Mt. Washington’s fatalities

Learn more about the casualties of Mt. Washington

Editor’s note: This roundup of facts is part of the June 2019 feature story on Mt. Washington that was featured in New Hampshire Magazine. Facts are listed in no particular order. We invite you to find more tidbits about the Northeast’s highest summit here.

This photo was taken from Mt. Washington’s summit, at a place called Goofer Point behind the Yankee building, looking west and southwest over the southern Presidential Range, Crawford Notch and Mt. Moosilauke. Photo by Jim Salge

First Fatality

Frederick Strickland owns a grim first — he was the first-recorded person to die on Mt. Washington on October 19, 1849. Despite winter-like conditions, the 29-year-old Englishman did reach the summit, but was less lucky on the return trip. While on the way down, he got lost, eventually meeting his fate in the bed of the Ammonoosuc River in the Ammonoosuc Ravine.


Lizzie Bourne

In September 1855, 23-year-old Lizzie Bourne set out from Glen House Hotel to climb Mt. Washington with her uncle and cousin. Lizzie had a heart condition, but was determined to spend the night at Tip-Top House to see the sunrise. Like other 19th-century women, she wore full skirts, petticoats and pantaloons — yards of heavy fabric. Despite warnings of bad weather, in late afternoon they left the Halfway House and the protection of trees. Winds turned chill and damp, and clouds obscured the trail. Skirts now soaked and heavier, Lizzie faltered and they stopped for the night, sheltered behind a hastily built stone pile. That night Lizzie became Mt. Washington’s first female casualty. In the morning, clouds lifted to reveal Tip-Top House, only a few hundred feet away. A simple monument beside the Cog Railway commemorates the spot where she died. — Barbara Radcliffe Rogers


The Willey Slide Tragedy

The tragic death of the Willey family in a mudslide turned the country’s attention to the White Mountains, helping to set the stage for the area — and Mt. Washington — to become tourist attractions.

The tragic death of the Willey family in a mudslide turned the country’s attention to the White Mountains, helping to set the stage for the area — and Mt. Washington — to become tourist attractions.

In 1826, the Willey Slide Tragedy turned the White Mountains into a tourist attraction. In the decades after the American Revolution, the White Mountains were still a vast, empty wilderness. Nevertheless, that is where Sam Willey decided to settle his family, at the base of what is now called Mt. Willey. During a violent rainstorm and fearing mudslides, the Willey family fled their home to a nearby stone structure they’d built for just such an event. Ironically, their would-be refuge was destroyed, killing all inside, but the mudslide missed the house entirely. Word spread, and the house began attracting tourists, and soon artists and writers were drawn as well, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote “The Ambitious Ghost,” a short story about the tragedy.


Heroic Sacrifice

In the middle of a January night in 1982, Joe Lentini’s phone rang — two people were lost on Mt. Washington in dangerous winter conditions. The temperature was around 20 below, the wind was blowing, and visibility was terrible. Still, Lentini’s search-and-rescue team set out in the early morning to find the two men. They eventually retreated, but returned the next morning. Volunteers Albert Dow and Michael Harrich were searching O’dell’s Gully where they found tracks that might have belonged to the missing climbers. As the rest of the team convened at the bottom of the mountain, Dow and Harrich began their descent. It was then an avalanche swept through, killing Dow. He was 28 years old, and is the first and only Mountain Rescue Service volunteer to die during an active mission.

In 2018, 36 years later, the Mount Washington Observatory’s summit Weather Museum rededicated the Extreme Weather Exhibit in Dow’s memory. The two climbers Dow died trying to save, Hugh Herr and Jeffery Batzer, were found a day later by an Appalachian Mountain Club employee who was out snowshoeing. They were both severely frostbitten and close to death. Herr, who was 17 at the time, lost both of his legs. Today, he’s a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is the head of the bionics lab. As a pioneer in prosthetics, he creates limbs for amputees, helping them participate in sports like mountain climbing.

After Dow’s death, the Legislature passed a law making Mountain Rescue Service volunteers working under New Hampshire Fish and Game covered by both life insurance and workers compensation.


