LAKE PLACID – An injured hiker from Saratoga Springs was rescued from Gothics Mountain in Essex County Sunday morning after spending a night out in the elements with two injured legs, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday.
The man, 53, was taken for treatment by helicopter and ambulance. An update on his condition Monday was not available. His name was not released.
The initial call came in at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of an overdue hiker who had been planning to climb Gothics, the DEC said.
A ranger who responded to the initial call then found the man’s vehicle about two hours later, just after 11:30 p.m., in a parking lot at Roaring Brook, officials said.
That ranger and another ranger then searched the valley through the night, but couldn’t find the hiker. Then 12 rangers, along with volunteers from the Adirondacks Climbers Association joined the search in the morning, officials said.
Rangers finally located the man at about 10:10 a.m. about two miles from the Roaring Brook trailhead. The man was suffering from what officials described as two unstable leg injuries.
Then, 21 Rangers from three regions helped carry the man out. New York State Police Aviation hoisted the injured climber to safety.
Weather conditions forced the helicopter to land in Ray Brook and the hiker was taken by Saranac Rescue to the hospital, officials said.