Hiker dies near Marcy Dam

LAKE PLACID — A 68-year-old hiker from Pennsylvania died near Marcy Dam this past Friday after suffering a “medical emergency,” the state Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed Sunday.

Because of privacy concerns, the DEC did not specify what kind of medical emergency the hiker experienced.

The hiker’s hiking companion set off an SOS signal from their satellite phone. Forest rangers were notified and nine rangers responded at 2:15 p.m., according to DEC Public Information Officer John Salka.

Ranger Peter Evans found the hiker, who had died.

Rangers were able to carry him out by approximately 5:30 p.m., according to Salka.

The hiker’s daughter, who declined to share his name for privacy reasons, described him as an experienced hiker who loved the Adirondacks.

“He was a big lover of nature,” his daughter, who asked to not be named for privacy reasons, said Sunday. “He had a great fondness for the Adirondack area and always really enjoyed his time visiting the parks.”


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