DEC Forest Ranger Lt. Brian Dubay points at a map of the Adirondack Loj region during a search last fall.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
• On Saturday, Jan. 21, at approximately 2:18 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an injured hiker. Kevin Cox, 61, of Troy, was snowshoeing with a group of eight when he twisted his knee near the summit of Lower Wolfjaw. State Police Aviation was unavailable due to potential for blowing snow; and snowmobiles were unable to be used due to lack of snow. Temperatures hovered near zero and below during the rescue. Members of the hiking party had been assisting Cox by "sliding" him down when he was unable to walk. Seven DEC Forest Rangers responded from the Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley with a rescue sled and met the group at 6:50 p.m., approximately 1/4 mile above the Wolfjaw lean-to. Cox was brought to the Garden parking area at approximately 11:10 p.m. and the group indicated they would transport him and obtain further medical attention.
“Dress properly with layers of wool and fleece (not cotton) clothing: a wool or fleece hat, gloves or mittens, wind/rain resistant outer wear, and winter boots,” Winchell said.
• On Saturday, Feb. 25, at approximately 4:50 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a cell phone call from Mike Jones, 42, of Andover, Conn., that was transferred from Essex County 911. Mr. Jones reported that he had attempted to hike to the top of Algonquin Mountain on Friday afternoon when he was forced off the trail by high winds and snow. He had bushwhacked down a drainage area and spent the night in a hole in the snow. In the morning he continued downhill until he encountered a trail marker and was able to obtain cell phone service. He had no idea where he was and stated he was wet and very cold. Jones also indicated that he was visiting the area by himself and had not told anyone of his plans to climb Algonquin Mountain, therefore nobody had, or could have, reported him missing.