Conservation Officer Nick Masucci
May 20, 2019
Fitzwilliam, NH – At approximately 7:33 PM, on May 19, 2019, NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers were contacted by Cheshire County Dispatch regarding a lost hiker in Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam. The hiker was identified as 39-year-old Heather Foster of North Smithfield, Rhode Island. It was determined that Foster was hiking on the Little Monadnock Trail, on Little Monadnock Mountain. At approximately 5:45 PM Foster realized she had walked off the Little Monadnock Trail and was unable to locate any trail markers. For over one hour, Foster tried to relocate the trail before she decided to call for assistance. Conservation Officers were able to identify the hiker’s location using 911 coordinates and advised the hiker to remain in her current location. Upon arrival to the scene at 9:22 PM, a Conservation Officer provided the hiker with a flashlight and walked her back to Rockwood Road. Foster was transported back to her vehicle in the Rhododendron State Park parking lot.
Foster was lacking most of the essentials recommended for hikers to carry. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department would like to remind everyone to always pack enough supplies and hiking equipment to stay overnight if needed. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities.