Hiker Who Fell Off Cliff Was An Engineer For The Cog Railway

Hiker Who Fell Off Cliff Was An Engineer For The Cog Railway


Hiker Who Fell Off Cliff Was An Engineer For The Cog Railway


Mount Willard is one of the most iconic hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The moderately challenging hike features majestic views of Crawford Notch, but its peak is also located right next to giant cliffs.

WMUR reports that a couple hiked up Mount Willard on Saturday, and were well prepared and equipped with the proper traction devices to hike the icy trail. When they reached the summit, Joseph “Eggy” Eggleston decided to go to one of the edges of the cliff to take some photos. His wife then heard him yell, and she saw Joseph fall hundreds of feet down the cliff. His body was found a couple of hours later by the Mountain Rescue Service.

His experience in high-alpine environments was further proven by his career background. Joseph worked as an engineer for the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. He had been employed with the Cog Railway since 1993, as Joseph worked as a groundskeeper, service team, and engineer. After hearing issues left Joseph impaired, the Cog Railway redesigned his engineer position so that he could continue to do what he loved.

Ryan Presby, who is the General Manager of the Cog Railway, said the following about Joseph Eggleston:

“He would always just brighten your day. You couldn’t avoid his infectious smile. Anytime he climbed on the train or saw the train, you could just tell he was in his element, and that’s what he wanted to do and where he wanted to be.”

Our thoughts and prayers here at Unofficial Networks are with his family, along with the team over at the Cog Railway, during this challenging time.

Image/Video Credits: White Mountain Attractions, Joanne Britton of AllTrails, WMUR News 9

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