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Lincoln's Throat call out
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:51:22 PM »

Apparently there was a call-out for a S&R over in the Lincoln's Throat vicinity today. Someone went out to solo it and has not returned. Considering how cold it was last night and today with fairly high wind speeds up high, we can only hope for the best. That's a long way off the beaten path and a carry-out would be extremely difficult at best.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2013, 02:21:56 PM »

They were out overnight? Off the beat and path but not the kind of place you would get lost.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 04:38:38 PM »

According to Rick Wilcox of IME, the missing climber was found a little while ago. Apparently he did the ice climb yesterday, summited, and ended up being out overnight on the top of Little Haystack. When they found him he was OK and he was choppered out this afternoon. As Rick put it with much understatement, "it must have been a cold night outside above treeline last night!"
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 05:28:34 PM »

According to Rick Wilcox of IME, the missing climber was found a little while ago. Apparently he did the ice climb yesterday, summited, and ended up being out overnight on the top of Little Haystack. When they found him he was OK and he was choppered out this afternoon. As Rick put it with much understatement, "it must have been a cold night outside above treeline last night!"

Glad to hear he is OK. I am certain that he had a cold cold cold night...
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 05:38:03 PM »

YIKES, He must have been pretty wiped out to have to be choppered out. The observatory was talking about high winds today.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2013, 06:00:47 PM »

I was really surprised that a chopper could get in and out of that area today. it was quite windy in Crawford Notch today and from what I saw of Mt washington it was quite windy up there as well.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2013, 06:02:00 PM »

goes to show how good those NH National Guard guys & gal's are.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 07:16:30 PM »

Super glad to hear that one of out tribe is OK and not missing in a bad way....
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 09:36:33 PM »

NECN just reported it as a lost hiker climbing little haystack. Didn't catch the name but he is from Wilmington, Mass.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 10:28:15 PM »

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/110451-rescue-121213

Franconia Notch had perfect flying conditions, virtually no wind and excellent visibility today... but COLD... interesting how different it was in Crawford Al...

They did get almost 5 inches of snow last night though!
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 10:30:08 PM »

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/110451-rescue-121213

So let's see...hmmm! A 21 year old from Lyndon State College goes out to solo Lincoln's Throat on a very cold day (Wednesday), with a couple of the coldest days & night's we've had coming up.

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"He did make some mistakes," Fish and Game Sgt. Brian Suttmeier said, citing going alone and leaving the marked trail as likely errors.

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Discuss...
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013, 10:37:38 PM »

I would like to know exactly where he was found. 200' down from the summit can mean a lot of things there. 200' in one direction has you almost to treeline and the falling waters trail.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2013, 11:24:56 PM »

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/110451-rescue-121213

So let's see...hmmm! A 21 year old from Lyndon State College goes out to solo Lincoln's Throat on a very cold day (Wednesday), with a couple of the coldest days & night's we've had coming up.

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"He did make some mistakes," Fish and Game Sgt. Brian Suttmeier said, citing going alone and leaving the marked trail as likely errors.

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It's fairly difficult to solo an ice climb without going alone and leaving a marked trail.
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2013, 05:27:29 AM »

Probobly the only real mistake he made was not getting  home on his own power. I say that only because many of us do the same things  and get away with it yet when one of us needs a rescue folks seem pretty darn quick to become critical  and distance themselfs from the victim.  probobly some kind of  mental self preservation thing where we try to convince ourselfs that it will never happen to us.....
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Re: Lincoln's Throat call out
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2013, 08:25:05 AM »

"He did make some mistakes," Fish and Game Sgt. Brian Suttmeier said, citing going alone and leaving the marked trail as likely errors.

"Fielding was only able to survive the night because he had adequate gear for the conditions."

Not only was he properly equipped, but:

Someone knew where he went (to solo Lincoln's Throat) and someone called SAR when he did not return within a specified timeframe (SAR was called at 2AM, 5 hours past 9PM, which is about when I'd expect to return to Boston from Franconia Notch.)

He did a whole lot more stuff right than Aron Ralston, and that guy got a movie and a sweet ice-axe arm out of the deal. 

I am very curious about the decision to bivvy instead of keeping moving and hiking down the AT or another trail in the dark, but I am sure there was a reason. Is the resucee an NEClimbs user? Seems likely. If so, do speak up!
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