Casualty List

Across from the information desk at the Mt. Washington summit, there is a “wall of fame” where no one wants to see their name. It’s the framed “Casualties of Mount Washington” poster, a list of the 161 known deaths (a total, listed below, that keeps changing) since the state park started recording them in 1849 (presumably the mountain was just as dangerous before the list began).

The cause of most of these deaths can be summarized by the six words also tacked to the wall in a much larger font: “The Worst Weather in the World.”

An unscientific breakdown of the list, which includes several vague causes of death “indirectly associated with Mt. Washington,” reveals the following reasons as the most common:

  • Falls (44)
  • Hypothermia/Weather Exposure (33)
  • Heart Attacks (23)

Inevitably, some of the deaths in the park were avoidable. In two separate incidents over the past decade, two men in their 20s fell to their deaths in Tuckerman
Ravine after hiking off the trail to get a better view of the waterfall. Other incidents are more heartbreaking, involving good Samaritans dying while trying to rescue injured/missing skiers or hikers.

“Primarily, we keep this list as a respectful memorial to those who lost their lives in the Presidential Range,” says Patrick Hummel, manager of Mount Washington State Park. “It’s not meant to be sensational in any way, but it’s also a reminder to visitors about the dangers that can be present every day here.”

As of this publication’s deadline, the most recent fatal accident happened on April 11, 2019. Nicholas Benedix, 32, of Campton, New Hampshire, was buried in an avalanche while skiing alone in the Raymond’s Cataract area northeast of Tuckerman Ravine. Rescuers were able to dig out Benedix from the snow after more than 90 minutes being trapped, but he later died of cardiac arrest.

Wind speeds at the summit of Mt. Washington can exceed hurricane force (75 mph) more than 100 days per year. For tips on how to be prepared to hike the mountain in any season, visit hikesafe.com. — Darren Garnick


The following list is compiled in memory of those who lost their lives on New Hampshire’s Great Mountain

  1.  Fredrick Strickland, age 29, of Bridlington, England, died October 19, 1849, in the Ammonoosuc Ravine after losing his way down the mountain on the Fabyan Path in an early storm.

 

  1.  Lizzie Bourne, age 23, of Kennebunk, ME, died September 13, 1855 of exhaustion and exposure almost at the summit after an ascent in stormy weather by the Glen House Bridle Path.

 

  1.  Benjamin Chandler, age 75, of Wilmington, DE, died August 7, 1856 of exhaustion and exposure near the summit after an ascent by the Glen House Bridle Path.

 

  1.  J.M. Thompson, proprietor of the Glen House, died October 4, 1869 by drowning in the Flooded Peabody River.

 

  1.  Private William Stevens, of the U.S. Signal Service, and observer at the Weather Station, died on the summit on February 26, 1872 of natural causes.

 

  1.  Private William Seely, age 29 of Seneca Falls, NY, died from injuries sustained from a “Slideboard” accident on July 3, 1873.

 

  1.  Harry W. Hunter, age 21, of Pittsburgh, PA, died September 3, 1874, near the foot of the cone of the mountain of exhaustion and exposure during an ascent by the Crawford Path in cold and rain.  His remains were found six years later.

 

  1.  Mrs. Ira Chichester, of Allegan, MI died July 3, 1880, when a coach overturned on the Carriage Road near the three mile mark.

 

  1.  Sewall E. Faunce, age 15, of Dorchester, MA, was killed July 24, 1886, by the falling off the snow arch in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Ewald Weiss, age 24, of Berlin, Germany, left the Summit House on August 24, 1890, to walk to Mt. Adams.  He has never been found.

 

  1. William B. Curtis, age 63, of New York, died June 30, 1900, of exhaustion and exposure on the Crawford Path not far from the present Lakes of the Clouds Hut.

 

  1.  Allan Ormsbee, age 28, of Brooklyn, NY, died June 30, 1900, of exhaustion and exposure a few hundred feet from the summit.

 

  1.  Alexander Cusick, employee of the Cog Railway, was killed August 23, 1900, while descending the railway on a “Slideboard”.

 

  1.  John M Keenan, age 18, of Charlestown, MA, a surveyor, wandered the cone of Mt Washington on September 18, 1912, and has never been found.

