Dogs Proving They Are A Mountaineer's Best Friend


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Safe Navigation In Adirondack Park

by Sally Harper, Writer



With over 2000 miles of trails to explore, Adirondack Park is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing walk through this wonderful countryside. There is so much to explore that you will be hard pushed to decide what to see. Trekkers love the woods, the tall grass and all the different types of terrain to explore. Yet Adirondacks also has some treacherous terrain to navigate and there are a total of three search and rescue teams operating in the area, covering the Lower Adirondack, Central Adirondack and Northern Adirondack territories.


The Role of SAR in State Parks


Rescue services are often volunteer-led and are deployed to help find lost or trapped people in the wilderness. Usually, once a distress call is received, an officer will activate the team who give up their time, equipment and transportation to dedicate towards finding a missing person.


In some situations, rescue dogs may be called upon to exhibit incredible traits of stamina and bravery in locating a person who has got into difficulty while trekking or climbing. Dogs are well-known for possessing incredible loyalty and are true heroes when it comes to SAR duties.


Introducing Jackson


Perhaps one creature who should be considered for a volunteer mountain rescue role, is the famous local dog, Jackson. Along with his owner Christopher, Jackson has climbed 46 Adirondacks high peaks 3 times over. Much like official rescue dogs, Jackson often figures out how to navigate a particularly complex part of a climb before his owner gets there.


Jackson was adopted from a dog shelter by Christopher nearly nine years ago when he was a puppy. Every season since then, Jackson and his owner climb and reclimb the park’s iconic peaks.


Of course, not all man and canine pairings are as ambitious as this brave and adventurous duo. For those who want to enjoy the park in a more relaxed manner, check out a couple of the following locations in Adirondacks.


Dean Farm Heritage Trail


These trails are designed to be accessible to handicapped people so you have several miles of flat pathways gently undulating through the woods. This is the perfect place if you or your companion are new to hiking as the terrain is easy to negotiate. However, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, there are more challenging trails across the road.


Lake Placid


Probably one of the parks most famous lakes, it has a multitude of activities for all the family. The nice thing about this area is there are many types of trails you can enjoy from 1-2 hours, right up to over eight hours. Some of the paths are quite rocky so they may not be suitable for your furry friend.


One of the best trails is the 2.7-mile walk around the beautiful Mirror Lake. Not only do you get the lovely sunshine, your dog can also enjoy splashing in the water.


Safety is, of course, important and you need to make sure you have enough supplies for both you and your dog. Always ensure that you make someone aware of the area you will be hiking in so you can avoid having to make your very own call to SAR.



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