Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Injured Pitchoff Mt. ice climber rescued via toboggan, rope system

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 20 at 1:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call to assist an ice climber who fell while climbing Pitchoff Mountain, injuring his hip. The 73-year-old from Massachusetts was on the Jackrabbit Ski Trail off Old Mountain Road. Using a rope system, seven Forest Rangers lowered the patient and stabilized him in a rescue toboggan. Rangers attached the toboggan to a snowmobile and rode the patient to a Lake Placid ambulance waiting at the trailhead. Resources were clear at 4:10 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND PHOTOS

Town of Franklin
Franklin County
Training: On Feb. 24, Forest Ranger Lieutenant LaPierre and Rangers Ordway, Rooney, and Quinn conducted rescue training for fire departments and rescue squads. Akwesasne Mohawk, Bloomingdale, Duane, and Paul Smiths Gabriels Fire Departments joined Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake Rescue Squads and the Tri-Lake Snowmobile Association to respond to a scenario where four snowmobilers crashed into a groomer. The training helps solidify the working relationships among Rangers and partners.

Snowmobile accident training

Snowmobile accident training. NYS DEC photo.

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.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

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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.

One Response

  1. JohnL says:

    73 and still ice climbing? God bless him! Always glad when an emergency ends on a relatively good note. Keep climbing, old timer.

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