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Hikers Find Lost Ring on 4K-Foot Snowy Mountain

Bill Giguere of Massachusetts calls them 'very nice people'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2019 12:00 PM CST
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In this Nov. 23, 2019, photo provided by Brendan Cheever, Tom Gately holds a gold wedding band he found by using a metal detector on snow-covered Mount Hancock in New Hampshire's White Mountains.   (Brendan Cheever via AP)

(Newser) – A man's quest to find his wedding ring on a 4,000-foot snow-covered mountain in New Hampshire has been completed by a couple of hikers—and a metal detector, the AP reports. WMUR-TV reports Bill Giguere of Massachusetts recently lost the gold band on Mount Hancock. Giguere, who had been wearing it for three years, put out a plea to a hiking group for help. Tom Gately saw the post but had doubts about finding the ring along the 10-mile loop trail Giguere hiked.

Giguere said the most likely spot was at a lookout where he changed gloves. Gately and fellow hiker Brendan Cheever set out with a metal detector. Cheever says that "it beeped and he's, like, 'I think I found it,' and everybody's, like, 'What?' and he just started scratching in the snow. There it was!" Guguere's reaction: "Very nice people," he tells WCVB. "For a complete stranger to go up there with a metal detector was pretty nice of them." He says he plans to keep the ring in the car or at home next time he goes hiking. (When one surfer proposed to another, the ring "fell in.")


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