Thursday, January 11, 2024

Multiple agencies assist severely injured Pitchoff Mt. ice climber

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Jan. 9 at 9:20 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch assigned seven Forest Rangers to respond to a call for a seriously injured ice climber at the Pitchoff Mountain ice climbing area off Route 73. At 10:15 a.m., Rangers, along with Keene and Keene Valley fire departments, reached the 36-year-old, set up a low-angle rope rescue system, and lowered the subject several hundred feet to an ambulance waiting on Route 73. At 10:28 a.m., the patient was flown to the hospital by a LifeNet helicopter.

Video of the rescue effort is available to download (2 MB).

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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