GARDINER – A Niskayuna man fell 50 feet to his death while rock climbing at Mohonk Preserve at Route 44/55 in the Town of Gardiner. The accident occurred at around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
State Police say Andrew Barnes, 46, was free climbing and not using a climbing rope at the time when he fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Barnes had been a rock climber with over 10 years of experience.
State Police were assisted by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Mohonk Preserve Search and Rescue rangers, and Town of Gardiner and Shawangunk fire departments.