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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 7/20-7/26/15

July 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. 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 backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Distressed hiker: On July 19, 2015 at 10:50 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker requesting assistance for her companion who was in distress near Marcy Dam after hiking Mt. Marshall. The 45-year-old woman from Baltimore, MD suddenly became ill. Ray Brook Dispatch texted the reporting party, who informed them that the pair were 10 minutes from the Yellow Trail in Algonquin, close to the Adirondack Loj. DEC Forest Rangers met the women on the trail and provided fluids to the woman in distress. The Rangers escorted her to the ADK Loj and put her into an ambulance, which took her to AMC Lake Placid for treatment. The incident concluded at 12:30 a.m. on July 20.

Town of Keene – Giant Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 25, 2015 at 2:15 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a report of an injured hiker at the Junction of Roaring Brook Falls. The 39-year-old woman from Latham, NY was alert and making her way down the trail with the assistance of friends. DEC Forest Rangers responded to Giant Ridge Trailhead and encountered the group 1.25 miles up the trail. They evaluated the woman, administered first aid and escorted her out. She told them she would seek medical attention on her own. The incident concluded at 5:30 p.m.

Town of Keene – High Peaks Wilderness
Distressed hiker: On July 25, 2015 at 3:45 p.m., the Keene Valley Fire Department requested assistance from DEC Forest Rangers for a dehydrated woman at Rainbow Falls. Rangers and members of the Keene Valley Fire Department escorted the woman out through the Adirondack Mountain Reserve Property to a waiting Keene Valley Ambulance. The Ambulance transported her to Elizabethtown Hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 4:30 p.m.

Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Distressed hiker: On July 25, 2015 at 3:40 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Wright Summit Steward reporting a 56-year-old female hiker from Paris, France in medical distress near the Wright and Algonquin Junction. The Wright Summit Steward conducted a medical assessment, while a DEC Forest Ranger headed to the scene. Once the Ranger arrived, they requested a helicopter and placed it on standby while they organized a hoist operator and advanced medical care. However, the woman’s condition improved after a short time and she managed to walk with assistance. An assistant Forest Ranger then transported her to her car where she declined any further medical treatment. The incident concluded at 7:00 p.m.

Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 26, 2015 at 5:35 p.m., the Marcy Dam Interior Outpost caretaker contacted DEC Ray Brook requesting assistance for an injured female hiker. The 26-year-old woman from Elkhart, IN fell in Avalanche Pass. A DEC Assistant Forest Ranger assisted her to Marcy Dam where another Ranger waited on a Utility-Terrain Vehicle. The DEC Ranger transported the woman to the Adirondack Loj at 6:53 p.m., where she declined further medical treatment.

Town of Chesterfield – Private Land
Lost minors: On July 21, 2015 at 8:25 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a home owner on Butternut Pond reporting his neighbor’s two teenage boys from Mont-Hillaire, QC, CA had been missing for the past six hours. At approximately 2:30 p.m. the teenagers went for a walk, but had not yet returned. DEC Forest Rangers and volunteers from the Keeseville Fire Department responded to the location. At 9:02 p.m., a responding Forest Rangers located the pair walking the road in good condition. The teens hiked around Butternut Pond and became lost on the network trails. They hiked approximately 12 miles before coming out onto State Route 9N in the Town of Chesterfield. The Ranger transported the teens back to their camp and to their parents without further incident. The incident concluded at 10:30 p.m.

Hamilton County
Town of Inlet – Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Lost hikers: On July 26, 2015 at 2:06 p.m., Herkimer County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting two lost hikers on Black Bear Mountain. The 20-year-old women from Rome, NY were hiking on ski trail when they decided to head to the top. Two DEC Forest Rangers located the women at 3:57 p.m. after following GPS coordinates provided by 911. The Rangers then escorted the women out to the trailhead.

