Monadnock hiker in hospital after fall

Dehydrated Mass. man hit head while climbing Monadnock, state park officials say

A hiker from Salem, Mass., remains at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after falling while descending Mount Monadnock’s White Cross Trail late Saturday evening.

Scott Murciak, 34, was hiking with his husband and a friend when he fell in the “Boulder Field,” about half way down the White Cross Trail, while he was coming down the mountain.

“The hiker was dehydrated, fell, and hit his head. He was unable to walk,” said Conservation Officer William Boudreau on Monday. According to Boudreau, four park rangers, four Jaffrey firefighters, and three Fish and Game officers were involved in the rescue effort, which began after one of Murchiak’s companions called 911 at about 8:24 p.m.

The caller reported that Murciak was having a serious medical issue, according to a press release issued Sunday by the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Rangers reached the trio of hikers at 10:15 p.m.

The White Cross Trail, which is 1.9 miles long, is the shortest, most direct and steepest route up the mountain from Monadnock Park Headquarters, according to the state parks website.

“The beginning of the carry-out was tough, he fell right before one of the steepest portions of the trail,” said Boudreau.

While transporting Murciak down the mountain, Jaffrey firefighters and DRED Mountain Patrol Rangers provided medical attention. They were assisted on the carry-out by two unaffiliated couples who were hiking, according to Boudreau.

Rescuers reached park headquarters at 1:50 a.m. Sunday. Murciak was taken by the Jaffrey/Rindge Memorial Ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

According to Monadnock Community Hospital officials, Murciak was treated and transferred to Mass General hospital Sunday morning.

Mass General officials confirmed Monday morning that Murciak was still at their facility, where he was continuing to receive treatment for his injuries.

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or dfisher@ledgertranscript.com.

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