Two hikers missing in the Adirondack High Peaks since Sunday have reportedly been found alive.
According to a report on WWNYTV.com, rangers found the hikers around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and were working to evacuate them. There was no word on their condition.
The two hikers, Blake Alois, 20, and Madison Popolizio, 19, both of Niskayuna, New York, left the Adirondak Loj Trailhead on Sunday morning, December 12, to hike to the summit of Algonquin Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness, in Keene, New York.
At 5:42 pm on Sunday DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a phone call from concerned family members reporting that they had not received any communication from the hikers since approximately noon. They had provided photos and videos of their hike at that time in which both appeared in good condition and wearing winter clothing.
DEC Forest Rangers located the pair’s vehicle and began searching the trails to Algonquin Mountain and to Lake Colden until 3:45 am.
On Monday, more than 20 Forest Rangers, searched the trails and drainage systems in the area around Algonquin Mountain. Snow, clouds and winds prevented the use of any aviation resources and made for difficult search conditions.
Today, two dozen Forest Rangers, accompanied by members of the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team, were continuing the search, along with State Police Aviation Units joining the search this morning.
Searchers faced below freezing temperatures, wind chills below zero, and three feet or more of snow.