Hiker in Distress – NH Fish and Game Department


Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
November 8, 2021

Albany, New Hampshire – On Friday, November 5, shortly after 2:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was informed that a hiker was suffering from a medical condition on the Piper Trail. Michael Meyer, 59, of Montclair, NJ, was descending from the summit of Mount Chocorua with a group of six family members. He was over 2.5 miles from the trailhead when he started to feel sick and couldn’t continue walking. After resting and showing no signs of improvement, they called 911 for help.

Along with conservation officers, members of the US Forest Service, SOLO students, Lake District Search and Rescue, and Conway’s Fire Ambulance responded. As the volunteers arrived, Meyer’s condition improved enough that he could start walking on his own. He was encountered on the trail by SOLO students who accompanied him to the trailhead. Meyer returned to the trailhead shortly before 7:00 p.m., where he was assessed by members of the Conway Fire Department and then taken by ambulance to North Conway Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at www.wildnh.com/safe. The map helps support Fish and Game’s search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential equipment, visit safehiking.com.

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