Rangers, State Police track down overdue hiker

LAKE PLACID — Forest rangers made one rescue in the Adirondacks in the past week — finding a Washington County woman who was overdue on a hiking trip in the High Peaks Wilderness.

On Saturday at 7:19 a.m., a caller contacted the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ray Brook Dispatch asking for help finding a 46-year-old woman from Greenwich who was overdue from hiking Marcy, Skylight and Gray mountains. The caller was concerned because the woman had begun her hike the day before at 4:30 a.m. and had not returned more than 24 hours later.

Three DEC forest rangers were dispatched and located the hiker’s vehicle at the Adirondak Loj property owned and run by the Adirondack Mountain Club. State Police Aviation assistance was requested to fly the Four Corners, Summit and Panther Gorge. Additional rangers joined the search, as well as the DEC’s Lake Colden caretaker, who checked the area between Feldspar and Lake Tear of the Clouds. Attempts were made to ping the subject’s phone, with no success.

As rangers made sweeps of the trails at higher elevations, Ranger Sarah Bode located the hiker on a trail. The woman hiked out on her own power, exiting the woods at 2:53 p.m., and was brought to the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center for treatment.

The DEC reminds hikers that they should always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, carry essentials in a day pack, use maps and guides to plan their trip, leave trip plans with friends or family, be realistic about fitness and skill level, check the weather forecast, and have emergency phone numbers handy — such as 911 and DEC emergency dispatch: 518-408-5850 or 518-891-0235 in the Adirondacks. Check www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28708.html for a complete list to prepare for a responsible hike.


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