Ranger Report: DEC helps lost, injured hikers

Ranger Report

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers assisted a group of hikers in the High Peaks Wilderness and used a boat to rescue a lost hiker in the central Adirondacks this past week.

Town of North Elba

On Wednesday, May 1 at 8:43 p.m., DEC dispatch received a transferred 911 call about a hiking group on Algonquin Peak with a 19-year-old male who was repeatedly slipping and falling. Coordinates for the caller’s phone put the group less than a mile from Marcy Dam, but the call was lost.

Rangers responded to Marcy Dam on a UTV via the truck trail but could not find the group. DEC dispatch connected with another member of the group after state police provided a second phone number. The hikers said they thought they were about a mile from the Adirondak Loj past Marcy Dam, and Ranger James Giglinto proceeded down that trail to catch up with the group. The hikers reached the Loj just after midnight, after mistakenly taking a longer route. Rangers said the 19-year-old Brooklyn man did not have appropriate gear for the hike.

Town of Long Lake

On Saturday, May 4 just after 2 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch from a 62-year-old Pennsylvania man who became lost while hiking back from Bum Pond.

Based on the man’s last known point and direction of travel, rangers established he was on the shore of Little Tupper Lake. Two rangers responded from the Whitney Headquarters via boat and located the man in good health.