Upon returning to the same crossing, the river had swollen dramatically from all-day heavy rains. Now stranded with rapids separating them from the trailhead, the two females and one male hiker from Minnesota called to see what they should do.
The following are forest ranger actions from August 12-18. The information is provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town of Keene Essex County Wilderness Rescue: On August 12 at 12:11 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a man reporting that his wife had a non-weight bearing ankle injury on the side of Little Porter Mountain. The injury occurred when she and two others went off the hiking trail. Coordinates provided by Essex County 911 placed the hikers just over a half-mile from where they started their hike in Keene Valley. Forest Rangers Robbi Mecus, Kevin Burns, >>More
On Aug. 5 at 11:25 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an overdue trail runner on the Deer Pond Trails. The 19-year-old runner from Mexico runs on trails daily but was unfamiliar with this particular trail system.
DEC’s Raybrook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 61-year-old male hiker from Savannah, NY, who suffered a cardiac event one-quarter of a mile from the summit of Mount Marcy.
On June 15 at 1:24 a.m., Central Dispatch received a call from Tupper Lake Police requesting assistance in locating a 62-year-old male last seen at his residence on June 12.
The hikers said they believed they were just over a mile from the Adirondak Loj past Marcy Dam.
Forest Ranger John Franceschina responded to two small wildfires caused by phragmites burning in Flushing Meadows Park. The wildfires totaled 1.1 acres and were suppressed by the New York City Fire Department. These were the first reported wildfires in the state, marking the beginning of the 2019 spring fire season.
Even as thousands more hikers and campers poured into the Adirondack backcountry patrolled by forest rangers over the past decade, state data show ticket writing has dropped by the hundreds.
Forest rangers, Adirondack Mountain Club stewards and educators, and the Adirondack 46ers’ volunteer trailhead stewards will promote proper planning and preparation through direct conversations with hikers at the High Peaks Information Center, trailheads and on the trails.
Thirty-four forest rangers and a dozen volunteers saved a hiker’s life after he injured his leg on an icy cliff on the remote Saddleback Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness in early February.