An endurance hike sponsored by the Endurance Society took place Saturday through Sunday over 50 miles along the Long Trail with no extended breaks for sleeping. On Sunday morning, three hikers became separated from the group between Puffer & Taylor Lodges. The event sponsors called 911 to inform authorities of the issue.
The man traveling alone, arrived at Taylor Lodge without incident. The two participants that were still separated were reporting difficulties. The man was in good condition, but the woman was extremely fatigued and was low on water and cold. Due to the weather conditions (high winds, driving rain, poor visibility and mountain temperatures in the 30's) and the two separated hikers, the event was terminated early at Taylor Lodge. Participants able to assist with the missing hikers stayed at Taylor Lodge and the balance of participates self evacuated down the Lake Mansfield trail to awaiting support vehicles. Also staged at Taylor Lodge were "fresh" event support personnel.
The woman was reported to be non-cooperative, argumentative and disorientated. Due to concerns that she was developing moderate hypothermia and could require a litter evacuation, a litter team was deployed from Stowe Mountain Rescue. Additional resources from Vermont State Police, Colchester Technical Rescue and Waterbury Backcountry Rescue were requested to support a potential litter carry.
The woman arrived at Taylor Lodge around 4:00 pm. She was cold and exhausted, but was walking on her own. She given a medical examination and was given warm liquids, additional dry layers. She was then slowly walked to the trailhead by the rescuers. She experienced difficulties during the hike out, saying that she was disoriented and complained of hallucinations, but she did not require a litter evacuation. She was then transferred to the care of Stowe Rescue and transported to Copley Hospital.
|Team Members Responding||Other Agencies Responding||Time of Call||Weather Conditions|
|Eykelhoff, Govoni, Miller, Reinhardt, Rogers, Ruschp, Speer, Veliko, Westervelt
|Stowe Rescue, Stowe Police, Vermont State Police, Colchester Technical Rescue, Waterbury Backcountry Rescue||10:00 - 18:30||Driving rain, high winds, temps in 30's|