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Franklin Pierce University Students and Staff Assist Injured Woman on University’s Annual Grand Monadnock Climb

September 10, 2012

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About 120 Franklin Pierce University students, staff, and faculty took part in the Grand Monadnock Climb on Saturday, September 8, but the annual Franklin Pierce event on Mount Monadnock had an unexpected twist when some of the climbers encountered an injured woman close to the summit of the mountain. Approximately 35 people from the Franklin Pierce group assisted the woman by taking turns carrying her down one of the steepest trails of the mountain on a litter, along with members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and volunteers for the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Search and Rescue Team.

The injured hiker hurt her leg while descending the White Dot Trail on the popular 3,165-foot mountain in Jaffrey, N.H. The first person on the scene was a Franklin Pierce Pre-Orientation Wilderness Adventure Trip Leader, senior Tony Albina. He was initially assisted by two other trip leaders, junior Brad Arena and senior Garrett Brandes, and Head Intramural Official, senior TJ Dineen; they were responsible for the injured woman’s initial care until State Park staff arrived 15 minutes later. Franklin Pierce Director of Campus Recreation Doug Carty arrived shortly after, and he and senior and Pre-Orientation Trip Leader Ben DiLauro enlisted additional students to help carry the injured hiker, since it was apparent that her friends and park staff would not be able to effectively carry her down the mountain without greater assistance. Approximately 25 students volunteered to help, the majority of who were freshman. 

The litter was brought down in two ways: groups of eight people took turns carrying it on level terrain, but on the steep and slippery sections – which was approximately 90% of the trail – the entire group lined up down the trail and passed the litter down, hand over hand. Once the litter was passed beyond one person, he or she would peel off and go to the end of the line to carry it again, a process that was repeated all the way down the mountain. Rain came at approximately 2:00 p.m., part-way through the rescue operation, which made for slick trail conditions. Despite being soaked, Carty reports that Franklin Pierce students were in great spirits and cheered for the victim when the rescue squad came and took over near the Old Toll Road. Many other Franklin Pierce staff, faculty, and volunteers supervised shuttling the rest of the Franklin Pierce group back to campus throughout the afternoon and ‘sweeping’ the trail until every student was accounted for at the end of the day. Carty says, “The challenge was trying to monitor the Grand Monadnock Climb event while also helping manage a rescue on the other side of the mountain, so I was pleased with everyone who eagerly stepped up to help.”

The annual climb on Mount Monadnock has been a tradition at Franklin Pierce for close to its 50-year history, with freshmen comprising the bulk of the student population who start their year with this unique opportunity to bond with the Franklin Pierce community on the iconic mountain that serves as a stunning backdrop to the Rindge campus. Many who made the climb on Saturday were taking their first hike up the popular mountain, and while some made the climb with ease, others needed a little encouragement, which was in ample supply.

 

 

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