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Death on Becker Hollow Trail [Mar 14]

New postPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 11:34 am
by dave
Town of Hunter in Greene County

Wilderness Recovery: On Mar. 14 at 1:30 p.m., DEC's Central Dispatch received a request for Forest Ranger assistance from Greene County 911 for a report of an unresponsive hiker on the Becker Hollow trail near the summit of Hunter Mountain. Forest Rangers from Regions 3 and 4 responded to assist. Two Rangers hiked to the location of the 62-year-old man, who was deceased. Additional Rangers on the scene used snowmobiles to access the summit of the mountain using the state truck trail from the Spruceton trailhead. The Rangers then hiked one half mile in to bring rescue gear and equipment to the rescuers. Due to steep and icy trail conditions, Rangers utilized rope systems and a stretcher (sked) on the technical descent down the Becker Hollow trail. Rescuers were back at the Becker Hollow trailhead at 11 p.m., and the subject was turned over to the Greene County coroner. Rangers were clear of the scene at 11:30 p.m. Additional agencies involved include DEC's Division of Law Enforcement and New York State Police.

The 62-year-old avid hiker was identified as Robert Gerity of Rye, New York. He died approximately around the 3,500' marker.