Hiker Becomes Ill

The victim and partner were camping out on the Summit cone when she became ill during the night. The next day they determined she was too weak to descend on her own and around 9:15 am they called 911 on their cell phone requesting assistance. Due to incorrect information and weather conditions, searchers did not find the two until about 1:45 pm. The victim was assisted down the Lion Head Winter Route and was then transported to Pinkham by the USFS snowcat. The rescue took 8 people and 9 hours to complete. Cell phones should not be relied upon when in the mountains. Rescuers were not able to contact the victim’s cell phone and the location information that was given was not correct so it took hours to find the victims.