List of people who died on the Presidential Range

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The Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire consist of a series of mountains whose maximum elevation (the summit of Mount Washington) reaches 6,288 feet (1,917 m). This range represents some of the highest mountains in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Fatalities in this area are dominated by those that occur on Mount Washington, the highest peak in the range. It is notorious for its unpredictable and inclement weather, making it one of the deadliest mountains in the continental United States. Due to its unique location relative to other geographic features, it holds the world record for highest recorded surface wind speed not within a tropical cyclone. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conducts an average of 180 rescues a year for hikers in need of assistance.[1]

Fatalities[edit]

The following table lists all known fatalities and missing persons within the Presidential Range. Many fatalities occur during spring, autumn and winter, particularly when the weather in the surrounding lower elevations is slightly above average for the season.

Name Date Age State or country of origin Cause of death Location Mountain Ref
Frederick Strickland October 19, 1849 29  United Kingdom Hypothermia Clay Brook Mount Washington [2][3]
Lizzie Bourne September 13, 1855 23  Maine Hypothermia Summit Mount Washington [4][3]
Benjamin Chandler August 7, 1856 75  Delaware Hypothermia Summit Mount Washington [5][3]
J.M. Thompson October 4, 1869  New Hampshire Drowning Peabody River [5][3]
William Stevens February 26, 1872 Natural Causes Summit Mount Washington [3]
William Seely July 3, 1873 29  New York Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [5]
Harry W. Hunter September 3, 1874 21  Pennsylvania Hypothermia [3]
Ira Chichester July 3, 1880  Michigan Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [5]
Sewall Faunce July 24, 1886 15  Massachusetts Falling snow arch Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3][5]
Ewald Weiss August 24, 1890 24  Germany Missing Mount Washington [3]
William Buckingham Curtis June 30, 1900 63  New York Hypothermia Lakes of the Clouds Mount Washington [6][3]
Allan Ormsbee June 30, 1900 28  New York Hypothermia Summit Mount Washington [6][3]
Alexandre Cusick August 23, 1900  Vermont Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [5]
John Keenan September 18, 1912 18  Massachusetts Missing Summit Mount Washington [6][3]
Harry Clauson August 5, 1919 19  Massachusetts Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [7]
Jack Lonigan August 5, 1919 21  Massachusetts Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [7]
Harriman November 1927 Drowning Jefferson Brook [6][3]
Elmer Lyman April, 1928  New Hampshire Hypothermia Pinkham Notch Mount Washington [6][3]
Herbert J. Young December 1, 1928 18  Missouri Hypothermia Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Mount Washington [6][3]
Daniel Rossiter July 20, 1929  Massachusetts Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [8]
Oysten Kladstad July 30, 1929  New York Drowning Dry River [6][3]
Henry B. Bigelow Jr. September 18, 1931 19  Massachusetts Falling ice Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Ernest W. McAdams January 31, 1932 22  Massachusetts Hypothermia Mount Washington [3]
Joseph B. Chadwick January 31, 1932 22  Massachusetts Hypothermia Mount Washington [3]
Simon Joseph June 18, 1933 19  Massachusetts Hypothermia Old Crawford Path Mount Washington [3]
Rupert Marden November 11, 1933 21  Massachusetts Hypothermia Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Jerome R. Pierce September 9, 1934 17  Vermont Drowning Peabody River [6][3]
John W. Fowler April 1, 1936 19  New York Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Grace Sturgess May 23, 1936 24  Massachusetts Falling ice Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Harry A. Wheeler July 4, 1937 55  Massachusetts Heart Attack Cape Ridge Trail Mount Jefferson [6][3]
Joseph Caggiano August 24, 1938 17  New York Hypothermia Gulfside Trail Mount Adams [6][3]
Edwin McIntire June 9, 1940 19  New Jersey Fall into a crevasse Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Louis Carl Haberland October 13, 1941 27  Massachusetts Hypothermia Caps Ridge Trail Mount Jefferson [6][3]
John Neal April 7, 1943  Massachusetts Injury while skiing the Little Headwall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Phyllis Wilbur June 3, 1948 16  Maine Injuries sustained from fall while skiing Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Paul Schiller May 1, 1949  Massachusetts Fall while skiing on Headwall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Tor Staver February 2, 1952  Norway Injuries sustained from fall while skiing Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Raymond Davis August 23, 1952 50  Massachusetts Hypothermia after collapse due to illness Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Philip Longnecker January 31, 1954 25  Ohio Avalanche / Hypothermia Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Jacques Parysko January 31, 1954 23  Massachusetts Avalanche / Hypothermia Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Aaron Leve February 19, 1956 28  Canada / Massachusetts Avalanche Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Thomas Flint June 2, 1956 21  Massachusetts Fall Mount Madison [6][3]
