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 North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On April 23 at 4:09 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a report of a 17-year-old Ballston Spa boy suffering a non-weight-bearing lower leg injury. Phone coordinates of the caller placed the group near the summit of Mount Colden. Rangers flew to the location by State Police helicopter and were able to land and extract the injured hiker by 6:45 pm. Rangers escorted the other three 17-year-old Saratoga Springs hikers out through the wet snow. By 11:38 pm, Rangers had the group back to their vehicles and waiting families. Read more about this story on the Adirondack Almanack HERE.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On April 25 at 8:25 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request to assist a 75-year-old Elmira woman experiencing difficulties while descending Cascade Mountain. Ranger Dan Fox hiked in and located the injured hiker and her group by 9:15 pm and escorted the hikers to the trailhead.
Town of Saranac
Wilderness Rescue: On April 22 at 1:32 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker on Averill Peak in the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest stating he was tired and concerned he could not safely get off the mountain. This peak has no well-defined trail, and with the snow cover, winter hiking can be difficult without proper gear. Upon reaching the summit, the man was exhausted and wet. Three Forest Rangers responded and found the 22-year-old Burke man moving down the trail. Rangers escorted the subject back to his vehicle and no further medical attention was needed.
Town of Warrensburg
Wilderness Rescue: On April 22 at 6:09 pm, Warren County 911 transferred a cell phone call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a 69-year-old female hiker from Chicago lost on Hackensack Mountain. She became confused while descending and found herself on the other side of the mountain opposite the trailhead. Forest Ranger Charles Kabrehl located the hiker at 7:38 pm, provided first aid, and escorted her back to the trailhead by 8:54 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.