Lt. Brad Morse
Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
May 10, 2019
Chatham, NH – On Thursday, May 9, 2019 at approximately 6:30 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was lost near North Baldface Mountain in Chatham, White Mountain National Forest. The hiker was identified as Zachary Sanborn, 26, from Windham, Maine. Sanborn was hiking the Baldface Circle Trail when he became lost and called 911 for assistance.
Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded and located him at 11:35 p.m. approximately 3.5 miles from the trailhead. Sanborn was wet and tired but otherwise unharmed. Sanborn stated that he departed the trailhead at approximately 10:00 a.m. he was attempting to hike the Baldface Circle. Somewhere between South Baldface and North Baldface he became disoriented and lost the trail. He followed some tracks in the snow, which was about knee deep, and eventually lost those tracks. Sanborn had no map, compass, light, extra clothing, or rain gear; due to the darkness, rough conditions, and rain he decided to call 911 for rescue. He was located by Conservation Officers and escorted back to his vehicle arriving at 1:50 a.m. Friday May 10.
This incident is a good reminder to all people recreating in the outdoors to plan appropriately when hiking. When hiking in the mountains, always carry appropriate equipment for unexpected situations and be prepared to spend the night if necessary. Having appropriate gear aides in safety. Please visit www.hikesafe.com for a list of recommended hiking equipment.