Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
February 7, 2022

Hart’s Location, NH – On Friday, February 4 shortly after 11:30 a.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a climber had collapsed while hiking up Mt. Willard to go ice climbing. The climber was a 67-year-old male from Florida. Members of his group immediately began CPR and continued to attempt to revive him for over an hour. Mountain Rescue Service, Bartlett Jackson Ambulance Bartlett Fire, and Twin Mountain Fire responded.

Unfortunately, the climber passed away and he was placed in a litter, lowered several hundred feet to the rail bed, and carried a little over a half mile to the trailhead. The recovery concluded shortly after 1:30 p.m. The climber’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

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