 

  1.  Harry Clauson, age 19, of South Boston, MA, was killed August 5, 1919, descending the Cog Railway on an improvised slide board made of ties.

 

  1.  Jack Lonigan, age 21, of Boston, MA, was killed August 5, 1919, descending the Cog Railway on an improvised slide board.

 

  1.  A woodsman named Harriman drowned in a flood of Jefferson Book while following his trap lines in November, 1927.

 

  1.  Elmer Lyman, of Berlin, NH, froze to death while attempting to walk through Pinkham Notch Road, then unplowed in April, 1928.

 

  1.  Herbert J. Young, age 18, of Salem, MO, died December 1, 1928, of exhaustion and exposure on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail after ascending through Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Daniel P. Rossiter, a Boston photographer was killed July 20, 1929, when the renovated old engine, “Peppersass”, was destroyed on the Cog Railway.

 

  1.  Oysten Kladstad, of Brooklyn, NY, was drowned in Dry River, Oakes Gulf, on a fishing trip, July 30, 1929.

 

  1.  Henry B. Bigelow, Jr., of Cambridge, MA, was killed by a falling stone, September 18, 1931, while rock climbing in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Ernest W. McAdams, age 22, of Stoneham, MA, froze to death January 31, 1932, near the Lizzie Bourne monument while making a winter ascent by the Cog Railway route.

 

  1.  Joseph B. Chadwick, age 22, of Woburn, MA, froze to death in the same storm, January 31, 1932, very near the summit, while ascending by the Cog Railway route.

 

  1.  Simon Joseph, age 19, of Brookline, MA, died June 18, 1933, of exhaustion and exposure on the Crawford Path near the Lakes of the Clouds Hut.

 

  1.  Rupert Marden, age 21, of Brookline, MA, died November 11, 1933, of exhaustion and exposure in Tuckerman Ravine after a climb in a snowstorm on the Lion Head Trail.

 

  1.  Jerome R. Pierce, age 17, of Springfield, VT, drowned September 9, 1934, in the Peabody River, Great Gulf.

 

  1.  John W Fowler, age 19, of New York City, NY, died April 1, 1936, from injuries suffered in a 900 foot slide down the icy cone of the east side of Mt. Washington.

 

  1.  Grace M. Sturgess, age 24, of Williamstown, MA, died May 23, 1936, as a result of injuries from falling ice in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Harry A. Wheeler, age 55, of Salem, MA, died July 4, 1937, from a heart attack on the Caps Ridge Trail on Mt. Jefferson.

 

  1.  Joseph Caggiano, age 22, of Astoria, NY, died August 24, 1938, of exhaustion and exposure on the Gulfside Trail near Madison Hut after crossing the Presidential Range from Mt. Washington.

 

  1.  Edwin P McIntire, Jr., age 19, of Short Hill, NH, was killed June 9, 1940 by a fall into a crevasse in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Louis Carl Haberland, age 27, of Roslindale, MA, died October 13, 1941, from exhaustion and exposure on the Caps Ridge Trail on Mt. Jefferson.

 

  1.  John Neal, of Springfield, MA, suffered a fatal injury April 7, 1943, while skiing the Little Headwall in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Phyllis Wilbur, age 16, of Kingsfield, ME, died June 3, 1948 in the North Conway Hospital, after a skiing accident in Tuckerman Ravine on May 31, 1948.

 

  1.  Paul H Schiller, of Cambridge, MA, died May 1, 1949 while skiing on the Headwall of Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Tor Staver, died February 5, 1952 in Boston, MA of a fractured skull he suffered during a skiing accident February 2, 1952, on the John Sherburne Ski Trail leading from Tuckerman Ravine to Pinkham Notch.

 

  1.  Raymond W. Davis, age 50, of Sharon, MA, died August 23, 1952, of exposure after collapsing from a heart condition above the head wall of Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Philip Longnecker, age 25, of Toledo, OH, died January 31, 1954 of either suffocating in an avalanche or of exposure during a camping trip in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Jacques Parysko, age 23, of Cambridge, MA, died January 31, 1954, of exposure during a camping trip in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  A. Aaron Leve, age 28, of Boston, MA, was killed February 19, 1956 by an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  John J. Ochab, age 37, of Newark, NJ, died September 1, 1956, from a fall on Mt. Clay.

