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Injured hiker rescued from Long Trail

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10/04/2007

By Kara Herlihy

Rescue personnel from four different local agencies responded to an injured hiker on the Long Trail Saturday, September 30.

The injured party was hiking a section of the Long Trail south of Camel's Hump called 'Burnt Rock' when he suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

Approximately 20 rescue workers from Mad River Valley, Stowe, Colchester and Waterbury rescue squads all responded to the call, which came in around one o'clock in the afternoon.

Workers reached the injured party and his female hiking companion who was not injured, close to the Ira Allen Summit. Mike Cannon of the Colchester Technical Team said that their response was "one of the most people-intensive litter evacuations to date."

Cannon said that the majority of the rescue took place over "incredibly rough terrain" where obstacles including rocks, large slopes, and the grade of the trail "made for very a long day."

Mad River Valley Ambulance Service president Nancy Mongeur said that once all four teams were assembled, "it took until the wee hours of the morning" to get the injured hiker down from Burnt Rock. She also said that "it was slower coming down" over the rough terrain where Cannon said they "had to use ropes and belays from the Ira Summit down to the ladders."

Mongeur said that the rescue "took all night" and some of "our people didn't get home until 8 a.m."

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