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 Hiker dies on Whiteface 
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 Hiker dies on Whiteface
This was on Wednesday. Very sad. :(

http://www.unionleader.com/article/2013 ... 130719195/


Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:56 am
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From my home town too :( (Don't know the name). Heat-induced I wonder?

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Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:28 am
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madmattd wrote:
Heat-induced I wonder?

I'm guessing that might be the case... :(

On our Franconia Ridge hike last weekend, it wasn't terribly warm at first, but did get hot once we were exposed above treeline. Two members of the group turned back due to not feeling well.


Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:30 am
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I did Eagle Cliff on Wednesday and was finished by noon, but it was already really hot (car thermometer said 88 as I was driving through the notch). Seems like they were ascending Blueberry Ledge Trail during peak heat hours given that they turned around at 5pm. Very sad.


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F & G write up seems to lean towards dehydration. I suppose it could be hyperthermia as well. A grim reminder that you need to keep drinking that warm water even if you don't feel thirsty. :cry:

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Wow. That's nerve-rattling.
He was only 30.

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That is sad and very unsettling. Thoughts go out to his family and friends. Let this be a reminder to everyone that proper hydration and nutrition is essential to safety, and you need to listen to your body regardless of how disappointing it may be to not finish a hike.

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I hiked that the day before. Kind of creepy. And agreed -- WOW 30! My wife's an ER nurse, and never ceases to amaze me (I guess I'm a slow learner) when she comes home with a tragic story about somebody our age or younger.


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Someone posted on Views that he had heat stroke and it took them 2 hours in the ER on IV and bed of ice to get his temp down below critical. Even more incentive for prevention and early intervention.

Be careful out there folks.


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Mark (Lawn Sale) posted that he (Mark) had heat stroke while in the army... not to be confused with this hiker on Whiteface.

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I had to treat a companion for the beginning of heat stroke once ... on Whiteface, in July.

There were no cell phones in those days. Fortunately we recognized it in time and there was a tiny bit of water in a puddle not too far from the ledges ....

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