Sick hiker assisted off Mount Success

SUCCESS — Rescuers assisted an ill hiker stricken while hiking on Mount Success Tuesday down to the trailhead to be taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

Fish and Game said a group of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers came upon Eryc Christofes, 55, of Grantville, Penn., near the summit of Mount Success. Christofes was section hiking the portion of the AT when he was struck by an undisclosed illness. Gorham police dispatch was notified at approximately 4 p.m. and the thru hikers stayed with Christofes, giving him liquids and support.

A rescue effort was initiated with members of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue and Fish and Game conservation officers hiking in via the Success Trail off of Success Pond Road, which is the closest access point to Mount Success.

Before the rescue team got underway, the hikers called back and reported Christofes had recovered enough to hike down to the junction of the Mahoosuc and Success Trails, a 1.3-mile section of trail. The hikers called shortly before 6 p.m. to report Christofes had reached the junction and would be continuing down. Minutes later, the first rescuer had reached Christofes about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The ill hiker was given a medical assessment on the trail and was able to hike out on his own after he was given more fluids and allowed to rest.

The team and Christofes made it to the trailhead at about 8 p.m. and he was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation.