Hiker From Texas Dies In Fall In New Hampshire

RANDOLPH, N.H. (January 27, 2013)--New Hampshire authorities Sunday identified a hiker who fell to his death during an outing near Mount Adams as Richard Gabrielle, 64, of University Park.

The Fish and Game Department said Gabrielle was near the top of what's known as the Great Gully in King's Ravine when he lost his footing and fell down the ravine Saturday afternoon near Randolph.

Officials said Sunday that Gabrielle tumbled more than 1,500 feet down the steep slope before coming to rest, and sustained significant injuries that killed him instantly.

Gabrielle was part of a group of seven climbers.

Officials said they were properly equipped for the conditions.

Gabrielle was the last in line among the climbers who had set out to reach the summit of Mount Adams.