Two climbers — one injured in a 30-foot tumble, the other beyond his experience level — were rescued from White Horse Ledge in North Conway yesterday, a state official said.
The North Conway Fire and Rescue Department and five members from Mountain Rescue Service participated in the effort, said Brian Abrams, a conservation officer with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Abrams said trouble started when the two climbers from Westford, Mass., were about 500 feet up the cliff. Michael Grumach, 35, slipped about 15 feet above his last anchor, meaning he fell 30 feet, Abrams said.
He jammed his left ankle and could not put weight on it. His companion, Ronald Groulx, 37, realized he was beyond his abilities and used his cellular telephone to call for help.
The rescuers formed two groups, to reach each climber. Abrams said Grumach was injured at 4:20 p.m.; everyone was off the cliff by 6:50 p.m. Grumach was transported to Conway Memorial Hospital for treatment to his ankle.
Abrams said the climbers were about 200 feet from their destination, but in a very difficult spot.