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This story is a couple of weeks old, but already this climbing season we have seen multiple accidents since the new year.
I can only guess that this man was trying to get down even though it was after dark, so that his family wouldn't have to deal with the stress of thinking he was stuck on the mountain, lost, or dead.
He possibly should have had supplies with him that would have allowed him to set up an emergency bivy for the night, and descend safely in daylight.
Just another unfortunate yet good reminder, to travel safely in mountain terrain, and be prepared for anything.
Hiker dies after falling on NH's Mount Washington January 10, 2012
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H.—A Massachusetts hiker has died after falling on Mount Washington.
Officials say 46-year-old Patrick Scott Powers of Mansfield., Mass., fell about 800 feet while descending the mountain after dark on Monday.
Powers started the day hike up the mountain Monday morning from Pinkham Notch. Officials say after reaching the summit he fell down snow and ice covered slopes into Tuckerman Ravine between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Rescuers worked through the night, getting to Pinkham Notch at 2 a.m. They say Powers died of his injuries.
Officials say temperatures at the summit were around 9 degrees with low visibility, light snow and winds of 40 to 50 mph all day.