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Hiker Dies in Fall in White Mountains

Climbing NH's King's Ravine

A Texas man fell to his death on Saturday while hiking New Hampshire's King's Ravine, according to officials from the state's Fish and Game Department.

Richard Gabriele, 64, was hiking with six companions near Mount Adams when he slipped on a patch of snow and slid 1,500 feet down the mountainside, dying at the scene.

Warm conditions earlier this month followed by bitter cold have created a hard and slick snowpack, which authorities say contributed to the accident.

"It's bulletproof out there," Rick Wilcox, owner of International Mountain Equipment, told the Conway Daily Sun. Snow routes up high have "the no fall shine."

Authorities say the seven hikers, who came from Maine and Texas, were all experienced and properly equipped.

Via WMUR News 9

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