As rescues rise, rangers to talk to hik­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) >> As rangers res­cue more hik­ers in the Adirondacks, state of­fi­cials are tak­ing an ex­tra step to make sure hik­ers are pre­pared.

The state Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion says that start­ing this month, rangers and oth­ers will talk to hik­ers at trail­heads and on the trails about proper prepa­ra­tion.

The pro­gram will start in High Peaks Wilder­ness on Feb. 16-18. For­est Rangers, Adiron­dack Moun­tain Club sum­mit stew­ards and lo­cal vol­un­teers will help make sure hik­ers are prop­erly dressed and equipped.

Rangers have been called out on more back­coun­try search and res­cue mis­sions, es­pe­cially in the High Peaks. There has been an av­er­age of 97 search and res­cue in­ci­dents per year in the last four years. That’s up from an av­er­age of 65 in­ci­dents per year in the pre­vi­ous four-year pe­riod.

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