Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Rangers locate overdue Marcy hiker, who suffered knee injury

forest ranger reportsRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On July 22 at 11 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a pair of hikers reporting that a member of their party was overdue from hiking Mount Marcy in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Forest Ranger LaPierre responded to the Adirondak Loj parking lot to interview the reporting party. At 1:36 a.m., Ranger LaPierre located the 33-year-old subject from New York City up the trail from Marcy Dam. The subject had suffered a knee injury, was unable to walk, and likely dehydrated. The Ranger splinted the injury and provided the hiker with warmth, food, and water. She escorted the hiker back to the outpost and set him up in a sleeping bag so he could rest while the Ranger continued back to the Loj. Ranger LaPierre then drove a UTV in to pick up the subject, and at 4:45 a.m., the hiker was reunited with his party and taken for further medical care.

Wakely Dam Ultra Marathon
Hamilton County
Planned Event:
 On July 24, Forest Rangers Nally, Scott, and Lomnitzer and Assistant Forest Ranger O’Connell, along with Piseco EMS, provided event and emergency response support for the Wakely Dam Ultra Marathon. The 60-person ultra-marathon began at Wakely Dam in the Moose River Plains Recreational Area and continued down the Northville Lake Placid Trail through the West Canada Lakes Wilderness Area ending at the Piseco Airport in the town of Arietta. Forest Rangers coordinated with race officials and prepositioned themselves in the interior of the wilderness, where they were able to assist and evacuate two injured race participants during the 10-hour race.

Town of Fort Ann
Washington County
Wilderness Search:
 On July 24 at 7:22 p.m., Forest Rangers Donegan and Savarie responded to a call for help from a group of hikers on Buck Mountain in the Lake George Wilderness Area. The hikers reported that while exploring the summit of the mountain, a 14-year-old hiker from Mahwah, New Jersey, walked away from the group and was missing. While Rangers were hiking in to meet the party, the missing girl made her way off the mountain to a trailhead on the other side. Ranger Donegan met up with the group of hikers and escorted them off the mountain, reuniting them with the missing girl at 11:25 p.m.

Forest Ranger Contact Information Update:
 DEC has moved to a single number for dispatch. If a person needs a Forest Ranger, for a search and rescue or to report a wildfire, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS (833-697-7264). People in need of urgent assistance should continue to call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, visit the DEC website.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

7 Responses

  1. Zephyr says:

    Once again, mind boggling that a group of hikers would split up because one was slower or for any reason. I really hope they didn’t leave him behind after he was injured.

    • Boreas says:

      Nor did they backtrack to find him. If I were the victim, I would find new hiking partners.

      • adkDreamer says:

        Both of the above comments are assumptions as the article does not address either of the claims.

        • Zephyr says:

          The “reporting party” was in the Loj parking lot. The injured man was reported as overdue. Those aren’t assumptions based on the reporting. Never split up and leave someone behind.

          • adkDreamer says:

            It is also entirely possible that the injured man decided to go it alone to summit Marcy, was an experienced hiker and the other two trusted his skill set -and/or the two disagreed with the hiker but he went to summit Marcy alone anyways. There are several possibilities. There is not enough information in the article to claim one scenario over another.

            • Dana says:

              He could also have been abducted by a UFO, the aliens injured his leg during probing, and plopped him back down on the trail as damaged goods.

              Whether the two in the parking lot at 11 pm trusted his skill set or not, they should not have split up. That is the point, don’t ya think?

              • adkDreamer says:

                I agree with any of the possibilities and any of the points made regarding safety, however this article never said anything about anyone splitting up.

                Some folks like to hike alone and many do without incident. It is entirely possible that the two who reported the overdue hiker had made plans to hike different routes that day and catch up later. In other words all three may have made plans to not hike together in the first place. Therefore, if they were not hiking together initially, there was no ‘splitting up’.

                This article does not provide sufficient detail to make any assumptions about what came about before the incident was reported.

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