By Eric Teed
The state Department of Environmental Conservation dispatched seven state forest rangers to rescue a “seriously injured” ice climber along Pitchoff Mountain off Route 73 in the town of Keene on Tuesday.
Besides rangers, Keene and Keene Valley fire department personnel responded around 10:15 a.m. They reached the 38-year-old at the Pitchoff climbing area, set up a low-angle rope rescue system and lowered the man several hundred feet to an ambulance waiting on Route 73, a DEC official said.
At 10:28 a.m., the patient was flown to the University of Vermont Medical Center by a LifeNet helicopter. Further details were unavailable.
Photo at top: A medivac helicopter takes flight with a man rescued after a fall while ice climbing in Cascade Pass as state forest rangers bring rescue equipment back to their trucks. Photo by EricTeed