I was intrigued by the essay “The Case Against Search and Rescue,” by Robert Kruszyna, a New Hampshire resident. I later learned he is a physicist who has climbed mountains all over the world and helped write guidebooks to some of the Canadian ranges.
Shipton’s Arete is one of my favorite places to take a novice rock climber. The three routes on the arête are all pretty easy. There’s a good anchor for a top rope. And the arête overlooks scenic Chapel Pond. The easiest route, Shipton’s Voyage, is rated only 5.4 on the Yosemite Decimal System scale of difficulty—meaning most beginners can do it on a top rope. However, climbing Shipton’s Voyage—or any route—without a rope is another matter entirely. An eighteen-year-old man learned that lesson the hard way this month. On August 14, the young man set about soloing the arête, with >>More
Below is the latest Forest Ranger Activity Report, received today from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 5. It covers the period of April 4-18. Hamilton County Town of Wells, Siamese Pond Wilderness Area On Sunday, April 18, 2010, at 6:45 PM, DEC Dispatch received at call from Hamilton County Dispatch reporting a missing hiker. Ernest Wilson, 63, of Cheektowaga, NY had been hiking with his brother to Auger Falls on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River from the Griffin Gorge trailhead and was last seen 2 hours prior. Although Mr. Wilson was reported to have been carrying >>More