In the High Peaks Wilderness in Keene, New York, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call at 10:40 a.m. on January 24 requesting assistance for an injured hiker below the slide on Lower Wolf Jaw. Hiking partners reported a 21-year-old male from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had lost his footing and slid down the slide, injuring his lower leg. Seven DEC Forest Rangers responded, and one forest ranger was lowered into Lower Wolf Jaw by the New York State Police Aviation Unit. Rangers assessed and secured the hiker. State police hoisted him out and flew him to Marcy Field where a North Country Life Flight medic was picked up. The helicopter transported the hiker to Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake for treatment. The incident concluded at 12:40 p.m.Minutes after, at 12:50 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiking party advising one of their members, a 75-year-old male from Plattsburgh, New York, was in medical distress in Dannemora. They reported their location to be at the junction of the old Lyon Mountain Trail and the new Lyon Mountain Trail. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded and reached the hiker at 1:54 p.m. Rangers assessed the hiker and transported him down the mountain by snowmobile where the Lyon Mountain EMS met them. The incident concluded at 2:30 p.m.
Mount Colden in the High Peaks Region as seen from Marcy Dam. (Wikimedia Photo)