Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
September 6, 2022
Albany, NH – On Friday, September 2 shortly before 8:00 p.m., Brittney Austin, 23, of Lewiston, ME, and Joshua Wheeler, 20, of Greene, ME, were overcome by darkness above a ledged rock out-cropping adjacent to the Mineral Site Loop Trail in Albany.
Ultimately, they were able to phone 911 for assistance. They were over a mile from the trailhead and a little more than a hundred yards off trail. Their path back down to the trail was blocked by a large rock outcroppings on steep terrain. Conservation Officers located them shortly after 10:00 p.m. and were able to hike them up around the ledges and back to the trail. They reached the trailhead shortly before 11:00 p.m.
Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at www.wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.