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Falling Rock Chute

The victim was skiing in the Chute when he was struck on the head and hand by a falling rock. He suffered a soft tissue injury to his right hand. He was assisted by a member of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol and a USFS Snow Ranger. This incident took two people 1/2 hour to complete.

Skier Fall – Headwall

The victim fell while skiing on the left side of the Headwall. She somersaulted and fell approximately 100′ injuring her right knee. She was able to make it to Lunch Rocks where she rested and put ice on her knee. While walking out of the Ravine her knee became very swollen and she had difficulty walking. She sought assistance from the Mount Washinton Volunteer Ski Patrol. Her knee was assessed and it was determined she would most likely not be able to walk out to Pinkham. Her knee was bandaged and her leg immobilized. She was transported in a litter down to Pinkham. This incident took 10 people 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Skier Fall – Chute

The victim fell approximately 500′ while skiing in the Chute and collided with another person’s ski equipment. The victim sustained a laceration on his head and an avulsion on his right forearm. He was treated by members of the Mount Washinton Volunteer Ski Patrol and was able to walk out to Pinkham on his own. This incident took 2 people 1 hour.

Snowboarder Fall -Lip

The victim was boarding on the Lip when she fell approximately 800′. She complained of pain in her wrist and sustained abrasions to her back. She was treated by a USFS Snow Ranger. She was able to walk out to Pinkham on her own. This incident took 1 person 1 hour.

Skier Fall -Lip

The victim was skiing the Lip when he fell. He tumbled head over heals about 800′ receiving a considerable amount of facial abrasions. He was treated by a member of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol and a USFS Snow Ranger. The victim was able to walk out to Pinkham on his own. This incident took two people 1 hour.

Chute – Skier Fall

The victim was skiing the Chute when he fell. He tumbled approximately 500′ and sustained a possible concussion and numerous facial abrasions. He was treated by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol and a USFS Snow Ranger. The victim was able to walk out to Pinkham on his own. This incident took 2 people 1 hour.

Sliding Fall- Lip

The victim was skiing the Lip when she fell. She sustained an injury to her left knee in the sliding fall. She was treated by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. She was able to hobble out from the Bowl to Hermit Lake where she was then transported to Pinkham on a snow machine by a USFS Snow Ranger. This incident took 4 people 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Sliding Fall, Hillman’s Highway

The victim had made 5 or 6 turns at the top Hillman’s Highway when he lost his edge and fell. He was unable to stop himself and fell the length of the gully, approximately 1200′. He sought assistance from the Forest Service and was treated by the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol for numerous abrasions. He was able to walk to Pinkham. This incident took 2 people 1/2 hour.

The previous day we received rain on the snowpack which then froze overnight. Conditions in Hillman’s Highway were very hardpack, icy and unforgiving. Skiers and riders should think twice about venturing onto slopes when conditions are such that without an ice axe you will not be able to stop a fall. One of the victims that fell was wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are great for deep snow in rolling terrain but they are not intended for steep icy gully climbing. The snowshoe crampon system is designed to float over snow, not ice climb. Having the appropriate equipment for the terrain is essential for being safe in the mountains. Know your equipment, the advantages and limitations before you venture out into the backcountry.

Sliding Fall Hillman’s

The victim was snowboarding down Hillman’s Highway when he lost his edge and fell. He tumbled head over heals then was heading face first when he went over a rock drop off. He went approximately 200′ before he was able to stop himself by grabbing onto a clump of bushes. The victim sought assistance from the Forest Service and was treated by the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. He had numerous abrasions and a possible concussion. The victim was able to walk out to Pinkham with his friends. This incident took 2 people 1/2 hour.

The previous day we received rain on the snowpack which then froze overnight. Conditions in Hillman’s Highway were very hardpack, icy and unforgiving. Skiers and riders should think twice about venturing onto slopes when conditions are such that without an ice axe you will not be able to stop a fall. One of the victims that fell was wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are great for deep snow in rolling terrain but they are not intended for steep icy gully climbing. The snowshoe crampon system is designed to float over snow, not ice climb. Having the appropriate equipment for the terrain is essential for being safe in the mountains. Know your equipment, the advantages and limitations before you venture out into the backcountry.

Snowboarding in the Chute, Axe Laceration

The victim was snowboarding in the Chute when he fell. He attempted to self arrest with his ice axe. During this attempt the adze of the ice axe impacted his face near the eye resulting in a laceration. He self rescued to Hermit Lake where he met Forest Service Snow Rangers. They bandaged him and gave him a ride on a snow machine down to Pinkham. He sought medical treatment and received numerous stitches. This rescue took 2 people 1.5 hours.

Injured Skier

The victim was hiking up Left Gully to ski when he fell approximately 50′ and hit a rock. He suffered a laceration on his right forearm. It was bandaged with a fleece coat and shoe string on scene by a bystander to stop the bleeding. He descended the gully and sought assistance from the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. His laceration was assessed and bandaged. He was advised he would probably need stitches. He was able to walk out to Pinkham on his own. This incident took 2 people 15 minutes.

Long Sliding Fall. Left Gully Tuckerman Ravine

The victim dislocated his shoulder during a sliding fall in Left Gully in Tuckerman Ravine. When a Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patroller arrived on scene the victim was becoming hypothermic. He was treated by four Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrollers and assisted down to Hermit Lake where he was reassessed. After warming up at the Snow Ranger Cabin, the patient walked down to Pinkham Notch with the aid of two friends.

Injured Skier- Lip

The patient injured his knee in a fall while skiing the Lip in Tuckerman Ravine. He was treated by an AMC Caretaker and assisted down to Hermit Lake. From there he was evacuated to Pinkham Notch in a litter by two AMC Caretakers and bystanders. The incident took four people two hours to complete.

Injured Skier – Tuckerman Ravine

The patient took a long tumbling fall when he fell skiing the Headwall in Tuckerman Ravine. During the fall he impacted some rocks and injured his shoulder and dislocated his elbow. He was treated by two Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrollers and assisted to Hermit Lake. From there he was transported on a snowmobile by a USFS Snow Ranger to Pinkham Notch. The incident took 3 people 2 hours to complete.

Long Sliding Fall Chute

The patient fell while climbing up the Chute in Tuckerman Ravine. During the long sliding fall, he dislocated his shoulder. He was treated by a Snow Ranger and a Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patroller and assisted to Pinkham Notch by his friends. The incident took 2 people 1/2 hour to complete, not including the time it took the part to hike out.