New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers credit an alert group of hikers from SUNY Cortland for assisting a man in need in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area on Thursday morning.
According to the Rangers, at 8:40 am on Thursday, a SUNY Cortland hiking group leader reported concerns about a hiker the group encountered at the Cold River lean-to #4 on the Northville-Placid Trail.
The hiker was identified as a 63-year-old male from Sunderland, Mass. The SUNY Cortland hikers said the man seemed disoriented and distressed.
He advised the passing group he would be hiking to Plumley Point that day.
Rangers contacted the reporting party and after evaluating the circumstances, agreed the subject needed assistance and planned to intercept and retrieve the man.
Forest Rangers Jim Waters and Robert Zurek located the hiker at Shattuck Clearing.
He was given food and water and escorted out 2.5 miles to the northern boundary of Huntington Forest.
Forest Ranger Lt. Brian Dubay met the hiker and Rangers and transported the hiker to a hotel in Ticonderoga near the Amtrak station.
The hiker requested no further medical care.
Note: The DEC report did not further identify the SUNY Cortland Hikers.