Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
November 7, 2022

Albany, NH – On Saturday, November 5, 2022, shortly before 1:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was injured on the Champney Falls Trail. He had suffered a dislocated knee while descending from the summit. He was over three miles from the trailhead when the injury occurred. His name is being withheld because he is a minor. He was hiking with several friends.

Along with Conservation Officers, rescuers from SOLO Wilderness Medicine, Lakes Region Search and Rescue and the US Forest Service responded. Cell phone reception in the area is spotty but after multiple attempts over a period of time, contact was made with the group. With advice given over the phone, his friends and a passing hiker were able to correct the dislocation and wrap the knee, which allowed him to bear weight on his injured leg. The rescuers met the group on the trail and were able to hike out with him. Everyone arrived back at the trailhead shortly after 7:00 p.m. and he was driven from the scene by his parents.

Lakes Region Search and Rescue and SOLO Schools are volunteer search and rescue organizations whose members work hard and donate their time in order to perform rescues across the state. Anyone can donate to LRSAR or SOLO through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council at Donations are fully tax deductible. Outdoor enthusiasts are also encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit