Man Plummets To Death While Hiking In Crawford Notch State Park With Wife

Hiking trails in and around forest. This image does not depict the incident mentioned in story. [Shutterstock Nicola Patterson]

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A hiker fell off the summit of Mt. Willard on Saturday in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch State Park.

The hiker’s wife heard him shout, so she looked over and saw him falling off the mountain down a cliff that extended about 800 feet to the bottom, according to a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department press release. She called 911 for help because the terrain was too steep and icy. (RELATED: ‘Life Isn’t Worth Losing For A Cool Instagram Picture’: NYC Man Rescued Twice In As Many Days While Hiking In Arizona)

Conservation officers and Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) members arrived and descended down the cliff and found the man’s body at about 2:30 p.m., 300 feet below the summit. The MRS members carried him to the Mt. Willard trailhead parking area, where they arrived at about 6:45 p.m.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department identified the man Monday as Joseph V. Eggleston, age 53, from Randolph, New Hampshire. Eggleston and his wife have been longtime residents of New Hampshire and, as frequent hikers, they were reportedly well prepared for the trail and weather conditions.

“They were equipped with the essential equipment to include traction devices on their boots for the frozen and icy trail,” the update states.