 

  1.  Thomas Flint, age 21, of Concord, MA, died June 7, 1956 from a fall and exposure on Mt. Madison.

 

  1.  William Brigham, age 28, of Montreal, QC, Canada, was killed May 17, 1958, by an ice fall in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Paul Zanet, age 24, of Dorchester, MA, died July 19, 1958, of exposure on the Crawford Path, ¼ mile below the summit.

 

  1.  Judy March, age 17, of Dorchester, MA, died July 19, 1958, of exposure on the Crawford Path, ¼ mile below the summit.

 

  1.  Anthony Amico, age 44, of Springfield, MA, died August 22, 1959, of a heart attack near the top of Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Armand Falardeau, age 42, of Danielson, CT, died June 2, 1962, of exposure on the Clay Loop near the summit of Mt. Clay.

 

  1.  Alfred Dickinson, age 67, of Melrose, MA, died September 12, 1962, of exposure near the summit of Nelson Crag.

 

  1.  Hugo Stadtmueller, age 28, of Cambridge, MA, was killed April 4, 1964, by an avalanche while climbing in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  John Griffin, age 39, of Hanover, MA, was killed April 4, 1964, by an avalanche while climbing in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Remi J. Bourdages, age 38, of Spencer, MA, died May 3, 1964 of a heart attack in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1. and 54.  Daniel E. Doody, age 31, of N. Branford, CT and Craig M. Merrihue, age 31, of Cambridge, MA, were both killed March 14, 1965 after falling several hundred feet from Upper Pinnacle Gully in Huntington Ravine.

 

55.- 62.  Kent Woodward and seven other people were killed September 17, 1967 due to causes indirectly associated with Mt. Washington.

 

63, 64 and 65.  Scott Stevens, age 19, of Cucamunga, CA, Robert Ellenberg, age 19, of New York City, NY, and Charles Yoder, age 24, of Hartford, CT, were all killed January 26, 1969 from a climbing accident in Yale Gully in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Mark Larner, age 16, of Albany, NY, died February 9, 1969, of injuries sustained in a short slide above treeline on Mt. Adams.

 

  1.  Albert R. Tenney, age 62, died in the summer of 1969 of a heart attack between Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster.

 

  1.  Richard Fitzgerald, age 26, of Framingham, MA, died October 12, 1969 of head injuries sustained in a fall in Huntington Ravine.

 

69, 70 and 71.  Paul Ross, age 26, of S. Portland, ME, Kenneth Ward, Jr., age 20 of Augusta, ME, and Cliff Philips, age 25, of Island Pond, VT, all died in a light plane crash on the southwest slope of Boott Spur on November 29, 1969.

 

  1. and 73.  Irene Hennessey, age 47, and her husband, Thomas Hennessey, age 54, died March 21, 1971 in a light plane crash above Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Barbara Palmer, age 46, of West Acton, MA, died april 24, 1971 of exposure while hiking in deep snow near the Cog Railway Base Station.

 

  1.  Betsy Roberts, age 16, of Newton, MA, drowned August 28, 1971 while attempting to cross the Dry River during Tropical Storm Doria.

 

  1.  Geoffrey Bowdoin, 18, of Wayland, MA drowned October 10, 1971 in the Dry River.

 

  1.  Christopher Coyne, age 21, of Greenwich, CT, died ay 17, 1972 of a fall into a crevasse in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Richard Thaler, age 49, of Brookline, MA, died September 23, 1972 of a heart attack while hiking on the King Ravine Trail on Mt. Adams.

 

  1.  Peter Winn, age 16, of Bedford, NH, died April April 21, 1973 died of head injuries sustained in a fall while skiing Left Gully in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1. and 81.  Vernon E. Titcomb, age 56, and his wife, Jean Titcomb, age 53, both of Santa FE, CA, died August 22, 1974 when their light plane crashed above Gray Knob on Mt. Adams during a thunderstorm.

 

  1.  Karl Brushaber, age 37, of Ann Arbor, MI died December 24, 1974 of a skull fracture sustained in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Clayton Rock, age 80, of MA, died October 23, 1975 of a heart attack near Lake of the Clouds Hut.

