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Franconia Notch

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New Hampshire officials say a climber died when a tumbling boulder severed his rope, causing him to fall 150 feet while climbing on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park.

Several people saw the climber fall on Sunday, but the man's body couldn't be recovered until Monday.

Officials identified the climber 34-year-old Benjamin Kessel, of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Officials say Kessel was climbing up the cliff when a rock the size of a refrigerator dislodged and sliced his rope.

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New Hampshire authorities say a rock climber fell about 50 feet in the Franconia Notch area Sunday and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Conservation officers say a 20-year-old man was climbing on the Cannon Cliffs when he fell. The climber was unconscious and stuck on a ledge just halfway up the cliff.

A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew worked with rescuers to lower a medic 160 feet to the injured climber, who was hoisted into the helicopter.

The helicopter took the man to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.

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Officials with the state parks department presented plans for a new Franconia Notch trail Thursday. 

The trail would begin near an existing viewing plaza, dedicated to the iconic, now-fallen, rock formation known as the Old Man of the Mountain.

Lupines Bokeh
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Communities around New Hampshire's Franconia Notch are holding their 21st annual Celebration of Lupines.  Though the festival focuses on the spiky purple wildflowers that grow in abundance across the region, flowers are just part of the event, which takes place throughout the month of June.  This weekend incudes an open-air market in Sugar Hill. There will be more than 50 vendors and booth displays featuring local crafters, artisans, nonprofit groups and small businesses.

A lost Massachusetts hiker was rescued Thursday afternoon after spending a bitterly cold night in the White Mountains.

Sean Hurley

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families. 

I'm only at Copper Cannon Camp for 30 seconds when Zach and Rob, two eleven year old boys, spot my recorder and come racing over.

The motorcyclist killed Thursday morning in the Franconia Notch has been identified as Robin Staines, 47, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, according to state police.

Staines was traveling north on the two-lane section of I-93, failed to make the turn at the entrance of the former parking area for the Old Man of the Mountain.

He was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and was not wearing a helmet.

Passersby gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived but he died of his injuries at Littleton Regional Hospital.

Snow Squalls, Accidents In North Country

Nov 29, 2012

A series of snow squalls hit parts of the North Country early Thursday night, causing a series of accidents including one that temporarily closed northbound Interstate 93 in Franconia.

The Franconia crash happened just after 6 p.m. and involved a tractor trailer. It happened just north of the Franconia Notch. The impact broke the tractor away from its cargo-carrying trailer.

The driver was thrown from the cab and taken to Littleton Regional Hospital.

Vermont Man Dies in Kayaking Accident

Sep 19, 2012

A kayaking accident has taken a life in the North Country. NHPR's Chris Jensen reports.

A Vermont kayaker in his mid-20’s died Wednesday in an accident in the Franconia State Park, says Lincoln Police Chief Theodore Smith.

Smith said the man was kayaking with two companions on the West Branch of the Pemigewasset River.

The trio – described by Smith as experienced kayakers – were in a steep and narrow gorge near the Pine Sentinel Bridge.