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Hiker dies after falling 300 feet off a cliff while taking photos with his wife on top of a mountain in New Hampshire


Hiker dies after falling off cliff in New Hampshire

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Authorities said a hiker fell 300 feet to his death after falling off a cliff at the summit of Mount Willard in Crawford Notch. New Hampshire Fish and Game said the hiker and his wife were taking photographs late Saturday morning before she called her husband, and saw him fall over the edge of a cliff.

Officials said Mountain Rescue Service technicians had to rappel in icy conditions to get the climber’s body off the cliff face and it took hours to get the body to the trailhead parking lot.

State officials did not immediately release the name of the victim or the spouse.

With an elevation of approximately 2,865 feet, Mount Willard is at the center of Crawford Notch, and its summit provides a spectacular view of the area.

This is at least the second death on Mount Willard this year. In February, an ice climber fell and died while climbing the mountain.

It also marks at least the third hiking fatality in New Hampshire in the past six months. In August, a hiker descending Cannon Mountain died after slipping and fall off a barne, and in june, a the man died After recovering from wet and cold conditions while hiking through the White Mountain Range.

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Leaves begin to change color in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch Friday, October 7, 2016, in Carroll, NH

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