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Early Spring Results in Many Hiking Rescues

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

The Adirondacks - Our Great National Playground

We had a mild-Winter and Spring appeared almost instantly this year. This resulted in a plethora of hiking related Search and Rescues by DEC.

  • Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.
  • Drink plenty of water, eat food to keep up you energy and rest often.
  • Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them. Carry a flashlight or headlamp at all times.
  • When hiking in groups, even pairs, stay together – know the location of all group members at all times. Don’t hike alone.
  • Monitor your health and carry any required medication with you when hiking.
  • Be prepared to spend an unexpected night in the woods and pack plenty of food and water, extra clothing, flashlight/headlamp, ensolite pads, stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blanket.
  • Always inform someone of your itinerary.
  • Know your route, the terrain and your physical capabilities.

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