Niskayuna rock climber dies in fall at upstate nature preserve

YourNisklogo

GARDINER, N.Y. — State police say a Niskayuna man has died in a 50-foot fall while rock climbing in a nature preserve in New York’s Shawangunk  Mountains.

Troopers say 46-year-old Andrew Barnes of Niskayuna in Schenectady County was climbing in the Mohonk Preserve in the Ulster County town of Gardiner around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday when he fell about 50 feet.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers say Barnes was free climbing and wasn’t utilizing a climbing rope when he fell. Police say he had more than a decade of rock-climbing experience.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The Mohonk Preserve is a nonprofit nature preserve located 70 miles south of Albany.

—The Associated Press

About the Author

Erin K. O'Neill
Erin K. O'Neill is the Web Editor at The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, NY.