• Injured hiker is helped off peak
    December 14,2012

    A 22-year-old hiker was helped down icy trails Wednesday on Hunger Mountain after falling and injuring his shoulder.

    The upstate New York man was with five others, but darkness prevented the group from returning with the injured person until help came from the Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team and Stowe Mountain Rescue, an official said.

    “This was a relatively rare situation where all the hikers were prepared for the emergency,” said Brian Lindner, team leader for the Waterbury rescue team.

    All seemed to be experienced hikers, bringing along extra clothing and headlamps, but darkness prevented their descent, Lindner said. Also, not everyone in the group had gear for their footwear that provides extra traction.

    The group was stopped just below the summit.

    Emergency officials were notified at 4:24 p.m. and found the man shortly after 6 p.m.

    Rescuers provided emergency medical care, and the man walked down the mountain without major help.

    Rescuers and the injured man reached the base of the mountain shortly after 8 p.m., and he was taken by ambulance to Central Vermont Medical Center.

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