 

  1.  Marguerite Snyder Cassidy, age 24, of Wolfeboro, NH, died March 26, 1976 from injuries suffered in a fall in Diagonal Gully in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Scott Whinnery, age 25, of Speigeltown, NY, died may 8, 1976 from injuries sustained in a fall on Hillman’s Highway in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Robert Evans, age 22, of Kalamazoo, MI, died July 12, 1976 from injuries received during a fall on the Headwall of Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  David Shoemaker, age 21, of Lexington, MA, died February 14, 1979 from exposure after a fall in Huntington Ravine.
  2.  Paul Flanigan, age 26, of Melrose, MA, died February 14, 1979 from injuries sustained in a fall in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Patrick Kelly, age 24, of Hartford, CT, died August 21, 1980 from a fall on the Headwall of Tuckerman Ravine while scrambling off trail.

 

  1.  Charles Labonte, age 16, of Newton, MA, died October 12, 1980 after a fall into a brook off the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

 

  1.  James Dowd, age 43, of Boston, MA, died October 13, 1980 of a heart attack on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.

 

  1.  Peter Friedman, age 18, of Thomaston, CT died Decmeber 31, 1980 of a fall in Odell Gully while ice climbing in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Myles Coman, age 73, of Wellsville, NY died August 8, 1981 of a stroke on the summit of Mt. Washington.

 

  1.  Albert Dow, age 29, of Tuftonboro, NH died January 25, 1982 in an avalanche on Lion’s Head while searching for two lost climbers.

 

  1.  Kathy Hamann age 25, of Sandy Nook, CT, died March 28, 1982 of head injuries sustained in a fall while climbing in Connection Gully in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  John Fox, age 47, of Shelburne, VT, died May 15, 1982 from a stroke while hiking in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1.  Edward Aalbue, age 21, of Westbury, NY, died January 1, 1983 after a fall while scrambling in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1.  Kenneth Hokenson, age 23, of Scotia, NY, died March 24, 1983 after a sliding fall on the icy summit cone.

 

  1.  Mark Brockman, age 19, of Boston, MA, died March 27, 1983, after a sliding fall on the icy summit cone.

 

  1.  Paula Silva, age 22, of Cambridge, MA, died July 30, 1984, of causes indirectly associated with Mt. Washington.

 

  1.  Ernist Heinsoth, age 88, of Burlington, VT, died August 22, 1984 of a heart attack on the summit.

 

  1. Marjorie E. Frank, age 25, of Randolph MA, committed suicide by asphyxiation on the Valley Way Trail on the way to Mt. Madison on July 21, 1985. Her remains were found nine years later.

 

  1. Basil Goodridge, age 56, of Burlington VT, died March 15, 1986 of a heart attack on the Castle trail on Mt. Jefferson.

 

  1. Robert Jones, age 53, of Bridgton ME, died April 5, 1986 of a heart attack in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1. McDonald Barr, age 52, of Brookline MA, died August 24, 1986, of hypothermia in a summer snowstorm on Mt. Madison.

 

  1. Edwin B. Costa age 39, of Manchester NH, died June 3, 1990, from injuries received in a fall while skiing the Second Gully on the Great Gulf Headwall.

 

107, 108 and 109. Jimmy Fred Jones, age 33, and Stewart Eames, age 27, of Ft. Worth TX and Russell Diedrick, of Bedford TX, died October 2, 1990 when their small plane crashed into the Great Gulf Headwall.

 

  1. Thomas Smith, age 41, of Montpelier, VT, died February 24, 1991, of injuries sustained from a 2000 foot fall in an avalanche at the top of Odell’s Gully, while climbing ice in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Louis Nicholas, age 46, of Rochester NH, died January 22, 1992, of hypothermia while descending from the summit.

 

  1. George Rimini, age 65, of Efland, NC, died August 12, 1992, of a heart attack at the junction of the Lion Head and Alpine Garden Trails.

