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Rangers use a wheeled litter to transport an injured hiker from Rochester off Ampersand Mountain on Wednesday May 19. (Photo provided – DEC)

It has been a busy week for Rangers with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, involving seven wilderness rescue missions as well as two training sessions in Adirondack Park.

Training of assistant foresters

From May 16 to 21 (Sunday to Friday), the rangers organized the one-week annual training for 22 assistant rangers at the SUNY ESF ranger school in Wanakena. AFRs have completed advanced wilderness first aid and Leave No Trace Principles, and have also been instructed in Environmental Conservation Law and State Land Protection. AFRs participated in eight hours of real-life scenarios involving emergency mitigation, radio communications, public interaction and interpersonal skills. AFRs will be assigned to the hinterland areas of the state and will assist rangers in public education and awareness, search and rescue and forest fire suppression.

Rangers use a litter wheel to transport an injured hiker from Rensselaer off Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the Lake George Wild Forest area on Saturday May 22. (Photo provided – DEC)

Injured hiker on Whiteface

On Monday, May 17 at 2:47 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch was contacted regarding a 21-year-old Buffalo woman with an ankle injury on Whiteface Mountain in the city of Wilmington. Forest Rangers Robert Praczkajlo and Peter Evans responded to help. Once at the scene, Praczkajlo walked to the injured part and accompanied it to the trailhead at 3:37 pm The woman refused medical treatment, stating that she would seek medical attention herself. .

Hiker passed out

On Tuesday, May 18 at 8:15 p.m., Ranger Peter Evans responded to coordinates just north of Indian Falls in the Eastern High Peaks, town of North Elba, for a 20-year-old woman from Troy who has temporarily lost knowledge. on the track. She had regained consciousness and was hydrated with the help of her group of hikers. Evans met the group near Indian Falls at 10:15 pm After providing a medical assessment and additional hydration, the ranger led the hiker to the Adirondak Loj, arriving at 12:48 pm Subject declined. other medical care.

Ankle injury and ampersand

On Wednesday, May 19 at 1:38 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to the Ray Brook dispatch from DEC reporting a hiker with an ankle injury near the summit of Ampersand Mountain in the town of Harrietstown. Six rangers responded to help. At 4:30 p.m., the 30-year-old hiker from Rochester was helped off the mountain by rangers using a litter wheel system. Once back in the parking lot, the hiker indicated that she would seek further medical assistance on her own. All units were cleared of the incident at 4:45 p.m.

Lost by Lincoln Pond

On Thursday, May 20 at 6:32 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 requesting the assistance of a ranger in the search for a missing 29-year-old man from Port Henry in the Lincoln Pond area in the city. of Elizabethtown. Four rangers, along with members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, searched throughout the night as search plans were made for the next day. . Before sunset, State Police Aviation flew over the search area with negative results.

At 4 a.m. on May 21, the lost man was located 5.2 miles from his last known location, tired but undamaged. He had traveled logging roads and all-terrain vehicle trails to the hamlet of Westport, where he was located by State Police.

Rope rescue training

On Thursday May 20-21, DEC Region 5 Rangers participated in their annual Rope Rescue Training at Prospect Mountain in the town of Lake George. This year’s training focused on low and moderate angle rescues using the new litter wheel system. The Rangers spent two days brushing up their skills on anchoring and packing patients, as well as building, lifting and lowering systems.

The litter wheel system has already been used in several rescues this month. All state guards must maintain at least the operational level standards set by the Mountain Rescue Association. Rangers have the additional opportunity to upgrade to technician level to deepen their rope rescue skills.

Sleeping Beauty Deployment

On Saturday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m., Washington County 911 contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch to inform them of a 28-year-old woman from Rensselaer with a non-bearing ankle injury on the Sleeping Beauty Mountain Trail in the Lake George. Wild forest area in the town of Fort Ann. Lt. Nancy Ganswindt and Rangers Mark St. Claire and Callee Baker responded.

Once at the scene, the hiker was wrapped in litter by rangers and members of the West Fort Ann and Bay Ridge Fire Departments, as well as the Fort Ann Emergency Medical Services. The hiker was transported using the new litter wheel system in an all terrain vehicle and driven to the trailhead. The injured hiker was then handed over to EMS to be transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Hiker found at High Peaks

On Saturday, May 22 at 6:46 p.m. Essex County 911 transferred a call to the Ray Brook dispatch from DEC reporting that a 25 year old woman from Kinderhook was missing from the Upper Works trailhead in the High area Peaks Wilderness, in the town of Newcomb. . It was last seen by a hiker passing four hours earlier, about four miles from the trailhead. Rangers Scott Sabo Jr. and Logan Quinn responded, along with two assistant ranger and the Lake Colden warden. AFR Jackson said he located the missing hiker during her assigned trail sweep and then escorted her to the trailhead, where she reunited with her hiking group.

Injured on Marcy Trail

On Saturday, May 22 at 8:44 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a group in Indian Falls on the Mount Marcy Trailhead in the town of North Elba, reporting that a member of their party had a load-bearing rod. leg injury. The group expressed concern as they didn’t think their lightweight batteries would last long at the pace of their hike. Ranger Peter Evans responded with guard Marcy Dam.

After further questioning the group, Evans was informed that they last saw the injured hiker above the Hopkins Junction trail to Marcy. A member climbed back up and located the injured hiker one mile above Indian Falls. Subject reported that he needed water but would continue slowly on the trail.

Marcy Dam’s keeper continued to walk up the trail in their direction with supplies as Evans brought a UTV to Marcy Dam, where he walked behind the group. Once at Marcy Dam, the 22-year-old from Catskill was led out of the woods via UTV and reunited with the rest of his group of hikers. He refused further medical assistance.

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