Monday, June 17, 2024

DEC alerts recreationists of heat advisory in ADKs June 18-20

10 hiking essentials

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging outdoor recreators to plan accordingly this week as high temperatures—of 90+ degrees—are forecast for this Tuesday through Thursday in the Adirondacks.

Hikers should be prepared with at least 2 liters of water and ideally a water filter. Take plenty of breaks and eat salty snacks to keep your electrolytes in check. Since pets have a harder time staying cool, especially on hot rocks, it may be best to leave them at home. Also consider staying home yourself and rescheduling your hike for a day with cooler temperatures.

Some individuals are at a higher risk for heat-related illness than others. New Yorkers should learn the risk factors and symptoms of heat-related illness to protect themselves and others.

Symptoms of heat stroke include: 

  • Hot, dry, red skin.
  • A rapid pulse.
  • Rapid and shallow breathing.
  • A body temperature higher than 105 degrees.
  • Loss of alertness, confusion, and/or loss of consciousness.

Hikers are advised to check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for updates on trail conditions, seasonal road closures, and general recreation information for the Adirondacks.

Also, if you plan to beat the heat by getting out on the water, remember to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boats and water equipment.

View the HikeSmartNY webpage for detailed information on safety and preparedness and what to do in case of an emergency in the backcountry.

New York State lands belong to all of us, and we all have a responsibility to protect them. Love our New York lands by finding alternate forms of sustainable outdoor recreation, always practicing Leave No Trace, and giving back through volunteer work and stewardship.

Photo at top courtesy of the NYS DEC.

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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.

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