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NYC rock climbers rescued in the dark

October 18, 2013
MIKE LYNCH , Lake Placid News

Forest rangers rescued two New York City rock climbers on Rogers Rock in the dark Sunday night.

Rogers Rock is a popular and scenic slab that rises from Lake George in the town of Hague in Warren County.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the caretaker at the Rogers Rock state campground was informed by a camper of two climbers stuck on the face of Rogers Rock, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The caretaker contacted DEC's dispatch center in Ray Brook stating that the climbers had an equipment malfunction and were unable to move up or down.

Nine forest rangers responded to the summit of Rogers Rock. A rope system was deployed, and one forest ranger rappelled 450 feet down the face of the cliff to Cedric Bien, 28, and Susannah Gue, 27.

Bein and Gue explained they had been descending the cliff when their top rope became snagged and preventing them from moving any further, according to the DEC. The climbers were able to yell to a passing boater, who sought assistance from the campground.

The forest ranger attached Bien and Gue to the lines of his rope system, and the three rappelled to the base of the cliff without incident.

The two climbers were dropped off at their campsite at Rogers Rock Campground by 12:30 am.



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