon decided to try to hike with the help of trekking poles. Not able to hike back up to the summit or down Tuckerman Ravine, Brandon was advised his best course of action was to hike across Alpine Garden towards the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
The good Samaritan hiker continued to stay with Brandon, providing assistance and carrying his pack.
At about 7 p.m., they were met by two conservation officers who had used the Auto Road to access Alpine Garden trail via the upper stretch of Huntington Ravine Trail.
They assessed Brandon on scene and deemed him capable of continuing to hike out with assistance. At about 7:30 p.m., Brandon and the rescue crew arrived at the vehicles.
Brandon was transported down the Auto Road and back to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, where he had started his hike. He declined an ambulance and opted to seek medical treatment on his own.