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.
On December 29th at 1 pm, Essex County Emergency Services transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from four hikers on Mount Jo. The caller stated that her father slipped on the ice while descending the mountain and injured his left leg. When asked if the hikers had traction and could continue down, they stated that they did not have traction but felt comfortable enough to continue down the mountain.
Forest Rangers James Giglinto and Megan McCone responded and located the hiking group at 2:30 pm. The Rangers evaluated the injury and helped the group to slowly make progress off the peak. At 6:19 pm, Forest Rangers Giglinto and McCone and the hiking group were back at the trailhead. The 42-year-old injured hiker from Hartsdale, Westchester County, sought medical attention on his own.
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.