On the afternoon of June 25th, 2017, Naomi Lafont of Claremont, New Hampshire sustained a lower leg injury after slipping on a rock near the summit of Mt. Caridigan on the West Ridge Trail, Orange. Mrs. Lafont was wearing sneakers for her hike which were difficult to gain adequate traction for the trail conditions. Mrs. Lafont had planned a day hike on West Ridge Trail.
Shortly after the incident, individuals from the Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan Fire and Ambulance, Lebanon Fire, Enfield Fire, Grafton Fire, Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, and Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department responded. Mrs. Lafont was carried out by her rescuers without event and transported to receive medical attention.
During the rescue of Mrs. Lafont it was noted that most of the hikers utilizing the trail were not adequately prepared in regard to hiking clothes or gear. New Hampshire Fish and Game would like to remind hikers that simply wearing above the ankle hiking boots can prevent many common hiking injuries. For some guidelines on hiking safely visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Website at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/outdoor-recreation/hiking-safety.html.