November 17, 2012 Cool Crisp Clear Day
Periodically there are numbers on the blue trail blazes. The reason they are there is so that the Park's backcountry emergency responders will know what resources they need to bring in order to effectively help a hiker in trouble. Cell phone service will sometimes work high on the Ridge Trail. It will be tremendously helpful to the dispatcher if you can tell them where you are located compared to a blue blaze number. Besides the mechanism of injury, the nature of the injury, the weight of the patient will be important. There is an emergency phone on the outside of the Ranger Contact Station in the Old Rag Parking lot.