Rangers rescue solo rock climber, bee sting sufferer

Ranger Report

Last week in the Adirondacks, state forest rangers airlifted a woman suffering a severe reaction to bee stings and also rescued a solo climber who got stranded on a cliff at Chapel Pond.

Town of Keene

On Monday, Aug. 14, an 18-year-old male became stranded about 50 feet up the “Shipton’s Arete” climbing route at Chapel Pond.

Two forest rangers responded and quickly reached the man. A licensed climbing guide who was nearby assisted them. The stranded climber was lowered to the ground safely.

Town of Lake George

A family called for help after becoming lost near Berry Mill Pond outside of Lake George on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The woman called the local ranger directly.

After arriving at the scene, the ranger located the family, who had already found their way back to the trail.

Town of Bolton

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, a group of hikers called for help after losing their way while hiking the Tongue Mountain Range in Lake George. The group had lost the way and wound up on the lake side of the mountain range. The group was unprepared, with little water and no lights.

A ranger made contact with the hikers and determined it would be best to pick them up at the lake trail using a ranger vessel. He then transported the four hikers back to the village of Lake George.

Town of Keene

Essex County 911 notified the state Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch of a woman who appeared to be suffering a severe reaction to bee stings on Saturday, Aug. 19. Three rangers responded, with one on foot and the other two on a state police helicopter. The helicopter also included a flight paramedic.

One ranger and the paramedic were lowered to the ground near the family of six that had been attacked by a swarm of bees. A 27-year-old woman was suffering from a severe allergic reaction and was airlifted to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid for treatment. The others in her party were able to walk out of the woods on their own.


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