Catskills Ice Climbing Area Acquired for Permanent Protection

02/09/2016

Thanks to the efforts of two local climbers, the Upper Devil's Kitchen ice climbing area has been donated to the State of New York to be incorporated into Catskill Park for future generations to enjoy.

Climbing partners Morris Sachs of Greenwich, Connecticut and Marty Molitoris of Rosendale, New York led efforts to acquire and transfer this portion of private land to the state. Morris Sachs and his wife Sheryl graciously purchased the property—which starts at Mossy Brook under the old stone arch bridge and extends down the gully into the cliff-lined gorge known as the Upper Devil's Kitchen—and donated it to the state.

Devil's Kitchen hosts great ice and mixed routes that are popular among Catskill climbers. After two years of hard work to complete the transfer, the property is now under public ownership.

For more information on ice climbing and access at the Devil's Kitchen and all of the Catskills, visit www.AlpineEndeavors.com and www.CatskillIceClimbing.com.