New York forest rangers rescued a hiker with an injured leg on Wright Peak on Saturday, February 25.
According to officials with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, forest rangers received a report of the injured hiker shortly after 5 p.m.
Rangers reached the hiker, a 60-year-old woman from Canada, shortly before 8 p.m. They stabilized her leg and packed her into a tobaggan.
More than five rangers were involved in the carry out. Rangers used the tobaggan and a rope system to bring the hiker to the Adirondak Loj by 10:25 p.m.
The hiking party transported the injured hiker for further medical attention.
The following are other highlights from search and rescue missions conducted by New York Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers during the week of February 18 to 25.
Town of Elizabethtown
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 22 at 4:40 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a disoriented hiker in the vicinity of Bald Peak in the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area. The pair of hikers in their 20s from Rochester and Scottsville were concerned they would not make it out of the woods before dark and reported suffering from cramping and panic attacks. At 9:10 p.m., Rangers reached the subjects, warmed them, and started assisting the pair back to the trailhead. Rangers and the hikers reached the Bald Peak trailhead at 2:44 a.m.
Town of Woodstock
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m., Forest Rangers Franceschina, Horn, Martin, and Sweeney responded to a call for a camper in need of assistance in the Overlook Mountain Wild Forest near Echo Lake. The 18-year-old from Brooklyn ran out of food and water and was struggling walking to the trailhead. Rangers reached the subject at 2:35 p.m., provided food and water, and helped him back to the trailhead. Resources were clear at 4 p.m.
Town of Olive
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Forest Rangers Horn and Martin responded to a call for a lost hiker in Sundown Wild Forest. The 75-year-old from West Shokan lost the trail and her cell phone battery died, leaving her with no other source of light. Rangers reached the subject 15 minutes later and helped her back to her vehicle at the trailhead. Winter hikers are encouraged to come prepared for the outdoors. To learn more visit DEC’s Winter Hiking Safety webpage.