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Maine Warden Service Urges Hikers To Be Careful In The Heat

After responding to two heat-related emergencies this week, the Maine Warden Service is urging hikers to be prepared before setting out on Maine's rigorous Appalachian Trail.

Maine Warden Corporal John MacDonald says the service received a call Thursday from a 21-year-old woman hiking southbound and complaining of nausea. She received medical treatment at the scene and was then transported to a hospital in Greenville.

Tuesday a 67-year-old man was assisted off the trail with heat exhaustion and brought to a hospital for evaluation.

MacDonald recommends hikers to leave detailed hiking plans before hitting the trail, to bring several days of food, water and basic survival equipment, to stay on marked trails, to stay up to date on the weather, and to invest in satellite-based GPS communication devices.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.