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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 6/15-6/21/15

June 24th, 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 – Wilmington Wild Forest
Distressed Hiker: On June 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., Essex County 911 notified DEC Ray Brook Dispatch of a 51-year-old man from Brooklyn, MI, conscious but unable to get out of the AuSable River at the Wilmington Flume. One DEC Forest Ranger responded along with Wilmington Fire Department and EMS Personnel. The man managed to get out of the water by the time they arrived, but was trapped on a ledge approximately 40 feet downstream and unable to return to the shoreline. The Forest Ranger directed setup of a belay line for lowering and hauling up the rescuer and hiker. The man had been hiking on a herd path, taking photos, when he leaned around a tree and slipped and fell into the AuSable River. Emergency crews transported him to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid for evaluation at 5:55 p.m.

Town of Wilmington – McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Lost Hikers On June 20, 2015 at 7:04 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two female hikers lost on a trail on Whiteface Mountain. The 25-year-old woman from Brooklyn and 26-year-old woman from Ballston Falls, NY lost the trail while returning to Connery Pond from Whiteface Landing. Neither hiker carried a map, compass or light. Dispatch advised the hikers to call 911 to obtain GPS coordinates from their cell phones. A DEC Forest Ranger responded by boat, arriving at Whiteface Landing at 8:14 p.m. During the course of this search, dispatch asked the women to contact 911 two additional times for coordinates, but the coordinates were incorrect. The Forest Ranger eventually made verbal contact with the hikers and located them in good condition at 11:25 p.m. The Ranger escorted them back to Whiteface Landing where they traveled by boat to the Lake Placid marina. The Ranger then gave them a ride back to their vehicle.

Herkimer County
Town of Webb – Fulton Chain Wild Forest
Lost Hiker: On June 21, 2015 at 3:45 p.m., a DEC Forest Ranger on patrol in the Fulton Chain Wild Forest learned of a female hiker lost on Bald Mountain. The 36-year-old female from Utica, NY called Herkimer County 911 reporting she had become disoriented ¼ mile from the top and lost the trail. Additional Forest Rangers responded. They located the women in good condition shortly after arriving. The incident concluded at 5:50 p.m.

Washington County
Town of Fort Ann – Lake George Wild Forest
Distressed Hiker: On June 20, 2015 at 5:20 p.m., Washington County 911 notified DEC Ray Brook Dispatch of a female hiker in medical distress on Buck Mountain. The 51-year-old woman from Wilton, NY could not continue the hike. DEC Forest Rangers responded with New York State Police Aviation to the summit at 8:00 p.m. They hoisted the woman out at 8:13 p.m. and turned her over to North Queensbury EMS at 8:23 p.m. Forest Rangers escorted the remaining member of the hiking party to the trailhead. All units were clear at 10:06 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 6/10- 6/13/15

June 16th, 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
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness – Town of Wilmington

Distressed hiker: On June 10, 2015 at 4:15 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 37-year-old man from Hollywood, FL saying that he and his dog had become exhausted and could not continue to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. Ray Brook Dispatch advised him to call 911 to obtain his GPS coordinates. A DEC Forest Ranger responded with an ATV to the Connery Pond Trail and continued to Whiteface Landing where he talked to the man by phone. The Ranger met up with the hiker just south of the Whiteface lean-to and provided him with food and water before assisting him back to Whiteface Landing. The Forest Ranger then gave the man and his dog a ride back to the trailhead by ATV. The incident concluded at 8:00 p.m.

Hamilton County
Moose River Plains Wild Forest – Town of Indian Lake

Injured cyclists: On June 13, 2015 DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received reports of two bicycle accidents on Moose River Plains Road during the Adirondack Black Fly Challenge Bicycle Race. The first accident, which happened at 1:50 p.m., involved a 60-year-old man from Delmar, NY who was participating in the race. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and provided basic first aid until the Indian Lake EMS arrived on scene. Indian Lake EMS transported the man to a local medical facility. At 2:05 p.m., a 60-year-old male participant from New Hartford also crashed on Moose River Plains Road. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and provided basic first aid until the Inlet EMS arrived on scene and transported to the injured man to a local medical facility.

