<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2004-03_24\/consumer-lynn.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nEarly in the morning on February 12, 2003, Michael Lynn of Bartlett, New Hampshire, set out on a 14-mile day-trek on snowshoes and cross-country skis in New Hampshire's White Mountains with his dog, Kayla. An avid outdoorsman, Lynn, 55, hadn't bargained on having difficulty breathing a few hours later when he was deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Wet from exertion in the deep snow and able to go no farther, at 4:30 PM he put on dry clothes and dug himself a hole in the snow to wait out the night in 30-degree-below-zero temperatures. Lynn was sure someone would come after him as he had left his itinerary at the inn where he worked, with a note that if he didn't return by 5 PM, he was in\r\ntrouble.\r\n\r\nWhen the new front desk clerk arrived at 4 PM, she saw Lynn's note but didn't understand its significance. The next morning, as the clerk was throwing the note away, the inn's manager asked if she had seen Lynn. After reading the note and getting no answer at Lynn's house, the manager called the sheriff, who contacted the Fish and Game Department. A search began.\r\n<h1>Rescue!<\/h1>\r\nBy late afternoon on the second day, Lynn had given up hope of\r\nbeing found alive and wished his hypothermia would progress far\r\nenough to make him unaware of what was happening. About 9:30 that\r\nevening, Kayla barked, and Lynn saw a flash of light through the\r\ntrees. Two Fish and Game officers had found him, but their radio\r\nwasn't working. Lynn's severe frostbite made him unable to walk, so\r\nthe officers lit a fire, gave Lynn dry clothes, and fed him hot\r\nliquids while they waited out the night.\r\n\r\nAt 8 AM on February 14, the officers got a crackly transmission\r\nthrough. A National Guard helicopter arrived a couple hours later\r\nand hovered above a clearing a quarter mile away as a seat was\r\nlowered to lift Lynn, who slowly reached the area after strapping\r\nsnowshoes on his frozen feet. Low on fuel, the helicopter whisked\r\nLynn to the closest hospital, refueling before it returned hours\r\nlater for Kayla and the officers.\r\n<h1>Bilateral Amputation<\/h1>\r\nPhysicians were unable to save Lynn's right leg, which was\r\namputated mid-calf three weeks after his rescue. Three months later\r\nin early June, he had a Symes amputation of his left leg above the\r\nankle.\r\n<h1>Back to the Outdoors<\/h1>\r\nEight months after his mid-winter ordeal, Lynn was not only\r\nwalking and hiking again with Kayla, but was making plans to ski\r\nand snowshoe. Wanting to return to his active lifestyle, he sought\r\nout Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics, Manchester, New Hampshire,\r\nwhich specializes in fitting active amputees. With a different\r\nstyle Flex-Foot on each leg, Lynn has had his prostheses adjusted\r\nto fit his alpine and cross-country ski boots and the demands of\r\nskiing.\r\n\r\nEager to hit the trails and to get away, he reserved a condo for\r\nthis past winter in Winter Park, Colorado, a resort where he taught\r\nskiing 12 years earlier. Winter Park is the headquarters of the\r\nNational Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), and Lynn is looking\r\nforward to learning how to ski again with their guidance. And when\r\nhe ventures into the woods again, he will be sure to leave behind\r\nhis itinerary--since he knows this saved his life, along with the\r\nbravery of two very special Fish and Game officers.