The high White Mountains of New Hampshire have claimed yet another human life recently, and it's only by pure luck that more people weren't killed.
Richard Gabriele, 64, of University Park, Texas, who was described as an experienced hiker, was climbing with friends in the King Ravine area of Mount Adams, when he fell to his death Jan. 26 at about 1 p.m.
Gabriele, who was hiking with six companions, lost his footing and slid several hundred yards on hard-packed snow and ice. All six were apparently well equipped for winter hiking. Searchers reached the scene about 3:30 and later recovered the body.
That was the second incident in a week. On Jan. 17, four roped teams of three climbers made their way close to the top of Central Gully in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington.
Apparently, the highest of the four roped teams triggered a small avalanche which swept the other three teams off their feet and down the 45-50 degree slope.
Three people ended up in hospitals. For more details, go to www.mountwashingtonavalancecenter.org and read the update for 1-18-13. For an overview of the incident, read www.concordmonitor.com/home/3990079-95/climbers-avalance-ravine-monitor.