Washington County
Lake George Wild Forest – Town of Fort Ann

Distressed hiker: On June 11, 2105 at 3:47 p.m., Warren County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 23-year-old woman from Wilton in medical distress on Buck Mountain. The hiking party was approximately 2 ½ miles from the Pilot Knob trailhead. Four DEC Forest Rangers responded along with the Pilot Knob and North Queensbury Fire Departments and EMS. Forest Rangers reached the woman at 4:50 p.m. Due to her health condition, New York State Police Aviation responded and transported her to the North Queensbury Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. From there, an ambulance transported her to Glens Falls Hospital.

Lake George Wild Forest – Town of Fort Ann

Injured emergency responders: On June 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., an ATV overturned on the Buck Mountain trail injuring two members of the North Queensbury Fire Department. The department members; a 75-year-old man from Boydton, VA and a 64-year-old man from Lake George, had been assisting in an earlier rescue. A carryout was necessary due to the extent of one of the injuries. DEC Forest Rangers and Fire Department members carried the more injured man to the trailhead and Lake George EMS transported him to Glens Falls Hospital at 9:25 p.m. The other man walked out on his 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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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 6/1-6/7/15

June 8th, 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
High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Injured Hiker: On June 7, 2015 at 2:54 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 76-year-old woman from Plattsburgh reporting she had sustained a lower leg injury while hiking Mt. Jo. DEC Forest Rangers, an Assistant Forest Ranger, and the Marcy Dam caretaker responded. They carried the hiker out to Mt. Jo trailhead at the Adirondack Loj, where the Lake Placid Rescue Squad transported her to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid. The incident concluded at 4:30 p.m.

Franklin County
Town of Harrietstown – McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Lost Hiker: On June 3, 2015 at 2:45 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 22-year-old woman from Saranac Lake reporting she had become lost while hiking on Mt. Baker. DEC dispatch advised her to call 911 so that her GPS coordinates could be obtained. DEC Forest Rangers located the woman along the shoreline of McKenzie Pond in the vicinity of North Bay. A nearby homeowner transported her across McKenzie Pond. No further action was taken. The incident concluded at 5:30 p.m.

Town of Harrietstown – High Peaks Wilderness
Lost Hiker: On June 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting two lost hikers on Ampersand Mountain. The 68-year-old man from Malone and 66-year-old woman from Winthrop become lost while descending the mountain. They had bushwhacked for approximately four hours before calling for help. DEC Forest Rangers responded, located the pair by a small stream near the base of the mountain and escorted them out without further incident. The incident concluded at 8:30 p.m.

Hamilton County
Town of Indian Lake – West Canada Lakes Wilderness
Distressed Hiker: On June 1, 2015 at 12:58 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from New York State Police Central Dispatch reporting a 15-year-old boy from Canastota in medical distress at the top of Snowy Mountain. DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the teen approximately one mile up the trail, hiking out under his own power. He called 911 after becoming separated from his brother. A short time later, he located his brother and they both hiked out without further incident. No further action was taken. The incident concluded at 4:00 p.m.

Herkimer County
Nicks Lake Campground – Town of Webb
Lost Hiker: On June 7, 2015 at 9:51 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch learned that a lost hiker had called Herkimer County 911 for help. One DEC Forest Ranger responded and located the 48-year-old woman from Monument County at 11:35 p.m. along Nicks Creek. The Forest Ranger escorted her back to her vehicle at the campground beach parking area. The Town of Webb Rescue Squad evaluated the woman and released her at 12:45 a.m.