Herkimer County
Town of Webb – Fulton Chain Wild Forest
Injured hiker: On July 26, 2015 at 2:11 p.m., Herkimer County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance for a 70-year-old woman from Slingerlands, NY who sustained a leg injury while hiking Bald Mountain. Three DEC Forest Rangers and an Assistant Ranger responded with New York State Police, Town of Webb Police Department and Old Forge Rescue Squad to carry the hiker out. An ambulance met them at the trailhead and transported the woman to a hospital in the Utica area. The incident concluded at 4:22 p.m.

Saratoga County
Town of Hadley – Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
Injured hiker: On July 26, 2015 at 1:50 p.m., Warren County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 42-year-old female hiker from Ballston Spa, NY with a lower leg injury on the Hadley Mountain fire tower trail. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded with the Hadley-Luzerne Rescue Squad and carried the hiker out to the trailhead. The rescue squad then transported her to Glens Falls Hospital. The incident concluded at 3:20 p.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 7/13-7/19/15

July 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. 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 backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
Town of Wilmington – McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 13, 2015 at 11:50 a.m., DEC Central Dispatch received a call reporting an injured hiker at the summit of Whiteface Mountain. The 26-year-old woman from New Jersey slipped while attempting to seek shelter from a thunderstorm. DEC Forest Rangers responded, assessed her at the scene and placed her in a litter for carry-out to an established landing zone. At 2:20 p.m. New York Police Aviation flew her to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for further medical treatment. The incident concluded at 3:30 p.m.

Town of Keene – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from North Country Camps reporting one of its camp counselors had sustained a lower leg injury and was unable to continue back down Noonmark Mountain. The 21-year-old woman from Greenup, KY, accompanied by another counselor and four children, became injured 1.5 miles from the trailhead. DEC Forest Rangers responded, assessed the woman and placed her in a litter for carry-out to an established landing zone. New York State Police Aviation flew her to Marcy Field and transferred her to Keene Valley Rescue. Keene Valley Rescue transported the woman to Elizabethtown Hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 7:00 p.m.

Town of Keene – Adirondack Mountain Reserve
Inured hiker: On July 18, 2015 at 2:10 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Adirondack Mountain Reserve requesting assistance for an injured hiker near Beaver Meadow Falls. The 67-year-old man from Salinas, CA sustained a lower leg injury and required assistance to hike out. DEC Forest Rangers responded and assisted the man to the intersection of the trail with Lake Road. From there, Rangers transported him to his residence on the Mountain Club Property. The man told them he would seek medical attention on his own. The incident concluded at 3:30 p.m.

Town of Keene – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 19, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., a hiker contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance for his injured companion in the John’s Brook Valley. The 60-year-old companion from Saratoga Springs, NY had fallen and sustained multiple injuries. DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the men roughly 45 minutes in on the Southside trail. They stabilized the injured man and placed him in a litter for a carry-out by an All-Terrain Vehicle to a waiting ambulance. Keene Valley Rescue transported the man to Elizabethtown Hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 10:30 p.m.

Hamilton County
Town of Long Lake – William C. Whitney Wilderness
Injured camper: On July 15, 2015 at 6:22 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Hamilton County 911 reporting an injured camper on Lake Lila. The 27-year-old man from Buffalo, NY had sustained an injury in a swimming accident. A DEC Forest Ranger and Long Lake EMS responded to the campsite. They assessed the man and determined he would need additional medical attention. The Forest Ranger and EMT transported him back to shore via boat and released him to a waiting ambulance for transport to the nearest medical center for treatment. The incident concluded at 8:25 p.m.

