Rangers rescue man on Algonquin Peak

Forest Ranger Robert Praczkajlo re-energizes a hiker with some food Monday night after the hiker got lost on Algonquin Peak. (Photo provided by DEC)

LAKE PLACID — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a 38-year-old Ottawa man from near the summit of New York’s second-tallest peak Monday.

The man, whom DEC did not name, reportedly called for help at 2:44 p.m. Monday when he lost the trail near the summit of Algonquin Peak, due to strong winds above treeline. He could not follow an emergency dispatcher’s instructions to use a compass and get back on the trail, and he decided to stay where he was and seek shelter in a bivy, according to the DEC.

Two rangers took snowmobiles from the Adirondak Loj at 4:40 p.m. but could only make it to MacIntyre Brook due to open water and bad snow conditions. The rangers continued on foot and reached the hiker just before 9 p.m. The rangers provided warm clothes, food and fluids before beginning to descend with the man.

Additional rangers were stationed along the trail, and the man was returned to the trailhead at 12:16 a.m. Tuesday. He declined medical treatment.

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