Missing Hiker Found In Adirondacks, Tells His Story

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A 58 year old Canton man who had been lost for several days in the Adirondacks is safe and now home with his family.

Larry White calls himself an experienced hiker who never lost his way before.

However, he says that all changed last Saturday when he took the wrong trail.

White says he tried to back track and use his compass to find his way, but nothing helped.

Fortunately, he had planned to be out in the woods for seven to 10 days, which means he brought enough food, a tent and a sleeping bag.

White had to drink from a stream.

"There aren't many water fountains out there," he joked.

One thing White needed was his medication for epilepsy.

He was concerned the medicine would run out so he had to ration it.

At 9 a.m. on Thursday, authorities were told that White was overdue on the Northville-Placid Tail from Lake Placid to Long Lake. 

He had been expected to arrive in Long Lake on Wednesday.

Search teams began combing a 37-mile section of the Northville-Placid Trail and surrounding trail systems and wilderness areas.
 
Forest Rangers searched the area on foot while State Police used a helicopter to look for White.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, White was found just off the trail near Noah Rondeau's Hermitage.

White says he heard people in the woods so he blew a whistle to signal distress.

Hikers found him and brought him to safety.

According to Peter Constantakes, acting director of Public Information for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, White appeared exhausted and dehydrated. 

He was given food and water before an all-terrain vehicle took him out of the woods.

White refused medical treatment and went home with his family.

Now that he can look back on his ordeal. he says he wished he had brought a mirror with him to be able to signal planes he had seen flying overhead.

Asked if he had any advice for other hikers, he said, "Try to plan, if possible, for the unexpected."
 

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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