Hiker rescued on Monument Mountain on Friday


GREAT BARRINGTON >> Emergency workers rescued a hiker on Monument Mountain who had broken her ankle late Friday morning.

The 22-year-old woman from Egremont was injured on the Devil's Pulpit section of the trail, according to Fire Chief Charles Burger. Burger said the woman was hiking on a particularly steep section of the trail at the time.

"We had to use a ropes system to get her down from the trail because it's so steep," Burger said. "Then we got her down to a four-wheeler."

The four-wheeler was provided by responding Sheffield Fire Department, which provided backup for Great Barrington.

Southern Berkshire Ambulance was on scene to transport the woman to Berkshire Medical Center. Western Massachusetts Rescue was at the trailhead to assist as well, said County Coordinator and Dalton Fire Chief Gerry Cahalan.

The emergency call came in at 11:21 a.m., Burger said. The operation was concluded by 1:45 p.m.

The hiker's dog was brought home by her parents.

In an unrelated coincidence, Friday marked the 166th anniversary of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous meeting on the mountain that began a lifelong friendship.

Monument Mountain is located west of Route 7 in Great Barrington.


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