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 Newcomb
Wildland Rescue: At 5:36 pm on Sept. 30, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker reporting his partner had injured his knee descending a steep, eroded section of the Mount Adams Trail. The 71-year-old hiker was located less than a quarter mile from the summit of the peak and was unable to put any weight on the leg. Under the authority of Lt. John Solan, several Forest Rangers and one assistant Forest Ranger were requested to assist with a night carry-out of the injured party. At 10:08 pm, Forest Rangers arrived at the hiker’s location and provided patient care. Once the patient was stabilized and secured in a litter, Rangers began the difficult carry out to a staged six-wheeler at the base of the mountain. With slippery, steep, and hazardous conditions, the rescue required low-angle rope rescue techniques. At 1:20 am on Oct. 1, the man from Tolland, Conn., was out of the woods and Newcomb Volunteer Ambulance transported him for further medical treatment.
Town of Bolton
Wildland Search: On Sept. 27 at 7:02 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Warren County 911 reporting a 46-year-old woman from Greenwich lost while hiking 5th Peak in the Tongue Mountain Range. Under Lt. Christopher Kostoss’ authority, two Rangers were dispatched to retrieve the subject. Rangers Nancy Ganswindt and Charles Kabrehl traveled by boat from Green Island to access an area where coordinates placed the subject. The hiker was located in good condition by 9:37 pm, escorted out of the woods, and provided transport by boat to Green Island and back to her vehicle at Clay Meadows. The incident concluded at 10:40 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.