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Hit by falling ice

A skier was at Lunch Rocks with a group of people when he was struck in the face by falling ice.  The group had intentionally positioned themselves in a location that offered shelter from icefall, but the piece silently threaded its way through the rocks and impacted the victim, causing him to fall approximately 70 feet down the slope.  Realizing the severity of the injury, his friends rapidly treated him and began transporting him down to Hermit Lake.  He was transferred into another toboggan at Hermit Lake and transported to Pinkham Notch via snowmobile, where he was loaded into an ambulance and transported to the hospital.  Due to excellent response from his friends, good trail conditions and machine assistance, the patient was in an ambulance in just over one hour from the time of his injury.

Falling Ice – Central Gully

At 1530 a climber was struck on the head by falling ice while climbing in Central Gully in Huntington Ravine. The patient was wearing a helmet and lost consciousness for 1 minute due to the impact. She was with a group of 14 people who initiated a self-evacuation. The patient was treated by members of her party, packaged in a litter from a near-by rescue cache and they began transporting her down the mountain. The group sent one person out ahead for help and the incident was reported to USFS Snow Rangers at 1700. Two Snow Rangers responded from Pinkham Notch with oxygen and other medical supplies. They met the group on the Tuckerman Ravine trail, administered oxygen and assisted them down to Pinkham Notch. The patient was met by an ambulance at Pinkham Notch and transported to a local hospital. The incident took two USFS Snow Rangers 2 hours to complete.

Struck by Falling Ice

The victim was skiing in the Ravine, near the Lip, when he was struck on the upper right leg by a chunk of ice. The ice chunk was approximately 2′ wide. He took a sliding fall as a result of being hit by the ice. After being assessed by 2 members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol the victim was able to walk out with assistance.