Washington County
Town of Fort Edward – Lake George Wild Forest
Lost hikers: On July 14, 2015 at 12:05 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two lost hikers on Buck Mountain. The 17-year-old and 18-year-old females, both from Niskayuna, NY said they summited Buck Mountain and were possibly descending on the wrong trail. GPS Coordinates placed them on the west side of the mountain on the trail to Buck Mountain from Pilot Knob Road. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and met the women on the trail. He escorted them out and provided them with a ride back to their vehicle. The incident concluded at 2:15 p.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 7/6-7/12/15

July 15th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. 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 backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”



Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
Town of Ticonderoga – Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness
Lost Hiker: On July 6, 2015 at 12:25 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch from a 54-year-old woman from Diamond Pond, NY who was lost on the Lost Pond Trail near Putnam Pond. Essex County managed to obtain GPS coordinates and the woman’s phone number despite spotty service. A Forest Ranger arrived at the trailhead at 1:00 p.m. Dispatch established text contact with the woman and told her to make noise as the Forest Ranger approached. At 1:23 p.m. the Forest Ranger made voice contact with the woman and located her. He escorted her back to her vehicle. The incident concluded at 1:51 p.m.

Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured Hiker: On July 8, 2015 at 10:34 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting an injured member of a hiking party on the trail to Algonquin. The 51-year-old woman from Belfont, PA sustained a lower leg injury and was unable to proceed. Dispatch contacted the Marcy Dam Caretaker to respond and complete an assessment. Additional DEC Forest Rangers also responded. At 11:04 a.m. the Marcy Dam caretaker reached the hiker, provided first aid and advised that a carryout would be necessary. At 11:57 a.m. three Rangers, an Assistant Forest Ranger and the Marcy Dam caretaker began the carryout just above the Whales Trail Junction. Two members of the injured hiker’s party also assisted. They carried her to the Whales Trail Junction and transferred her to an All-Terrain Vehicle for the remaining two-mile transport. Rangers released the injured hiker at the Adirondack Loj and she told them she would seek medical attention on her own. The incident concluded at 3:00 p.m.

Town of North Elba – McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Injured Hiker: On July 8, 2015 at 10:38 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the husband of a 56-year-old woman reporting the couple was hiking the trail to Haystack Mountain when she slipped on some wet roots and sustained a lower leg injury. DEC Forest Rangers responded and initiated a carry-out, bringing her back down to the trailhead. The incident concluded at 12:24 p.m.

Town of Wilmington – Wilmington Wild Forest
Injured Hiker: On July 10, 2015 at 7:56 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch regarding an injured hiker on Esther Mountain. The 56-year-old woman from Rochester, NY slipped while descending the mountain and sustained a lower leg injury. Five DEC Forest Rangers responded to the GPS coordinates that Essex County 911 provided. Forest Rangers reached the woman at 10:30 p.m. They carried the hiker over a mile until she could be evacuated by an All-Terrain Vehicle to the Flume Trail in Wilmington. The Rangers released her to the Wilmington Rescue Squad at 12:58 a.m. and transported to Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured Hikers: On July 12, 2015 at 1:52 p.m., an Assistant Forest Ranger contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch about an injured 14-year-old girl from New York City at the junction of the Long and Short Trail at Mt. Jo. She sustained a lower leg injury and could not proceed. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the area to assist the girl out of the woods. When they arrived at 2:45 p.m., they discovered another injured girl, 12 years old, from New York City who needed assistance. Dispatch contacted the Lake Placid Ambulance Squad asking them to meet the group at the Adirondack Loj. At 3:37 p.m. all parties were out of the woods. They transported the 14-year-old girl to Lake Placid Adirondack Health Center. The 12-year-old told Rangers she would seek medical attention on her own with the assistance of a camp counselor.

Hamilton County
Town of Blue Mountain Lake – Blue Mountain Wild Forest
Injured Hiker: On July 9, 2015 at 4:48 p.m., a DEC Blue Mountain backcountry steward and a DEC Forest Ranger assisted a 56-year-old female hiker from Stanford, CT who sustained a lower leg injury on Blue Mountain. The hiker was able to walk out slowly on her own with assistance from the Forest Ranger and steward. They provided her with first aid and crutches. At 6:47 p.m. the woman returned to her vehicle and advised she would seek medical attention on her own.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Bicycle Tourism is the Best

July 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Miscellania

Pinar de Sigüenza

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