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
Search: On Oct. 29 at 6:01 pm, a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a 46-year-old female from Saratoga who was lost in the mountains in Keene Valley. She was hiking solo and, on the descent, lost the trail markers and rather than retracing her steps, continued downhill and became confused. One Ranger responded, and the female hiker continued down the mountain along a stream bed until it became rocky and slippery. The Ranger directed the subject to remain at her current location. By 7:25 pm, the Ranger reached the subject in the beaver swamp near Route 73. By 8 pm, woman was back at the trailhead.
Town of North Elba
Search: On Nov. 3 at 11:08 am, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call regarding a 20-year-old male from Lake Placid who became separated from his hunting party. The group was hunting in an area near the Northville-Placid Trail when the hunters were separated. Six Rangers were dispatched to look for the subject. Three Rangers arrived on scene at 12 .m, and entered through the north side of the Northville Placid Trail toward Moose Pond. The Rangers conducted searches of the trails around the last known point. Cell phone coordinates placed the subject in the area of Moose Pond, about two miles south of where the hunting party was supposed to have met up. Weather deteriorated to near-blizzard conditions. A Ranger located the subject at approximately 10 pm. The hunter was assessed and escorted out of the woods. By 10:45 pm, the subject was out of the woods and en route to his residence.
Town of Chesterfield
Rescue: On Nov. 4 at 10 am, a call came into DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 55-year-old female from Keeseville who had taken a wrong step and injured her ankle on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. Five Forest Rangers responded to assist. With assistance, the hiker was able to walk about half way down the observer’s trail to a waiting ATV. At 3:08 pm, the group was at the trailhead and the subject was transported to the local hospital for further medical care.
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.