Mountain hiker Xi Chen dies after being rescued in snow, 80mph gusts of wind


LANCASTER, NH – A hiker who suffered from severe hypothermia on a New Hampshire trail near Mount Washington died in a hospital hours after rescuers faced driving rain, blowing snow and winds blowing more than 80 mph to reach it, conservation officers said.

The hiker was rescued from Gulfside Trail on Saturday night. Xi Chen, 53, of Andover, Massachusetts, was overwhelmed by extreme weather conditions.

Rescuers carried Xi Chen a mile to the top of Mount Washington
NH Fish and Game Law Enforcement

Fish and Game Department officers said they heard from his wife, who said she received a text message from Chen saying he was cold and wet and could not continue. “He further wrote that he believed he would die without relief,” the department said in a news release.

Conservation officers received several calls for help that day from hikers who were on high-altitude peaks and ridges in the Presidential Range.

“Conditions at the high peaks were dangerous,” the press release said.

Rescuers carried Chen a mile to the summit of Mount Washington, where he was placed on a truck and driven down the mountain’s auto road to a hospital in Berlin. He could not be revived after several hours of life-saving efforts, according to the press release.


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