Hiker Tumbles Off Mountian Cliff to His Death

A hiker, who was taking photos with his wife, tumbled down a mountain off a cliff and died this past Saturday morning.

A Hiker’s Worst Nightmare

A New Hampshire hiker died Saturday morning after he fell off the summit of a mountain and plunged hundreds of feet off a cliff while taking photos of the area with his wife, authorities said.

The couple was taking photos at the summit when “the hiker’s wife heard her husband yell and looked over to notice him falling over the edge of the mountain down a steep cliff that extended to the bottom approximately 800 feet,” said the Fish and Game Department.

The wife called 911 around 10:30 a.m.

Map of Mount Willard trail to the summit

Conservation officers and members of the Mountain Rescue Team responded.

Around 2:30 p.m., rescue technicians rappelled down the cliff and were able to locate the hiker deceased about 300 feet below the summit. 

NH Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division

The hiker’s body was carried down the mountain by emergency crew members, who finally reached the parking lot at about 6:45 p.m. 

His identity is not being released at this time.

New Hampshire’s Mount Willard Mountain

According to Summit Post, “Though dwarfed by many of the nearby higher summits of the White Mountains, Mt. Willard is a must for hikers to visit. It’s classic view of Crawford Notch is legendary and the view is often featured in many magazines and travel guides. This mountain is another mountain that offers a huge amount of bang for the buck.”

View from cliff at the top of Mt. Willard (2016-10-15). Photo by Daniel Griffin.

Hiking Can Be Dangerous (Sometimes)

Hiking is relatively safe and a great way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Still, sometimes it can be dangerous if you’re not prepared or don’t take the proper safety precautions.

According to the National Park Service, there are about 0.1 deaths per 100,000 visits, which is very low compared to the mortality rate of the overall US population of 844 deaths per 100,000 people.

As of 2020, there were 11.7 deaths per 100,000 people from car crashes, compared to the deaths in National Parks 0.1 per 100,000 people.

About 50% of those deaths are due to unintentional causes, such as slips and falls, exposure to the elements like heat or cold, and animal attacks.

You have a higher chance of dying from everyday activity, such as a car ride, than hiking in one of the national parks. 

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