Wednesday July 28, 2021
Rangers locate late hiker Marcy with injured knee
Recent actions from NYS DEC rangers:
City of North Elba
Wilderness research: On July 22 at 11 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a pair of hikers reporting that a member of their group was late for the Mount Marcy hike in the High Peaks Wilderness. Ranger LaPierre responded to Adirondak Loj parking lot to interview the report. At 1:36 a.m., Ranger LaPierre located the 33-year-old from New York City above the Marcy Dam trail. The subject had sustained a knee injury, was unable to walk, and was likely dehydrated. The Ranger stoked the injury and provided the hiker with heat, food and water. She escorted the hiker to the outpost and put him in a sleeping bag so he could rest while the Ranger returned to the Loj. Ranger LaPierre then drove a UTV to pick up the subject, and at 4:45 a.m. the hiker was reunited with his group and taken away for further medical attention.
Wakely dam ultra-marathon
Planned event: On July 24, Rangers Nally, Scott and Lomnitzer and Assistant Ranger O’Connell, along with Piseco EMS, provided event and emergency response support for the Wakely Dam Ultra Marathon. The 60-person ultra-marathon started at the Wakely Dam in the Moose River Plains Recreation Area and continued on the Northville Lake Placid Trail through the Lakes Wilderness Area of ââWestern Canada , ending at Piseco airport in the town of Arietta. Rangers coordinated with race officials and pre-positioned themselves inside the wilderness, where they were able to assist and evacuate two injured participants during the 10-hour race.
Town of Fort Ann
Wilderness research: At 7:22 p.m. on July 24, Rangers Donegan and Savarie responded to a call for help from a group of hikers on Buck Mountain in the Lake George Wilderness. Hikers reported that while exploring the top of the mountain, a 14-year-old hiker from Mahwah, New Jersey, got away from the group and disappeared. As the Rangers made their way to meet the group, the missing girl left the mountain to join a trail on the other side. Ranger Donegan met the group of hikers and escorted them out of the mountain, reuniting them with the missing girl at 11:25 pm.
Update of the contact details of the forest rangers: DEC moved to a single number for shipping. If someone needs a ranger, for search and rescue, or to report a forest fire, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS (833-697-7264). Those in need of urgent assistance should continue to call 911. To contact a ranger for information on a specific location, visit the DEC website.
Make sure you prepare well and plan ahead before entering the backcountry. Visit the DECs Smart NY hike, Information about the Adirondack hinterland, and Catskill hinterland information web pages for more information.