Lt. Bradley R. Morse
November 4, 2023

Bartlett, NH – On November 4, 2023, at approximately 5:45 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified of an injured hiker on the Mt. Kearsarge North Trail in Bartlett. Joanna Ledoux, 45, from Durham, NH, was hiking with her husband and a hiking companion and had summited Mt. Kearsarge North. Shortly after hiking down from the summit, Ledoux slipped and injured her ankle. She was unable to bear weight and so her husband called 911 for assistance.

New Hampshire Conservation Officers along with members of Lakes Region Search and Rescue (LRSAR) and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR) assisted with the carryout. Ledoux was approximately 2.8 miles from the parking area and had to be carried by rescue litter. Ledoux and the rescuers arrived at the trailhead parking area at 11:25 p.m.

Ledoux and her husband have a current Hike Safe card. Proceeds from the Hike Safe card are used to fund search and rescue efforts in New Hampshire. NH Fish and Game is a self-funded agency, which relies heavily upon volunteer rescue groups to complete the mission of search and rescue in the woodlands of the state. The public is encouraged to help support search and rescue activities in the state by purchasing a Hike Safe card.

New Hampshire Fish and Game also reminds hikers to prepare themselves before venturing out into the wilderness, including packing the ten essential items: map, compass, warm clothing, extra food and water, headlamp, fire starter, first aid kit, whistle, rain/wind jackets and pants, and a knife. For additional information, please visit