Lt. Bradley Morse
October 21, 2019

Wonolancet, NH – On Sunday October 20, at approximately 4:45 p.m., 911 Dispatch received a call from two hikers on the Blueberry Ledge Trail on Mt. Whiteface who requested assistance. James Avery, 22, from Belmont, NH, and his 17-year-old hiking companion had just summited Mt. Whiteface and were returning down the trail when they realized they would not make it back before dark. They had no lights and were unprepared to spend the night.

NH Fish and Game was notified, and the decision was made to send up two Conservation Officers due to the rain and decreasing temperatures. Conservation Officers found them on the trail at 8:15 p.m., provided them with lights, food, water, and additional clothing, and escorted them back to the parking area.

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 for a list of recommended hiking equipment.

No further information is available at this time.