Friday, April 29, 2016

Rangers Find Warrensburg Hiker Lost Near Siamese Ponds

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.

Hamilton County

Town of Indian Lake
Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Lost hiker: On April 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call for assistance for a lost hiker on the Clear Pond Trail. A 35-year-old woman from Warrensburg had been lost for approximately two hours. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and arrived on scene at 7:55 pm. They hiked in and began yelling for the woman in an attempt to establish contact. They located her at 9:42 pm in good condition. After putting the fire out the woman had built to stay warm, Rangers escorted her back to the trailhead and reunited her with her companion. The incident concluded at 11:45 pm.

Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. The Adirondack Almanack reports weekly Outdoor Conditions each Thursday afternoon.

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5 Responses

  1. Charlie S says:

    “They hiked in and began yelling for the woman in an attempt to establish contact.”

    Whistles are very good to have always when in the woods.They should be mandatory like seatbelts are mandatory….they could save lives. Of course it would help to stay put where you are if even an inkling of the thought comes over you that suddenly you are without a clue as to your whereabouts.

  2. says:

    You want mandatory whistles? We can’t get people to carry a map and compass!?! That’s like leaving your steering wheel home. LOL.

  3. Adkdave says:

    When do we start talking about search & rescue insurance?

  4. NYShiker says:

    Rangers actually say that the human voice travels farther than a whistle.

    • John Warren says:

      If you have a strong voice and are not diminished in your capabilities in any way.

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