A storm that hit the Franconia Ridge this past weekend stranded two New Hampshire Hikers overnight forcing helicopter search teams to rescue them from the icy conditions. 36 year old James Osborne and his climbing partner, 55 year old Laurence “Fred” Frederickson, were half way across the two mile ridge on a day hike when a horrible storm swooped in with wind gusts of up to 75 m/h. The storm stranded the men at roughly 4,700 feet overnight. The next morning the men attempted to head down off of the ridge.
Fatigue, however, got the most of the hikers and both ended up face down in the snow and unconscious. This was how the Army National Guard helicopters found them at roughly 7:30pm. Osborne was rushed to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and treated for hypothermia. Fredrickson died of hypothermia by the time the helicopters took him off the mountain.