There are certain items that a person should have when heading into the woods for ANY length of time. One of these items is a flashlight.
Each year, the NYS DEC Forest Rangers need to head out into the woods to assist people down off of mountains, or find a trail that they lost, or get back to their campsite because they didn’t bring a flashlight.
This time of year, the sun sets at around 4:30pm in the Adirondacks. This is far different than the daylight hours in the middle of the summer. If you’re planning on hiking in the Adirondacks, make sure you plan accordingly and research your trip! A hike that takes 10 hours in the middle of summer will likely have you starting or finishing in the dark in the late fall.
Plan your trip so that you will be out of the woods by dusk. If you want to do a long trip, or an overnighter, it’s much easier to start in the dark and hike through the day than it is to start in the light and hike into the night!
ALWAYS bring a flashlight, regardless of what you are planning. You don’t want to end up on the NYS DEC Search & Rescue Report because you didn’t have a light (like 4 out of 5 cases a few weeks ago).
Updated trail conditions for #Adirondacks: http://bit.ly/ADKtrails
Resources: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday, November 13, 2015