A Newark man who was skiing in the backcountry of New Hampshire was rescued after tumbling 1,000 feet down the steep slope of a mountain, authorities said.
The incident happened around 4 p.m. Saturday on Mt. Washington in Sargent’s Purchase, N.H., according to a spokesman for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Authorities identified the injured skier as Arild Hestvik, 61.
Part of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Mt. Washington is the Northeast’s highest peak at 6,288 feet, and its windy summit holds the record for the highest wind gust in the Northern Hemisphere. The mountain is a popular destination for hikers as well as tourists, who can drive to the peak or ride up on a cog railroad.
Authorities said Hestvik was skiing on the southeast side of the mountain on a popular skiing route known as the Main Gully when his boot released from his binding, causing him to fall the full length of the Main Gully – approximately 1,000 feet.
US Forest Service Snow Rangers and New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation officers made their way to the scene and determined Hestvik had multiple injuries. They called for a rescue helicopter, but it was determined that a medevac flight was not feasible due to impending darkness and the lack of a suitable landing zone.
Instead, first responders loaded Hestvik into a rescue litter and carried him to safety. He was later taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.
The rescue effort took approximately five hours, officials said.