Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Operations

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.

Saratoga County

Town of Hadley
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
Lost hikers: On May 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two lost hikers on Hadley Mountain. A 48-year-old woman and 39-year-old woman, both from Hudson Falls, became disoriented while descending the mountain. The woman reported they could see the fire tower and were headed back up to wait for assistance. A DEC Forest Ranger contacted the women by cellphone and directed them back to the trail. A second Forest Ranger began hiking in and located the women at 4:05 pm. The Ranger escorted the women to the trailhead where their vehicle was located. They did not require any medical attention. The incident concluded at 4:28 pm.

Essex County

Town of Newcomb
High Peaks Wilderness
Missing hiker: On May 8, 2016, at 11:15 am, New York State Police contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch regarding a vehicle found parked at the Tahawus Mines in Newcomb. The vehicle belonged to a 59-year-old man from New Hartford, Connecticut whose family reported him missing on May 3. DEC Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers responded to the area. Four Forest Rangers conducted searches covering trails and the Tahawus Mine with assistance from K9 units from DEC Division of Law Enforcement and New York State Police. State Police Aviation attempted an aerial search but turned back due to high winds. At 9:22 am the following morning a Forest Ranger on route to this search assignment located the man walking on Opalescent Road after he had been camping in the area for several days. The man was transported to the Glens Falls Hospital for medical evaluation.

Town of Keene
Dix Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On May 14, 2016 at 4:11 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 50-year-old man from Brewster, NY with a possible lower leg injury on the Round Pond trail in the Dix Mountain Wilderness.  A Wilderness EMT provided First Aid to the man and helped him make his way down the trail.  DEC Forest Rangers responded and reached the injured man at 6:30 p.m.  With assistance, the hiker walked out to the last 6/10 of a mile of the hike.  From there, Rangers carried him in a litter to the trail head, where he told them his companions would assist him in seeking medical attention.  The incident concluded at 9:15 p.m.

Town of Keene
Private Property
Injured hiker: On May14, 2016 at 8:08 p.m., the caretaker of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 33-year-old man from Drummondville, QC, CA with a possible leg injury between Elk Pass and the Lake Road on the AMR property.  DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Lake Road. The reporting party had gone back into the woods to assist his companion. Forest Rangers reached the men at 10:30 p.m. They carried the injured man out a short distance to the Lake Road and then transported the men to their vehicle.  At that time the injured man told Forest Rangers he would seek medical attention on his own.  The incident concluded at 11:30 p.m.

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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