State Forest Rangers rescue hikers unprepared for trek
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:08:57 GMT —
State forest rangers say they had to rescue two men who started a nearly 40-mile hike in the Adirondack High Peaks while improperly clothed for the below freezing conditions and carrying only two bagels and one canteen of water.
Rangers tell the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that 22-year-old Stephen Hine of Philadelphia and 26-year-old Kyle Austin of Syracuse set out at 1 a.m. Sunday from Long Lake in Hamilton County, intending to hike a 38-mile trail to Lake Placid.
The wife of one of the men called authorities late Sunday night to report they were overdue. Rangers found the men around 12:30 p.m. Monday off the trail in southeastern Franklin county.
Rangers say both men had low body core temperatures. They were treated at a hospital and released.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise