Wednesday, January 11, 2012

News: MA Hiker Dies On Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington can be a cruel beast with it's fast weather changes and constant blowing wind.  

From WWLP:

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - A Massachusetts hiker has died after falling on Mount Washington. 

Officials say 46-year-old Patrick Scott Powers of Mansfield., Mass., fell about 800 feet while descending the mountain after dark on Monday.  

Powers started the day hike up the mountain Monday morning from Pinkham Notch. Officials say after reaching the summit he fell down snow and ice covered slopes into Tuckerman Ravine between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Rescuers worked through the night, getting to Pinkham Notch at 2 a.m. They say Powers died of his injuries.  

Officials say temperatures at the summit were around 9 degrees with low visibility, light snow and winds of 40 to 50 mph all day.

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