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Climber Survives 60 Foot Fall in Sleeping Giant State Park

WFSB reports Hamden fire officials say a Ridgefield man has been badly injured in a fall down the face of a cliff at Sleeping Giant State Park. Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Nilson was injured yesterday after his rappelling equipment failed and he plummeted 60 feet. It took about three hours for the Hamden Fire Departments Mountain Rescue Team to secure Nilson and bring him to a waiting ambulance. Police and fire personnel say Nilson had a possible broken hip, leg and arm, as well as lacerations to his head, although none of his injuries were life-threatening.

Whitney, Clingmans, Frissell Most Popular Highpoints on Trails.Com

Trails.com has issued its list of most popular (and presumably most downloaded) trails. The downloaded trails are heavily weighted to the Northeast and the New York City metro area in particular with Breakneck Ridge Trail being #1. You might recall my last reporting about being escorted at gunpoint in January 2003 after missing the trailhead and wandering too close to New York City’s water supply tunnel which crosses the Hudson from the Catskills. So, it probably is a good idea to have a map even if the Metro North train actually drops you off at the trailhead (the only trail in the NYC metro area with such specific connections).
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