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Rescue at Camel's Hump

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WATERBURY, Vt. -

An afternoon rescue Wednesday, headed late into the night on Camel's Hump. Officials say treacherous conditions at the top of the mountain and the miles of ground to cover added hours onto the total rescue time.

The sun was shining and temps soared on Camel's Hump Wednesday as hikers made their way down the trail. Yale student Mariah Gill says the first part of the trail was in good condition, but toward the top it was a bit more treacherous.

"Once you get to sort of the shaded area, there's some ice on the trail. And then after the top we came down this, which is Monroe side, and it was really icy coming down,” Gill said.

Gill says her group of friends were making their way down the mountain late in the afternoon when she came across two hikers.

“I came across a couple and the woman was sitting down. I believe it was her husband was behind her, sort of holding her, and she had a tear in her pants. And they both looked at me like I was a savior, and then their faces just fell when they realized I wasn't a paramedic,” said Gill.

Gill says the pair had already called for help, but paramedics had to trek miles up the mountain just to reach her. Rescuers headed up the trail said the woman likely fell on the ice and injured her hip. Given the slippery conditions and long hike down with a stretcher, authorities estimated it would take several hours to get her back safely.

"The challenge really at this time of the year is that there is still snow and ice up there, so the trails are extremely slippery and treacherous in places,” said Vermont Search and Rescue coordinator Neil Van Dyke.

Officials say state trails are closed until Memorial Day, and they urge hikers to hold off heading up the mountain until then.

“Above about 2,500 feet there's still a considerable amount of snow and even ice in places. And we've had a number of incidents over the past week where people have really gotten in trouble being ill prepared for the conditions that they are going to find at higher elevations,” Vandyke said.

As of late Wednesday night, crews were still at the mountain.

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