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.
Town of Keene
Wildland Rescue: On Oct. 20 at 3:45 pm, Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 21-year-old female from Ottawa, Ontario, with an ankle injury three miles down the Lake Road access on the Indian Head Trail in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. Her companion hiked out to get assistance. Ranger Giglinto responded to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve at 4:11 pm, met up with the reporting party, unlocked the gate to the Lake Road, and drove to the injured hiker. After providing basic First Aid for the injured ankle, the hiker was transported by patrol vehicle back to the hiking party’s vehicle to seek medical attention on her own.
Town of Fort Ann
Wildland Search: On Oct. 20 at 5:42 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Washington County 911 reporting a group of five that became disoriented while hiking Sleeping Beauty Mountain. The group members ranged in age from an eight-year-old female to a 35-year-old male. Cell phone coordinates provided by Washington County 911 placed the subjects near the Spectacle Brook drainage. Dispatch advised the group to stay where they were and build a fire. Forest Rangers Logan Quinn and Evan Donegan responded and were at the trailhead by 7:11 pm. They hiked in through the Daci Clearing entrance, up the trail, and eventually spotted the group’s fire by 8:05 pm. The group was escorted back down Sleeping Beauty to the trailhead, arriving at 9:40 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.