Category Archives: New York

Backcountry Accidents: Fatalities at Mount Gilip, Colorado and Leonard Harrison Park in New York

Man falls to death on Mt. Gilpin
Durango Herald – Durango,CO,USA

A Fort Collins man spending Father’s Day climbing Mt. David Lauer, 64, was climbing the 13,694-foot peak with Anna Milburn-Lauer.

Marine dies in fall at park
Elmira Star-Gazette – Elmira,NY,USA

By BROOKE J. SHERMAN. WELLSBORO – A member of the Parris Island Marine Band died Sunday in Leonard Harrison State Park in a hiking accident.

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February 2, 2006 Linkage

State Highpoint News

Mt. Hood snowpack 122 percent of average

05:34 PM PST on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
More than three times the amount of snow has fallen this year atop Mount Hood than last year, reaping benefits for Oregon ski areas, resorts and snow tire installers. That’s 122 percent of average snowfall for this time of year. Statewide, the snowfall numbers are even higher, at 130 percent of average. “We had some really nice snowfall for the month of January,” said Jon Lea, a hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. “Last year was pretty skimpy. This is a whole lot different than it was last year.”
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Hiker’s Body Found Month After Getting Off Commuter Train at Breakneck Ridge in New York

Here’s an update on February 3, 2005:
WNBC reports the body of Myung Geuk Choi has been found at the base of a 100 foot cliff at Breakneck Ridge in suburban New York City. Trails.com had noted the Breakneck is the most popular map downloaded from its site. Locals note that in addition to the usual cliffs rising off the Hudson, it also has cliffs dropping unexpectedly from a massive quary at its base. Choi had been missing since Jan. 2 and was searched for by more than 100 people.
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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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