Rangers stay busy as warm fall brings hikers to Adirondacks

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped with wildfires and prescribed burns in the Capital Region last week as well as rescuing numerous lost and injured people throughout the Adirondack counties.

Town of Moriah

Five forest rangers responded to a request for help from the state police on Oct. 3 after a 78-year-old man was reported missing in Mineville.

Word of the search quickly spread through town, and it was discovered that the subject had been staying with family. The family notified the state police, and after verifying the man’s whereabouts, the search was called off.

Town of St. Armand

A 64-year-old Bloomingdale woman became lost near Moose Pond on Oct. 3 after losing her way in the woods.

Three rangers responded and used sirens to alert the woman to their location, but she couldn’t tell which direction the sirens were coming from. Two rangers entered the woods and established voice contact with the subject, who was then escorted back to her house.

Town of Keene

Just after 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, two hikers called for help while descending Giant Mountain. A 46-year-old female was suffering from nausea, headaches and weakness.

A ranger was dispatched and located the pair just below Giant’s Washbowl and, after providing the subject with water, walked the pair back to the trailhead at 8:30 p.m.

Town of Keene

On Friday, Oct. 6, a DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call about a 51-year-old man who had possibly dislocated his knee almost a mile from the junction of Gill Brook on Mount Colden.

More than a dozen rangers were dispatched in anticipation of a carry-out but called for a state police helicopter evacuation after evaluating the man. He was airlifted to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Town of Newcomb

Two women called for help after becoming lost near the Macomb Slide in the Dix Mountain Wilderness on Oct. 7.

Two rangers spent the night looking for the women on trails, herd paths and campsites, but came up empty. The following morning, more rangers joined the search and located the pair in good health on the Dix trail about a quarter-mile from the Elk Lake trailhead.

Town of Dresdens

A 53-year-old man from Troy suffered a possible leg injury on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Two rangers joined state police aviation while two other rangers entered the woods on foot. The man was packaged into a litter for an airlift to a waiting ambulance.

Town of Keene

On Sunday, Oct. 8, staff at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center requested ranger assistance for a 61-year-old man with a leg injury on Mount Jo.

Four rangers responded and stabilized the injury before beginning a carry-out of the subject. The man declined further medical treatment.

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