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June 28, 2020 at 8:55 pm
A Framingham man suffered serious injuries Saturday after a fall down “a great distance” on Mount Washington in an ill-prepared “back-country” snowboarding attempt, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said.
Ian Brown, 22, was transported by conservation officers and an ambulance off the mountain to Memorial Hospital in Conway after his fall at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington.
“Officers determined that while Mr. Brown was climbing the snow-covered ravine to snowboard down it, he slipped and fell a great distance,” officials said in a statement.
Members of Brown’s party and a doctor nearby who had planned to ski rendered aid to Brown, and conservation officers took Brown down to the Hermit Lake Shelter. The doctor deemed Brown could be transported by ATVs down the mountain, and conservation officers took him down the rest of the way.
Officials said Brown and the group were not experienced “back-country” snowboarders and lacked safety equipment that could have prevented Brown’s fall including micro-spikes and self-arrest gear.
“New Hampshire Fish and Game would like to remind those venturing into the outdoors to always be prepared for the activity one is pursuing with the necessary safety equipment,” officials said, “and always be mindful of one’s limitations and experience levels to avoid potential disasters.”