 

  1. Derek Tinkham, age 20, of Saunderstown RI, died January 15, 1994, of hypothermia on Mt. Jefferson.

 

114 and 115. Eric Lattey, age 28, of River Vale NJ, and Monroe Couper age 40, of Orange, NJ died February 26, 1994, of hypothermia during an emergency bivouac atop Pinnacle Gully in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Cheryl Weingarten, age 21, of Hewlett NY, died May 1, 1994, of injuries sustained in a fall into a snow crevasse on the Tuckerman Ravine Headwall.

 

  1. Sarah Nicholson, age 25, of Portland ME, died June 4, 1994, after being hit by a large piece of falling ice in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1. Ronald Hastings, age 63, of Grantham NH, died October 8, 1994, from cardiac arrest while visiting the summit.

 

  1. Christopher Schneider, age 31, of Pittsfield VT, died March 28, 1995, from injuries sustained in a fall while skiing in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1. Alexandre Cassan, age 19, of Becancour, QC, Canada, died January 5, 1996, from being swept into trees by an avalanche on the abandoned Old Lion Head Winter Route.

 

  1. Donald Cote, age 48, of Haverhill MA, died February 2, 1996, from injuries when he slipped or tripped and fell 350 feet atop Lion Head.

 

  1. Robert Vandel, age 50, of Waterville, ME, died March 2, 1996, of injuries sustained from a 1000 foot fall while climbing in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Nicholas Halpern, age 50, of Lincoln MA, died February 26, 1996, of hypothermia after he lost his way in a storm on Mt. Eisenhower.

 

124 and 125. Todd E. Crumbaker, age 35, of Billerica MA, and John Wald age 35, of Cambridge, MA  died March 24, 1996 in an avalanche while skiing in the Gulf of Slides.

 

  1. Stephen Carmody, age 29, of Danbury CT, died September 27 1997, from a fall into Tuckerman Ravine while descending the Tuckerman Ravine trail in wet weather.

 

  1. John Gringas, age 44, of Meriden CT, died May 29, 1999, from cardiac arrest on the summit.

 

  1. Douglas Thompson, age 66, of Hanover, NH, died October 30, 1999, from cardiac arrest while hiking near the summit of Mt. Madison

 

  1. David McPhedran, age 42, of Kent Hill ME, died February 20, 2000, in an avalanche in the Gulf of Slides.

 

  1. Ned D. Green, age 26, of Warwick MA, died February 18, 2001, from injuries sustained from a 600-foot fall when solo ice climbing Damnation Gully in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Hillary Manion, age 22, of Ottawa ON, Canada, died on June 3, 2001, from a fall onto rocks while skiing The Chute in Tuckerman Ravine.

 

  1. Louise Chaput, age 52, of Sherbrooke QC, Canada, died November 15, 2001, from injuries indirectly associated with Mt. Washington at the bottom of the Glen Boulder Trail.

 

  1. A Boy Scout Troop Leader died from a sudden cardiac arrest on July 22, 2002, 200 feet up from the start of the Crawford Path.

 

  1. Peter Busher, age 71, of Chester Gap, VA, died September 11, 2002, from hypothermia while trying to hike across the Presidential Range on the Gulfside Trail in a freezing rain storm.

 

  1. William Callahan, age 57, of Meansville, GA, died September 29, 2002, from cardiac arrest on the summit.

 

136 and 137. Thomas Burke, age 46, of Springfield NH, and Scott Sandburg, age 32 of Arlington, MA, died November 29, 2002, in an early season avalanche when attempting an ice climb on the Tuckerman Ravine Headwall.

 

  1. Jason Gaumond, age 28, of Southbridge, MA, died January 30, 2004, from a fall in Huntington Ravine while trying to descend the Huntington Ravine Trail.

 

  1. Rob Douglas, age 39, of Vershire, VT, died March 7, 2004, from a fall in Pipeline Gully on Mt. Clay. He fell while attempting to descend an icy ski gully to help a fellow skier who was injured in a fall down the same gully.

 

  1. Jean Moreau, age 50, of Becancour, QC, Canada, died August 4, 2006, from cardiac arrest on the Davis Path near its intersection with the Camel Trail.

 

  1. Peter Roux, age 39, of  Bartlett Tennessee, died when an avalanche swept him off Odell’s Gully ice cliff on January 18th, 2008.  He was solo climbing in Huntington’s Ravine.

