Maine hiker spends night on NH peak

Posted Jan. 16, 2010, at 2:41 p.m.

BENTON, N.H. — New Hampshire authorities say a Maine man who spent the night stuck on Mount Moosilauke in frigid temperatures and high winds did a good job staying safe.

Sixty-four-year-old Richard Barrie of Kittery had planned a day hike to the mountain’s summit but got lost in whiteout conditions on his way down Friday afternoon. While his friends and Fish and Game officials searched for him during the evening, Barrie built a snow cave and hunkered down for the night.

Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus says crews were preparing to head out again Saturday morning when Barrie made his own way off the mountain unharmed. He says Barrie had appropriate skills and gear and had left an itinerary with friends, which all contributed to the safe outcome.

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