Rich Romano, one of the most prolific climbers and route setters in the Gunks, suffered a serious accident on August 31, 2010 in the City of Rocks, ID. , His rope, which was too short for the route he was lowering off , ran through the belay device resulting in a serious fall. Full details of the accident are on Myriam Bouchard's blog: http://myrbou.blogspot.com/2011/02/and-then-he-fell.html
Various fund raising efforts are underway to help him defray the enormous and ongoing costs of evacuation, medical treatment and therapy. In this connection there will be a fund raising event at the Cliffs Climbing Gym in Valhalla, NY on April 5 from 7 to 10PM. Details are here.
You are encouraged to attend and help support these fundraising efforts. More opportunities to contribute and details about Rich's contribution to Gunks climbing, may be found on Rock and Snow's website: www.rockandsnow.com