Rain squalls that blew into the Franconia Range on 70 mph winds caught several hiking parties unprepared Saturday, prompting those who assist hikers to remind people to be prepared for anything, even if it appears to be a nice summer day.
Fish and Game conservation officer Sam Sprague said yesterday that there were no injuries in the aftermath of the wind and rains, but there were some anxious hours.
“When the squalls came in, there were a number of people separated from their groups or who were overdue,” he said. “Most were able to self-recover, but we talked several people back to their groups.”
Most of those affected were along the Franconia Ridge around Mount Lafayette, which is exposed when the west winds blow.