At about 2 p.m. Friday, seven hours into the hike at Franconia Notch, Dan Cashman lost his two friends in the snow. As he tried to catch up to them, he misstepped and fell 200 feet off the trail.
"I rolled like a snowball. I couldn't stop myself," Cashman said.
"It was probably the longest 20 hours of my life. I was just kind of numb," Cashman said.
Cashman used a silver "heat blanket" to try and keep warm in 10-degree temperatures and snow. He had food and water, but no map, and his legs were exhausted.
"Every time I wanted to stop I said, 'No. I have family to go to.' That kept me going all night long," Cashman said.
After 26 hours on his own, he was rescued and immediately called his wife.
One thing he didn't have was a map, which he vows to take with him next year.
It turns out he wandered 11 miles from the place he lost his two friends.
Cashman said that he lost 11pounds during his extra-long hike.