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Posted: Jan 27, 2013 9:34 AM

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 9:41 AM

RANDOLPH, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire authorities are identifying the hiker who fell to his death during an outing near Mount Adams as a 64-year-old man from University Park, Texas.

The Fish and Game Department says Richard 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, near Randolph, on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Topics: Hiker-Fatal Fall

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