Washington County
Lake George Wild Forest – Town of Fort Ann
Lost Hiker: On Wednesday, June 3, at 6:48 p.m. DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a report that a 13-year-old boy had become separated from a group of Washington County students on a class trip in the Shelving Rock Area of the Lake George Wild Forest, in the Town of Fort Ann, Washington County. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded to the area and began searching for the student who was last seen at 6:30 p.m. while the group was returning from Shelving Rock Mountain. However, prior to a search by Forest Rangers, the missing student had reached the road and flagged down a passing vehicle. The driver happened to be a member of the West Fort Ann Fire Department who was already responding to the incident. The driver transported the student to the Hogtown Parking Lot where he was examined by the Ft. Ann EMS and released. No further action was taken.

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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Status of Seasonal Access Roads in the Adirondacks

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

As of June 3, 2015:

See the Adirondack Trail Information web pages for more information.

Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest/Township 19 Conservation Easement

  • O’Neill Flow Road is open to motor vehicles to the gate at Barker Pond Road.
  • Barker Pond Road is be open to motor vehicles to the Barker Pond parking lot.

Moose River Plains

  • Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar River) Road is open to motor vehicles its whole length from the Limekiln Lake gate near Inlet to the Cedar River Gate near Indian Lake.
  • Otter Brook Road is open to motor vehicles to the Squaw Lake barrier.
  • Rock Dam Road remains closed.

Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm

  • All roads designated for public motor vehicle traffic on the Perkins Clearing and Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easements are open.
  • The section of Jessup River Road, in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement, leading to the Spruce Lake Trailhead is soft and should only be traveled by four-wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles.

Essex Chain Lakes Complex

  • The Shadow Dam Gate and the Cornell/Deer Pond Road will be closed for 1-2 weeks beginning Monday, June 8 to allow for replacement of one of the bridges on the road which is in poor condition.
  • Chain Lakes Road South is open for motor vehicle access to the Old Gooley Club Parking Area.
  • Chain Lakes Road North and Drakes Mill Road are open to allow for public motor vehicle access to the Hudson River/Polaris Bridge Parking Area.

Lake George Wild Forest

  • Gay Pond Road in the Hudson River Recreation Area is open to motor vehicles but is rough.
  • Buttermilk Road Extension in the Hudson River Recreation Area is closed to all motor vehicles.
  • Lily Pond Road off State Route 8 south of Brant Lake is open to motor vehicles.
  • Jabe Pond Road off Split Rock Road and State Route 9N west of Lake George is open to motor vehicles.
  • Dacy Clearing Road is open to motor vehicles from the Hogtown Parking Lot to Dacy Clearing, it may be rough in spots.

Reminder: Seasonal access roads are rough, dirt or gravel roads. Four wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles are recommended.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights (May 31 incidents)

June 2nd, 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
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Lost Hiker: On May 31, 2015 at 3 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 36-year-old female from Syracuse who had lost the trail while descending from the summit at Scarface Mountain. She had bushwhacked down the mountain, but still could not locate the trail. DEC advised her to contact Essex County 911, which could obtain her GPS coordinates. Once her location was established, DEC Forest Rangers determined she was going in the wrong direction, but was close to a seasonal camp road. DEC provided her with a new directional bearing to reach the camp road where she was met by the responding Forest Rangers. The Rangers escorted her down the road and then drove her to her vehicle at the Scarface Mountain trailhead. The incident concluded at 4:30 p.m.

Feldspar Brook – Town of North Elba
Missing Hiker: On May 31, 2015, several DEC Forest Rangers assisted in the search and recovery of a missing female hiker in the Feldspar Brook area. Information on this incident is available at: New York State Police website.

