Hiker injured below Wittenberg Mountain

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Hiker injured below Wittenberg Mountain

New postby dave » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:04 pm

Town of Shandaken in Ulster County

Wilderness Rescue
: On Oct. 14 at 10:22 p.m., Ulster County 911 contacted DEC's Central Office Dispatch with a report of an overdue hiker. The hiker's girlfriend contacted 911 stating he was overdue and unprepared for an overnight stay. Forest Rangers Slade and Martin responded, arriving at the Woodland Valley trailhead at 11:50 p.m. The Rangers hiked up the trail and made voice contact with the 28-year-old hiker from Hastings-on-Hudson at 3 a.m. The hiker was a quarter of a mile off the trail and about a half mile below the summit. The hiker stated that he lost daylight on his descent and planned on using a cell phone light to get out of the woods, but quickly lost the trail. He also fell over a five-foot ledge due to darkness, injuring his left knee. The hiker intended to spend the night in place and try to find the trail at first light. Rangers provided him with food, water, and a light source and escorted the hiker back down the trail, arriving at the trailhead at 5:15 a.m.
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