John J. Ochab September 1, 1956 37  New Jersey Fall Mount Clay [6][3]
William Brigham May 17, 1958 28  Quebec Falling ice Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Paul Zanet July 19, 1958 24  Massachusetts Hypothermia Crawford Path Mount Washington [6][3]
Judy March July 19, 1958 17  Massachusetts Hypothermia Crawford Path Mount Washington [6][3]
Anthony Amico August 22, 1959 44  Massachusetts Heart Attack Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Armand Falardeau June 2, 1962 42  Connecticut Hypothermia Mount Clay [6][3]
Alfred K. Dickinson September 12, 1962 67  Massachusetts Hypothermia Nelson Crag Mount Washington [3]
Hugo Stadtmueller April 4, 1964 28  Massachusetts Avalanche Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
John Griffin April 4, 1964 39  Massachusetts Avalanche Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Remi J. Bourdages May 3, 1964 38  Massachusetts Heart Attack Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Daniel Doody March 14, 1965 31  Connecticut Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Craig Merrihue March 14, 1965 32  Massachusetts Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Eric Davies September 6, 1967 7  New Hampshire Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Mary Frank September 6, 1967 38  Michigan Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Monica Gross September 6, 1967 2  Massachusetts Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Shirley Zorzy September 6, 1967 22  Massachusetts Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Beverly Richmond September 6, 1967 15  Connecticut Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Kent Woodard September 6, 1967 9  New Hampshire Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Charles Usher September 6, 1967 55  New Hampshire Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Mrs. Charles Usher September 6, 1967 56  New Hampshire Accident Cog Railway Mount Washington [9]
Scott Stevens January 26, 1969 19  California Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Robert Ellenberg January 26, 1969 19  New York Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Charles Yoder January 26, 1969 24  Wisconsin Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [6][3]
Mark Larner February 9, 1969 17  New York Fall Mount Adams [10][3]
Albert R. Tenney 1969 62 Natural Causes Crawford Path Mount Jackson [3]
Richard Fitzgerald October 12, 1969 26  Massachusetts Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Paul Ross November 29, 1969 26  Maine Plane crash Boott Spur Mount Washington [9]
Kenneth Ward November 29, 1969 20  Maine Plane crash Boott Spur Mount Washington [9]
Cliff Phillips November 29, 1969 26  Vermont Plane crash Boott Spur Mount Washington [9]
Irene Hennessey March 21, 1971 47 Plane crash Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [9]
Thomas Hennessey March 21, 1971 54 Plane crash Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [9]
Barbara Palmer April 24, 1971 47  Massachusetts Hypothermia Cog Railway Mount Washington [10][3]
Betsy Roberts August 28, 1971 16  Massachusetts Drowning Dry River [10][3]
Geoffrey Bowdoin October 10, 1971 18  Massachusetts Drowning Dry River [10][3]
Christopher Coyne May 17, 1972 21  Connecticut Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Richard Thaler September 23, 1972 49  Massachusetts Heart Attack Mount Adams [10][3]
Peter Winn April 21, 1973 16  New Hampshire Fall while skiing Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Vernon Titcomb August 22, 1974 56  California Plane crash Mount Adams [11]
John Titcomb August 22, 1974 53  California Plane crash Mount Adams [11]
Karl Brushaber December 23, 1974 37  Michigan Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Clayton Rock October 23, 1975 80  Massachusetts Heart Attack Lakes of the Clouds Mount Washington [10][3]
Margaret Cassidy March 26, 1976 24  New Hampshire Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Scott Whinnery May 8, 1976 25  New York Fall in Hillman's Highway Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Robert Evans July 12, 1976 22  Michigan Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
David Shoemaker February 14, 1979 21  Massachusetts Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Paul Flanigan February 14, 1979 26  Massachusetts Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Gary Saad August 6, 1979 26  Connecticut Fall [3]
Patrick Kelly August 21, 1980 24  Connecticut Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Charles LaBonte October 12, 1980 16  Massachusetts Fall Ammonoosuc Trail Mount Washington [10][3]
James Dowd October 13, 1980 43  Massachusetts Heart Attack Tuckerman Ravine Trail Mount Washington [10][3]
Peter Friedman December 31, 1980 18  Connecticut Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Myles Coleman August 8, 1981 73  New York Stroke Summit Mount Washington [10][3]
Albert Dow January 25, 1982 28  New Hampshire Avalanche Lion Head Trail Mount Washington [12][3]
Kathy Hamann March 28, 1982 25  Connecticut Fall while climbing ravine Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
John Fox May 15, 1982 47  Vermont Stroke Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Edward Aalbue January 1, 1983 21  New York Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Kenneth Hokenson March 24, 1983 23  New York Fall Raymond Cataract Mount Washington [13][3]
Mark Brockman March 27, 1983 19  Massachusetts Fall Tuckerman Ravine Trail Mount Washington [14][3]
Paul Silva July 30, 1984 22  Massachusetts Automobile crash Mount Washington Road Mount Washington [15]
Ernst Heinsoth August 22, 1984 88  Vermont Heart Attack Summit Mount Washington [10][3]
Marjorie E. Frank July 21, 1985 25  Massachusetts Suicide Valley Way Trail Mount Madison [15]
Basil Goodridge March 15, 1986 56  Vermont Heart Attack Tuckerman Ravine Trail Mount Washington [3][15]
Robert Jones April 5, 1986 53  Maine Heart Attack Tuckerman Ravine Trail Mount Washington [10][3]
McDonald Barr August 24, 1986 52  Massachusetts Hypothermia Mount Madison [10][3]
Edwin B. Costa June 3, 1990 39  New Hampshire Fall Great Gulf Mount Washington [10][3]
Jimmy Jones October 2, 1990 34  Texas Plane crash [15]
Russell Diedrick October 2, 1990 24  Texas Plane crash [15]
Stewart Eames October 2, 1990 27  Texas Plane crash [15]
Thomas Smith February 24, 1991 41  Vermont Avalanche Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [10][3]
Louis Nichols January 27, 1992 46  New Hampshire Hypothermia Cog Railway Mount Washington [10][3]
George Rimini August 12, 1992 65  North Carolina Heart Attack Alpine Garden Mount Washington [10][3]
Derek Tinkham January 15, 1994 20  Rhode Island Hypothermia Summit Mount Jefferson [10][3]
Monroe Couper February 26, 1994 27  New Jersey Hypothermia Alpine Garden Mount Washington [10][3]
Erick Lattey February 26, 1994 40  New Jersey Hypothermia Alpine Garden Mount Washington [10][3]
Cheryl Weingarten May 1, 1994 22  New York Fall into a crevasse while sliding Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [16][3]
Sarah Nicholson June 4, 1994 25  Maine Falling ice Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Ronald Hastings October 8, 1994 63  New Hampshire Natural Causes Summit Mount Washington [3]
Christopher Schneider March 28, 1995 31  Vermont Fall while skiing in Hillman's Highway Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Alexandre Cassan January 5, 1996 19  Quebec Avalanche Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3][17]
Donald Cote February 2, 1996 48  Massachusetts Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Nicholas Halpern February 25, 1996 50  Massachusetts Hypothermia Mount Eisenhower [3]
Robert Vandel March 2, 1996 50  Maine Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Todd Crumbaker March 24, 1996 35  Massachusetts Avalanche Gulf of Slides Mount Washington [3]
John Wald March 24, 1996 35  Massachusetts Avalanche Gulf of Slides Mount Washington [3]
Stephen Carmody September 27, 1997 29  Connecticut Fall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
John Gringas May 29, 1999 44  Connecticut Natural Causes [3]
Douglas Thompson October 30, 1999 66  New Hampshire Natural Causes Summit Mount Madison [3]
David McPhedran February 20, 2000 42  Maine Avalanche Gulf of Slides Mount Washington [3]
Ned Green February 18, 2001 26  New Hampshire Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Hillary Manion June 3, 2001 22  Ontario Fall while skiing in The Chute Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Peter Busher September 11, 2002 71  Virginia Hypothermia Mount Madison [3]
William Callahan September 29, 2002 57  Georgia Natural Causes [3]
Scott Sandburg November 29, 2002 32  Massachusetts Avalanche Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [18][3]
Thomas Burke November 29, 2002 46  New Hampshire Avalanche Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [18][3]
Jason Gaumond January 27, 2004 28  Massachusetts Fall Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Rob Douglas March 7, 2004 39  Vermont Fall Great Gulf Mount Clay [3]
Jean Moreau August 4, 2006 50  Quebec Natural Causes Davis Path Mount Washington [3][19]
Kevin Race September 9, 2007 46  Maine Missing Hermit Lake Mount Washington [3]
Peter Roux January 18, 2008 39  Tennessee Avalanche Huntington Ravine Mount Washington [20][3]
Peter Shintani June 9, 2009 70  Ontario Hypothermia Lion Head Trail Mount Washington [21][3]
Wieslaw Walczak November 21, 2009 62  New Hampshire Fall off the Headwall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [3]
Christopher Baillie July 18, 2010 24  New Jersey Fall off the Headwall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [22]
Patrick Scott Powers January 9, 2012 46  Massachusetts Fall off the Headwall Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [22]
Norman Priebatsch April 1, 2012 67  Massachusetts Fall into a crevasse Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [22]
Luc Paquette September 19, 2013 25  Quebec Fall Tuckerman Ravine Trail Mount Washington [23]
Kate Matrosova February 15, 2015 32  New York Hypothermia Star Lake Trail Mount Adams [24]
Tim Hallock February 28, 2016 54  New York Castle Ravine Trail Mount Jefferson [25]
Francois Carrier May 9, 2016 47  Quebec Tuckerman Ravine Mount Washington [26]
Rick Libby October 15, 2016 62  New Hampshire Natural Causes Caps Ridge Trail Mount Jefferson [27]
Rolf Diamon September 16, 2017 66  Maine Natural Causes Lion Head Trail Mount Washington [28]

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