During the pandemic this spring and early summer, hiking has continued to be an activity that people have engaged in to stay healthy and find respite.
One indication that people are out and about is the weekly search-and-rescue bulletin issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The most recent one contains nine incidents in the Adirondack region, indicating that forest rangers have been keeping busy.
In one case, forest rangers were called to rescue three hikers who failed to complete an ambitious trip in the High Peaks Wilderness. The group had hoped to hike Marcy, Skylight and Gray, but were unprepared for the trip and failed to complete the final peak. Without adequate lights, they became lost in the dark near Marcy Dam and were eventually found by the DEC.
These stories are good ones to read if you like to explore the Adirondacks. They often contain anecdotes that you can learn from. In this case, the story emphasizes the importance of bringing flashlights or headlamps on trips into the backcountry, even if your journey starts early in the day.
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in Adirondack Explorer’s weekly “Backcountry Journal” newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/newsletters
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