Sunday, July 1, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights

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.

Essex County

Town of North Elba
Wildland Search: At 6:04 pm on June 18, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Adirondack Loj reporting an overdue 68-year-old hiker separated from his hiking partner while on the Indian Falls loop. The pair had separated at Avalanche Camps at 12:46 pm, with the faster hiker going ahead. The missing hiker did not meet his companion before dark, and Forest Rangers initiated search efforts. When the missing hiker was not located during initial search efforts, additional resources were called to the ADK Loj. Responding searchers eventually encountered the missing subject at the Loj in good health.

Town of Crown Point
Wildland Fire: On June 19, Forest Rangers were notified of a possible wildland forest fire on Buck Mountain in Crown Point. Rangers responded and found that a lightning strike resulted in fire burning aerial, surface, and ground fuels. The fire was contained at 3.5 acres within 24 hours. Forest Rangers, with assistance from two inmate crews from Moriah Correctional Facility, worked for another two days to control and extinguish the fire. Rangers will continue to check the fire area and extinguish hot spots within the fire control perimeter.

Town of North Elba
Wildland Search: On June 22 at 12:38 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was contacted regarding a 52-year-old male from Phoenixville, PA, who had fallen while descending and injured his ankle 1.5 miles from the summit of Mt. Marcy. Forest Rangers and an assistant Forest Ranger were dispatched to provide assistance. The subject was reached at 2:10 pm, and after Rangers evaluated and rendered aid, the subject was assisted to Marcy Dam and then to the ADK Loj. The subject sought medical attention on his own. The incident concluded at 4 pm.

Town of North Elba
Wilderness Search: On June 22 at 5:37 pm, Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance to locate two males, ages 12 and 42, from Glenville, who became separated from another hiker while hiking Cliff and Redfield mountains. The three subjects started at the Upper Works at 8 am. One subject went two miles ahead to the Redfield and Cliff herd path junction. The other hikers never showed up. A Forest Ranger responded to the Upper Works Trail and requested the Lake Colden caretaker start interviewing subjects and head in the direction of the Redfield and Cliff trail intersection. After interviewing several people, the caretaker documented sightings of the pair indicating that the 12-year-old and 42-year-old were reunited and hiking toward the trailhead. The subjects were located at 8:10 pm, hiking toward the Upper Works trailhead. They were reunited with the reporting party and the incident concluded at 8:30 pm.

Town of North Elba
Wildland Search: On June 22 at 10:51 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Essex County 911 from a 57-year-old woman from Buffalo who was off trail and had no working headlamp or flashlight. The subject was hiking Street and Nye mountains. Cell phone coordinates placed the subject near Indian Pass Brook. One Ranger was dispatched to retrieve the subject. Voice contact was made with the subject at 1:14 am, and she and the responding Ranger were out of the woods at 2:58 am.

St. Lawrence County

Town of Fine
Wildland Rescue: On June 23 at 9:17 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 22-year-old male from Webster and a 24-year-old male from Henrietta who were disoriented and exhausted on the Cranberry 50 Trail. The pair were out of provisions and needed assistance. The subjects advised they were near East Inlet Flow. A Forest Ranger took a boat across Cranberry Lake and located the subjects. They were brought back to Cranberry Lake DEC Headquarters and given a ride to their vehicle at the trailhead. The incident concluded at 11:45 am.

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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