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Schenectady hiker thanks DEC rangers for saving his life

August 22, 2018 06:55 PM

A Schenectady man is alive and he wants everyone to know how lucky he is that DEC rangers were able to find him.

On Sunday morning, Lecco Morris headed out to the Dix Mountain Range and planned to do an 18-mile loop over the five high peaks in that section of the Adirondacks.

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He shared his story on Facebook. He admitted that he was unprepared for the difficulty of the trails.

SO: I got choppered out of the high peaks wilderness by the DEC yesterday after a completely unprepared-for overnight in...

Posted by Lecco Morris on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

He eventually lost his way and with darkness approaching realized he wasn't making it out until morning.

He was able to make a fire to keep warm and he cooked salamanders on it to eat in the morning.

Eventually, a chopper saw the smoke and was able to land and brought him to safety.

Morris said he only had three liters of water, three apples, two Clif bars, two lighters and a penknife with him, which he knows wasn't enough.

The DEC suggests if you're planning a hike, don't go out alone, know your skill level so you don't get overwhelmed by trails you may not be able to handle and let others know where you're going, so if you do have a problem, they'll be able to let the authorities know.

The DEC has other tips showing you what to pack for hikes, which you can find below.


MORE INFORMATIONHiking safety: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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