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Forest rangers recue hiker lost for days in swamp and "covered in bug bites"

Wet swampland in the Adirondacks
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Forest rangers rescued a hiker who got lost in the Adirondacks for days, and was eventually discovered in wet swampland with his boots in tatters, and his face covered in bug bites.

The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York are known for their stunning scenery, including waterfalls, as well as their wetlands. Water here is often shallow, but can be up to six feet deep, meaning it's essential for walkers to take care.

The 58-year-old hiker was visiting from Singapore, and was exploring the High Peaks region, which is renowned for its meadows, wetlands, streams, and forests. The man had been in regular contact with his wife at first, but she called the authorities after she didn't hear from him for two days.

As North Country Public Radio (opens in new tab) reports, rangers found the man's rental car, and discovered that he had signed the trail register but not signed out. The register system was introduced last year (opens in new tab) to reduce traffic on local roads, but serves a dual purpose of helping keep tabs on hikers.

Assuming that the hiker must have strayed off the trail, 11 rangers began searching with the help of a police helicopter, and eventually found him in a swampy area. Officials say that he was covered in bug bikes, his boots were falling apart, and his pants were in tatters, but he was otherwise unharmed and was released after being examined by emergency medical services.

Hiking alone can be exhilarating, but it's important to be aware of the risks, such as being unable to call for help if you have an accident or get lost. Always make sure you research your route ahead of time, stick to trails, know how to navigate using a map and compass, tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be back, and take your phone. For more advice, see our tips on hiking alone.

Cat Ellis
Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).