DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights
Many people think the Catskills are full of simple easy hikes to its highest peaks. These excerpts from the latest Rangers of rescue in the Catskills show otherwise. Enjoy!
Kaaterskill Wild Forest
Wilderness Rescue: On July 20 at 2:15 p.m., DEC’s Central Dispatch was notified that a 72-year-old man from Galloway, New Jersey, slipped on wet rocks near Kaaterskill Falls causing an ankle injury. Forest Rangers Breigle, Dawson, and Fox and Assistant Forest Rangers France and Lasselle responded to the scene. The hiker was immobilized in a vacuum air mattress and placed into a litter. He was then carried out to a Ranger’s vehicle and transported to the trailhead. The hiker stated he would seek additional medical care on his own.
Town of Shandaken
Wilderness Rescue: On July 26 at 3:40 p.m., Forest Ranger Martin overheard a call for an injured hiker on Giant’s Ledge. Ranger Martin arrived on scene with Shandaken EMS and Big Indian Fire Department. The Chief of the Big Indian Fire Department reported a hiker suffering from heat stroke approximately five miles up the blue trail. At 4:05 p.m., Ranger Martin entered the woods hiking toward Giant’s Ledge from the CR 47 parking area. At 4:55 p.m., the Ranger located the ill hiker and his partner near the corner of Giant’s Ledge and Panther Mountain. The 42-year-old hiker from Ulster Park was dehydrated and suffering from severe cramping. After receiving water and food, the group hiked out to a waiting UTV on the Winnisook Trail and transported out.
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.