An autopsy performed August 2 determined that missing hiker Ralph “Skip” Baker drowned in the East Branch of the Ausable River. The death was ruled accidental.
Missing hiker Ralph “Skip” Baker was found Tuesday by searchers in the East Branch of the Ausable River near the base of the Wolfjaw Mountains in the Great Range.
For years, volunteers have assisted DEC in responding to accidents at Adirondack cliffs, but at first their help wasn’t always wanted. By DON MELLOR Forest Ranger Rob Mecus got the call at 3:15 in the afternoon. A climber had fallen on Wallface. Rob had been at his Adirondack post for only a couple of years, but he knew what all longtime local climbers know—that Wallface was the worst-case scenario. It’s the biggest cliff in the state. It’s five miles from the road. There’s no nice trail to the top for a staging area. It’s blocky and loose. Three of the first four Adirondack climbing fatalities happened on this huge, remote piece of rock. The >>More
Rangers and state police fight fierce winds and dangerous cold to find woman and her young sons. By Mike Lynch Forest rangers and state police rescued a mother and her two preteen sons near the summit of Mount Marcy in mid- March after undertaking, in brutally cold conditions, one of the largest search operations of recent years. “As far as our urgency chart, this was way up there. We had many, many red flags popping up,” said Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff, who oversees rangers in Region 5 of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Potsdam resident Ningyun Cai and her two sons, ages seven and eleven, became lost in blustery >>More