Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team was called out to help an injured hiker on Camel’s Hump.
According to rescue personnel, the Connecticut hiker, who had “significant backpacking experience,” was near the 4,081-foot summit on the most difficult trail on the mountain. His leg was injured, and he had decided to make camp on a ridge the night before. The next morning, his injury had worsened, so he called for help.
The Waterbury team called for mutual aid from Stowe Mountain Rescue, Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, Huntington Fire Department, Camels Hump Backcountry Rescue Team and Mad River Rescue. A total of 14 rescuers responded.
Shortly before 10 a.m., the first rescuers reached the hiker and found he could walk safely downhill with assistance. The rescuers and their patient descended to a point where an ATV could be used to transport everyone to the base of the Duxbury trails.
The rescue was completed shortly before noon, and the hiker got a ride to his car.