BRISTOL - On Jan. 16, at approximately 2 p.m., a resident of the Lower Notch Road in Bristol observed two male subjects, both in their 50s and from New Jersey, park their vehicle to go ice climbing at the Bristol Cliffs.
The resident told police that she spoke with the two men and they informed her that they were going ice climbing.
They were seen leaving the area with climbing ropes but no camping gear. At 5:30 p.m. the concerned resident called 911 to report that the vehicle was still there and there awere no tracks coming out of the woods. Troopers from the New Haven Barracks were dispatched to the scene as well as two game wardens.
While at the scene troopers learned from family members that the climbers were staying in West Haven, Vermont and planned to hike in at 2 p.m. and return to West Haven by 7 p.m. They were not familiar with the area. The temperature was 10 degrees below zero. At 10:25 p.m., the two game wardens entered the woods to follow the tracks left by the ice climbers. At 11 p.m., both ice climbers came out of the woods on their own after following a different path out.
The climbers were cold but no injuries were reported.