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: 5/18-24/15

May 27th, 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
High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Distressed Hikers: On May 21, 2015 at 4:08 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker requesting medical attention for his companion, a 20-year-old female from Brooklyn, who was experiencing muscle fatigue and exhaustion. The hikers called from one of the Marcy Dam lean-tos. DEC Forest Rangers hiked into Marcy Dam and reached the couple at 6:00 a.m. Rangers evacuated the non-ambulatory woman by UTV to the intersection of South Meadows Road and Adirondack Loj Road where they were met by the awaiting Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Squad for transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid. The incident concluded at 8:30 a.m.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Injured Hiker: On May 23, 2015 at 5:18 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a member of a hiking party reporting a 65-year-old female from Oreland, PA with a possible lower leg injury. She had slipped in mud on the trail between Avalanche Lake and Marcy Dam. DEC Forest Rangers and the Marcy Dam caretaker were immediately dispatched. The Marcy Dam caretaker reached the hiking party at 6:02 p.m. and confirmed the injury. The hiker was carried out by Forest Rangers, the caretaker, and members of her hiking party. She was transferred to the Lake Placid Ambulance Squad at 9:46 p.m. for transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of Keene
Distressed Rock Climber: On May 23, 2015 at 7:24 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an uninjured 28-year-old female rock climber from Montreal, QC “stuck halfway down the slab” at Chapel Pond. The climber had “frozen” and been unable to continue up or down without assistance. DEC Forest Rangers, two technical rope climbers who volunteer to assist Forest Rangers with rope rescues, and personnel from Keene and Keene Valley Fire Departments responded. A technical rope climber reached the woman and was able to lower her 200 feet to safety. All units cleared the incident at 9:20 p.m. The climber did not seek medical treatment.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Distressed Hiker: On May 24, 2015 at 4:54 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 56-year-old male from Mount Sinai advising he was in medical distress on the top of Mount Colden. His call was dropped and Dispatch was unsure as to which side of Colden he was on. A DEC Forest Ranger and the Lake Colden caretaker responded from the Flowed Lands while the Marcy Dam caretaker responded to Lake Arnold. At 5:30 p.m. a second call came in from the hiker who was able to confirm he was on the Lake Arnold side. The Marcy Dam caretaker reached the hiking party at 7:02 p.m. and determined the man to be dehydrated and exhausted. After a brief rest, he was escorted to Marcy Dam. At 7:45 p.m., DEC Forest Rangers transported the hiking party out on a UTV from Marcy Dam to the intersection of South Meadows Road and Adirondack Loj Road. He was advised to seek medical attention if his condition did not improve. The incident concluded at 8:30 p.m.

Private Land – Town of Essex
Injured Hiker: On May 25, 2015 at 9:15 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for an injured 15-year-old female from Montreal, QC on a private trail on South Bouquet Mountain. The hiking party was located approximately one mile in from the trailhead. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and reached the girl at 11:09 p.m. With the assistance of other hikers and the Forest Ranger the teenager was escorted back to the trailhead. She advised she would seek medical attention on her own. The incident concluded at 11:25 p.m.

Hamilton County
Sargent Pond Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Lost Hiker: On May 24, 2015 at 4:40 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a report of a 46-year-old male from Ilion, NY lost on Castle Rock Mt in the Sargent Pond Wilderness. The hiker advised he had reached the summit but may have turned off onto a herd path while descending. He had yelled for help and blew a whistle and no one responded. He contacted Hamilton County 911 and asked for assistance. DEC Forest Rangers responded and made cell contact with the man upon arrival. Rangers established voice contact quickly and located the man at approximately 5:30 p.m. in good condition. Forest Rangers escorted him down the mountain. The incident concluded at 6:00 p.m.

Hudson Gorge Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Distressed Hiker: On May 24, 2015 at 4:50 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a home owner requesting assistance for a hiker whose companion fell ill on the Ok Slip Falls Trail. The 26-year-old male and 26-year-old female, both from Ithaca, were descending the OK Slip Falls Trail when the woman began to experience medical distress. While she rested on the trail her companion went to get help. He arrived at the private residence and asked the home owner to call for assistance. DEC Forest Rangers responded and opened the Northern Frontier gate to the Ok Slip Falls Access Road. They reached the woman at approximately 5:45 p.m. She was brought back to the gate and verbally signed off on any medical attention. The incident concluded at 6:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Lost Paddler: On May 23, 2015 at 8:45 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Indian Lake Fire Department requesting assistance in locating a lost paddler. While paddling on the Cedar River a 27-year-old from Amherst had become shaken up after being rolled in the water while going over Peasley Falls and decided not to continue down the river. His two companions, a 26-year-old from Rochester and a 26-year-old from Bolivar, continued downstream with his boat. After exiting the Cedar River they went immediately to the Indian Lake Fire Department to report the incident and believed their companion may be lost. DEC Forest Rangers responded and entered at two separate locations on the Cedar River while eight members of the Fire Department searched in the immediate area. Forest Rangers located the subject approximately three miles from where his companions had last seen him. Due to exhaustion, he had stopped along the river and set up a small area to sleep. The Forest Rangers escorted him out of the woods without further incident. The incident concluded at 4:30 a.m.

