Conditions On Mt. Washington Too Dangerous To Search For Boston Hiker

By Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire forest officials say prospects that a Boston hiker survived conditions after a fall in Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine are very grim.

They said Tuesday that conditions remained too treacherous to resume the search for 67-year-old Norman Priebatsch, who fell into a deep crevasse Sunday.

Officials say Priebatsch was hiking with three other people Sunday afternoon in the ravine when he lost his footing and slid over a band of rocks before falling into the crevasse.

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Norman Priebatsch (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Forest officials say Priebatsch was unresponsive even before he dropped into the crevasse.

Snow ranger Jeff Lane was lowered 50 feet into the crevasse and said he could see another 80 feet down but could not see or hear Priebatsch.

Lane said it is a recovery effort, as opposed to a rescue.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • 1stackmack

    if its to dangerous to search.than its to dangerous to hike.this hikes wasn’t very smart.

  • Jeammah

    I do not understand, why over and over again. Folks don’t listen and think that they’re indestructible and do anything. Honestly, how many people have been killed up on the mountain over the past 30 yrs if not longer. It’s never safe to be out on Mt. Washington till after late June. I guess people choose to die and be stupid.

    • J Cruz

      I was on Mt. Washington on Sunday and stopped and spoke to Norman Priebatsch on my descent from the Summit. We met at 4500ft on the Lion’s Head Trail.

      It was just about the best conditions you could ever ask for. Fourty degrees, 20 mile visilibilty and 10 mile per hour winds on the summit!

      This year Mt. Washington has the least snowpack that it has ever had at this point in the year — since record keeping started in 1898.

      I heartily disagree with your statements. Well equiped and trained climbers do not have an issue climbing Mt. Washington under current conditions.

  • Joanne

    Poor decision on the hikers part. Tuckerman’s is dangerous even the warm weather. My boyfriend and I were hiking on Sat in NH in the Great Gulf wilderness and it was starting to get late. We still had about a mile of a straight steep climb that would be snowy and icy. We decided to turn around and head back. Didn’t want to be in there when it was dark and risk getting stuck overnight. The mountain will be there another day…your life may not.

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