Ulster County in Town of Shandaken
Wilderness Search: On Feb. 21 at 11:02 a.m., Forest Ranger Franceschina received a call from DEC Dispatch about a 21-year-old hiker from Connecticut who was lost on Balsam Cap. Rangers Franceschina and Martin made cell phone contact with the subject who was in good health but had been hiking in circles for a while. Rangers suggested the subject build a fire and wait for their arrival. When Rangers got close to the summit, they tried to make voice contact with the subject but didn't get a response. At 2 p.m., Rangers were at the path junction for Balsam Cap and Friday Mountain and successfully made voice contact with the subject. Another hiker had passed the lost hiker and offered to help him down the path to Moon Haw Road. Rangers met the two hikers and assisted both. Resources were clear at 3:30 p.m.
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