Lieutenant James Kneeland
August 16, 2021
Franconia, NH – For the second time in two days, rescuers were called to Franconia Notch to assist an injured hiker. Just after 2:00 p.m. on August 13 a call came in that a hiker had suffered a leg injury while descending the Kinsman Ridge Trail from Cannon Mountain. Conservation Officers from NH Fish and Game along with volunteers from Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team responded to the trailhead. Enduring the extreme heat and humidity, the rescue team reached the injured hiker a little under a mile up the trail at 3:45 p.m. After stabilizing the injury, the hiker was placed in a litter and carried down the hazardous Kinsman Ridge Trail to the trailhead where they arrived just before 6:00 p.m. A hiking companion took the injured hiker from the trailhead to Littleton Regional Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
The 62-year-old hiker was identified as Jim Hawes of Pittsburg, NH. Hawes and his companion hiker had hiked to the summit of Cannon Mountain and were descending via the Kinsman Ridge Trail when the incident occurred. While navigating through an area of wet, slippery ledge he fell/slid about 15-20 feet down the ledge suffering minor lacerations and an injury to his leg. After placing a makeshift splint on the injured leg, it was soon realized that they would not be able to continue down the trail without assistance. A call for help was made. The pair was prepared with proper equipment for a day hike in the White Mountains.
For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com. 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.