St. Lawrence County
Bog River Complex – Town of Piercefield
Distress Paddler: On May 18, 2015 at approximately 10:00 a.m., an Assistant Forest Ranger while on boat patrol near campsite #12 on Low’s Lake, was flagged down by the wife of a 55-year-old male from Middlebury, VT who was in medical distress. The woman had transported her husband in the bow of her solo canoe from the causeway located near Parker’s Island. The Assistant Ranger advised the woman to paddle to the shore. The Assistant Ranger and woman assisted her husband to a nearby residence. The Assistant Forest Ranger contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at approximately 10:30 a.m. to request Long Lake Rescue be dispatched to the Sabattis Station parking area. The Assistant Forest Ranger transported the couple to the parking area where they were met by the Long Lake Rescue Squad for transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. The incident concluded at 11:30 a.m.

Washington County
Lake George Wild Forest – Town of Fort Ann
Lost Hikers: On May 18, 2015 at 7:51 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker’s father requesting assistance in locating his daughter and her hiking companion who were lost on Black Mountain. The 29-year-old female from Averill Park and the 29-year-old female from Hayden Heights, NJ became disoriented after reaching the summit of Black Mountain. They informed Dispatch they were at the trail junction and could see Lake George and a sign to Black Mountain Point. DEC Forest Rangers advised the women to go to Black Mountain Point where Forest Rangers would pick them up by boat from Green Island. Forest Rangers reached the women by boat at 8:57 p.m. in good condition. Forest Rangers transported them to Hewlett’s Landing and back to their vehicle at Black Mountain Trailhead. The incident concluded at 9:30 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: 5/11-5/17/15

May 18th, 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:

Franklin County
Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest – Town of Tupper Lake
Injured Hiker: On May 15, 2015 at 2:26 p.m., Franklin County 911 advised DEC Ray Brook Dispatch of an injured hiker on Coney Mountain in Tupper Lake. The 48-year-old woman from Massena had sustained a possible lower leg injury one mile from the trailhead. Franklin County 911 obtained GPS coordinates from her cell phone and relayed the coordinates to the responding DEC Forest Ranger. The Forest Ranger located the woman on the trail at 3:06 p.m. and assisted her on the walk back to the trailhead. They reached the trailhead at 3:48 p.m. where she declined further medical attention.

Warren County
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest – Town of Johnsburgh
Lost Hikers: On May 17, 2015 at 4:10 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Warren County 911 from a member of a six-person hiking party reporting it had become lost while descending Crane Mountain. The hiking party comprised of a 32-year-old man from Queensbury, a 46-year-old woman from Porters Corners, a 32-year-old man from Westerlo, a 30-year-old man from Westerlo, a 35-year-old man from Queensbury and a 34-year-old woman from Fort Edward. They started hiking at 11 a.m. and reached the summit of Crane Mountain at approximately 1 p.m. but had taken the wrong trail down. Warren County 911 provided GPS coordinates showing the lost hikers were in a drainage area near neighboring Huckleberry Mountain. DEC Forest Rangers arrived on scene and took an ATV trail into the area. They located the party about ½ mile from the Sky Hi Road at 5:33 p.m. and found all individuals in good condition. Rangers escorted the party to the road and gave them a ride back to their vehicles at the Crane Mountain trailhead. No further action was required and the incident concluded at 6:20 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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