 

  1. Peter Shintani, age 70, of Napanee, ONT, Canada, died of hypothermia near the Lion’s Head trail on or about June 9th, 2009.  His body was found July 10th 2009.

 

  1. Paul West, age 65, of Brockton, MA, died (from injuries indirectly associated with Mt Washington) when his motorcycle crashed into a tree near the base of the Auto Road on August 8, 2009.

 

  1. Dr. Wieslaw E. Walczak, age 62, of Bedford, NH, fell to his death while hiking the icy Tuckerman Ravine Headwall on November 21, 2009.

 

  1. Christopher Baillie, age 24, of Forked River, NJ, fell to his death when he went off trail to the top of a waterfall and slipped on the rocks on the Tuckerman Ravine Headwall on July 18, 2010.

 

  1. Patrick Scott Powers, age 46, of Mansfield, MA, died on January 9, 2012, from injuries from an 800 foot fall down Tuckerman Ravine Headwall.

 

  1. Norman Priebatsch, age 67, of  Boston, MA, died on April 1, 2012, from injuries sustained from a fall into a snow crevasse in Tuckerman Ravine. Body recovered in May.

 

  1. Gary Muise, age 57, of Sharon MA, died on August 13, 2012, from cardiac arrest, on Tuckerman Ravine Trail, near the fire road to Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Richard Gabrielle, age 64, of University Park, TX, died on January 26, 2013, from injuries from a fall of 1000 feet in Great Gully on Mt. Adams.

 

  1. James Watts, age 24, of Boise, ID, died on March 3rd, 2013, from injuries from a fall of approx.. 1000 feet in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Luc Paquette, age 25, of Boisbriand Quebec, died on September 19, 2013, from a injuries of a fall of approx.. 150’ in Tuckerman’s Ravine while hiking off trail to get a better look at a waterfall.

 

  1. Dr. Robert Fernandez, age 69 of Kennebunkport, ME, died on  October 12, 2013, from cardiac arrest at the base of Ammonoosuuc Ravine Trail.

 

  1. Gregory Larson, 63, of Bridgton, ME, died August 29, 2014, from cardiac arrest while hiking along the Caps Ridge Trail on Mt. Jefferson.

 

  1. Ekaterina Matrosova, age 32, of New York, NY, died February 16, 2015, of hypothermia and exposure during a severe winter storm near the Star Lake Trail on Mount Adams.

 

  1. Vernon R. Rippeon, age 51, of Westminster, MD, died June 21, 2015, from cardiac arrest one and a half miles up the Crawford Path. Rippeon was one of four Boy Scout leaders taking their troop on a five day hike through the presidential range.

 

  1. Timothy Hallock, age 54, of Orient, NY, was found dead just below tree line on the Castle Ravine Trail by two passing hikers on February 28, 2016. Autopsy results show he perished from hypothermia.

 

  1. Francois Carrier, age 47, of Drummondville, Quebec, was last seen walking on the Auto Road on May 9, 2016 and was reported missing on May 12th.  His body was found off of the Lion’s Head Trail near the Alpine Garden Trail by two passing hikers on May28, 2016. Cause of death was determined by autopsy to be environmental hypothermia.

 

  1. Greg Auriemma, age 63, of Brick, New Jersey, was found dead July 20th, 2017 by Appalachian Mountain Club work crews in the Dry River Wilderness. He was last seen in Conway on June 24.  He had been expected home July 5th and was reported missing.

 

  1. Rolf Diamon, age 66, of Windham, ME, died September 16th 2017 on the Lion Head Trail, due to an unknown medical condition.

 

  1. Jeremy Felix P. Ullman, age 37, of Somerville, MA, died on February 10th, 2019, from a fall in Huntington Ravine.

 

  1. Nicholas Benedix, age 32, of Campton, NH, died on April 11, 2019, as a result from trauma in an avalanche in the Raymond’s Cataract area northeast of Tuckerman Ravine. Benedix was skiing alone when he was buried one meter deep for 1.5 to 2 hours before he was dug out. Cardiac arrest followed and CPR was administered before Bendix died.
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