Essex woman injured while hiking in the White Mountains, swept away on 2-mile track



After summiting South Moat Mountain, the hiker slipped and injured her ankle.

Hiking in New Hampshire is known for its roots and rocks, which can cause injuries like the one suffered by Jennifer Parkos. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

An Essex woman was rescued after injuring her ankle on a trail in New Hampshire on Friday.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m., according to a statement from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The hiker, Jennifer Parkos, 58, and a companion had just summited South Moat Mountain in Albany, NH Returning to the trail, Parkos slipped and fell, causing an ankle injury. After Parkos and the other hiker realized she couldn’t continue on the trail, they called 911, the statement said.

Conservation officers from the Fish and Game Department, members of the Lakes Region Search and Rescue (LRSAR) team and medical students from Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) responded to the scene. Conway-based SOLO is known to be the oldest and one of the most respected wilderness medical schools in the country.

Responders assessed and stabilized Parkos before placing her on a litter for transport. They hauled her about two miles and arrived at the trailhead parking lot at 7:30 p.m., the statement said.

Parkos is an avid hiker who frequents the mountains of New Hampshire, according to the department.

She had purchased a Hike Safe card, which is sold by the department at $25 per person or $35 per family. Those with a card are generally not required to reimburse rescue costs if needed, according to the ministry’s website. Money from the sale of Hike Safe cards supports Fish and Game search and rescue activities as well as training.


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