I've been actively involved in NY SAR for 25 years. While there are plenty of cases of people injured or unprepared and making major mistakes, even egregious and stupid moves, AFAIK, no one has ever been charged for any of them and there has not been any serious official talk to go in that direction. Many people are assisted with injury or navigation problems (rescued) every week during the busy seasons, most being resolved within just a few hours, including expensive helicopter extractions. A few difficult cases may take a bit longer and involve massive resources over many days. If you go to the NYSDEC website and look at weekly press releases, you can read brief accounts of Ranger activities for the week.No plan. But currently DEC is not charging for rescues unless it's an egregious case. So there is no insurance that you are required or suggested to get.
Not to worry. I always carry a light. Came in handy once on a 14 hr 'forced march' out of the Pemi thru Z-notch.
S&N are not far from the the trailhead at the ADK center. As a result, are there a lot of hikers heading there?
Very old post, but still 100% true:
Time to do something about this.
But all our state knows how to do is close parking areas and create traffic danger.
Try reading this: "Lost Person Behavior: A search and rescue guide on where to look - for land, air and water" by Robert J. Koesterno one has really done a good job of analyzing data, understanding human behavior, and implementing common sense policies. Oh well...
Try reading this: "Lost Person Behavior: A search and rescue guide on where to look - for land, air and water" by Robert J. Koester
Thousands of past cases were analyzed for this book, resulting in standard SAR protocols for different statistical categories of lost persons that most serious SAR organizations (at least certainly NYSDEC Rangers) utilize when planning a major SAR operation. It is amazing how successful the results can be. From time to time a training course is offered based on the contents of this book.