Park visitors safety being paramount, specialty crews are scaling the cliffs of Watkins Glen to remove any loose and potentially dangerous objects.
Gorge scalers are taking over the cliffs and rock walls of Watkins Glen State Park in N.Y. in an effort to remove loose objects and other debris to ensure the safety of all visitors this year.
Crews consisting of two workers, a rope handler and a scaler, work to inspect the cracks and crevasses by chipping away at loose rocks and causing it to fall ahead of any scheduled visits by tourists and travelers to the park.
It’s an annual job undertaken by workers before the general opening around Mother’s Day in May and it actually looks like it would be quite fun. Below is a video of a few highlights of the area.
This same work is done in the gorges of New York’s Taughannock, Fillmore, Buttermilk, Robert H. Treman, and Stony Brook parks.
Regional Scaling Coordinator Sonny Howard said, “Oh yeah, it’s fun” and “You figure it out as you go”
Regional Safety Manager Andy Chouinard said, “It’s an adrenaline rush, but I also feel like these guys really make an impact” The scalers are drawn to the dangerous task because of the physical challenges and making the park safe for summer visitors.
Watching these fearless men do this kind of work should put a smile on the faces of those who call the state park at Watkins Glen and other parks like it a summer destination.