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 rescues in the Catskills by Rangers and local SARS, emergency squads and fire departments show otherwise. Learn!
Town of Shandaken, Ulster County
Wilderness Rescue: On August 17 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Rangers Brand, Stratton, Martin, and Franke responded to the Giant Ledge Trail following a report of a female hiker with a right ankle injury. Rangers Martin and Brand located the 28-year-old woman from Brooklyn at 3 p.m., placed a splint on her injured leg, and packaged her up to be transported by litter to a waiting UTV. At 4:36 p.m., Rangers Stratton and Franke reported the subject was out of the woods and being treated by local EMS at the trailhead. Emergency personnel then transported the woman to a local hospital for additional treatment.
Town of Hunter/Kaaterskill Wild Forest, Green County
Wilderness Rescue: On August 18 at 2:15 p.m., DEC’s Central Dispatch received word that a 72-year-old hiker from East Hills had suffered an unstable lower leg injury on the Escarpment Trail, south of Sunset Rock. Forest Rangers Breigle, Dawson, Fox, Assistant Forest Ranger France, and members of the Haines Falls Fire Department, Tannersville Rescue Squad, and a Greene County Paramedic responded to assist. Once on scene, Forest Rangers hiked in and located the injured hiker less than a mile from the trailhead. The Rangers splinted the woman’s ankle, packaged her in a Stokes basket with a rescue wheel, and carried her out to the trailhead using rope rescue techniques. After being brought out to North/South Lake Campground at 5:10 p.m., the hiker was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Town of Hunter, Greene County
Wilderness Rescue: On August 22 at 11:37 a.m., DEC’s Central Dispatch contacted Forest Ranger Fox regarding a 14-year-old hiker from Queens with a suspected leg injury on the yellow trail to Kaaterskill Falls. Forest Rangers Fox, Jackson, and Skudlarek responded to assist. Once on scene, Forest Rangers and EMS provided first aid, packaged up the hiker, and using technical rope systems, raised the hiker from the bottom of the falls. The hiker was then assisted out using a trail to 23A, reaching the road at 2:15 p.m. She was subsequently transported to a local hospital by Hunter Ambulance for further medical treatment.
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, 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.