ALBANY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a hiker fell 40 feet to his death while trying to climb a steep ledge near a waterfall in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers recovered the body of 29-year-old Steven Marshall of Waltham, Massachusetts, on Saturday.

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Conservation officers responded to the area of Champney Falls Trail off of the Kancamagus Highway in Albany at about 1 p.m. Saturday. They said Marshall was hiking with friends on the trail when the group stopped at an area known as Pitcher Falls.

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Officers said Marshall and two companions decided to climb the steep ledge to the right of the falls when Marshall fell.

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