Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
October 21, 2019
Albany, NH – On Friday, October 18 shortly before 2:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was injured near the summit of Mt. Chocorua in Albany. The hiker was Clifford Daly, 66, of Ottawa, ON. He was descending from the summit with his wife and three other hikers when he fell down a steep section of rock and dropped about ten feet to the ground severely injuring his arm, both wrists, and ribs. The group was able to place a call for help. Conservation Officers and members of the US Forest Service responded. Clifford was able to continue walking down the trail. He was over 4.0 miles from the trailhead.
Rescuers met the group 3.0 miles from the trailhead. They treated his injuries and assisted him the rest of the way down. Clifford showed a tremendous amount of fortitude as it was clear to rescuers that he had suffered multiple fractures. He arrived back at the trailhead shortly before 7:00 p.m. He was then treated by members of the Conway Ambulance Service who ultimately transported him the Memorial Hospital in North Conway.
While Clifford and his group were well prepared for the conditions to include purchasing Hike Safe Cards it is important to note that daylight hours are dwindling and temperatures are falling quickly as the sun sets. Winter conditions will soon be present in the mountains and those venturing out must be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment to protect themselves from the elements.