Town of HunterGreen CountyVertical Ice Climbing Training:
On Feb. 5, Forest Rangers from DEC’s Region 4 trained with Alpine Endeavors, a local climbing guide service, on vertical ice climbing techniques.
Forest Rangers Lt. Dave Pachan, Rob Dawson, Dave Nally, Hannah O’Connor, Melissa Milano, and Dylan McCartney participated.
Five guides from Alpine Endeavors led the training event in the Kaaterskill Clove off State Route 23A in the town of Hunter. The training gave the Rangers the opportunity to climb vertical ice walls and employ rope gear in cold weather.
Vertical ice climbing is a popular winter recreational activity enjoyed by many people this time of year in the Catskill Mountains. Rangers train to bolster their climbing experience and to better prepare for winter rescues.
Last year, certified guides assisted Rangers on a back country rescue at a popular ice climbing spot in the Indian Head Wilderness off Platte Clove Road.