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Hiker finds wedding ring man dropped on 10-mile mountain trail

Man who lost his wedding band along a 10-mile trail up a snow-covered mountain is stunned when hiking group finds the gold ring after he put out a plea on Facebook

  • Bill Giguere lost the gold band on Mount Hancock after wearing it for three years
  • He 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 
  • Gately and fellow hiker Brendan Cheever set out with a metal detector after Giguere said the most likely spot was at a lookout where he changed gloves
  • Cheever said ‘it beeped’ and Gately started scratching in the snow then saw it 

A Massachusetts man who lost his wedding band up a 4,000-foot snow-covered mountain in New Hampshire has had the ring returned after posting a plea on Facebook.

Bill Giguere wore the ring for three years before losing it on Mount Hancock. However,  hiker Tom Gately came to the rescue with the help of social media and a metal detector.

Giguere didn’t know exactly where it slipped off his finger along the 10-mile route he hiked last Thursday. 

‘After a great Hancock Loop hike today I got back to the car and realized the wedding ring I started the hike with didn’t make it,’ he posted in an online group. 

‘If anyone is bagging the Hancocks this weekend I would be eternally grateful if you were able to find it.’  

He put out a plea to a hiking group for help

Bill Giguere (left) lost the gold band on Mount Hancock in New Hampshire but after he put out a plea to a hiking group for help he was reunited with the ring discovered by Tom Gately (right)

He helpfully narrowed down the search by saying the gold band was most likely at a lookout where he changed gloves.

‘The most likely spot is at the lookout near north peak as I swapped in a new pair of gloves there,’ he wrote, adding: ‘Think of the great story at your thanksgiving dinner next week if you are the hero to find it.

‘The Giguere family will chant your name before our own meal.’

It turns out the family will be saying Tom Gately’s name.

Tom Gately saw the post but had doubts about finding the ring along the 10-mile loop trail Giguere hiked on the 4,000-foot mountain

Tom Gately saw the post but had doubts about finding the ring along the 10-mile loop trail Giguere hiked on the 4,000-foot mountain

In a post asking for help hewrote: 'Think of the great story at your thanksgiving dinner next week if you are the hero to find it. The Giguere family will chant your name before our own meal'

In a post asking for help Gugiere wrote: ‘Think of the great story at your thanksgiving dinner next week if you are the hero to find it. The Giguere family will chant your name before our own meal’

He saw the post but had doubts about finding the ring, WMUR-TV reported.

‘I instantly thought there’s no way, it’s a 10-mile loop trail,’ he said in an interview where he met Giguere. 

Gately and fellow hiker Brendan Cheever set out in Lincoln with a metal detector and miraculously came across it.

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!’  

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?"'

Gately and fellow hiker Brendan Cheever set out with a metal detector and miraculously came across it. Cheever says that ‘it beeped and he’s, like, “I think I found it,” and everybody’s, like, “What?”‘

Cheever said about Gately (pictured): 'He just started scratching in the snow. There it was!'

Cheever said about Gately (pictured): ‘He just started scratching in the snow. There it was!’

In a follow-up interview Giguere said he had a little bit of hope: ‘If anyone’s gonna find it it’s some of these crazy hikers.’

In the video filmed on the mountain after Gately found it, he revealed that Giguere’s direction was accurate as he ‘didn’t go more than a 4×4 spot’ to locate the ring.

Gately couldn’t believe his eyes.

He added in a reunion interview: ‘I guess I thought could this really be happening? Could this really be it?’ 

Guguere said Gately and Cheever are ‘nice people’ to go up there with a metal detector.

After advice from Cheever he said next time he’ll leave the ring at home.

Gately (left) said in an interview where he met Giguere (right) he thought there's no way he could find it on the 10-mile loop trail. Brendan Cheever is pictured center

Gately (left) said in an interview where he met Giguere (right) he thought there’s no way he could find it on the 10-mile loop trail. Brendan Cheever is pictured center

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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