Myung Geuk Choi, a 63-year-old experienced climber, was last seen with his hiking companion in Hudson Highlands State Park in Beacon, N.Y. on Jan. 2, before a rainstorm that night, Sgt. Timothy Gordon of the State Park police said. Since then rescue workers have searched through rain, freezing rain and snow on the mountain face for Choi, a Flushing resident."The area where he was last seen, in general, (is) comprised of relatively technical walks, lots of steep areas. It can be very rocky," Gordon said. "There are areas where there are cliffs and you do have drops in relative proximity to the trail."When asked whether foul play was suspected, he said police were investigating all possible ways the man could have disappeared. Choi and a woman, both members of a New York City hiking club, took a train to Breakneck mountain the morning of Jan. 2, police said.While on the uphill trail, they met two Asian male hikers, according to police. Choi and the woman later parted ways and planned to meet at the Cold Spring train station at 1 p.m. that Sunday afternoon. When Choi did not appear at the station, the woman returned to New York and called a friend from the hiking club to recount the day's events, police said. Investigators did not release the woman hiker's name.The club leader passed the news on to Choi's daughter, who lives with him in Flushing, and she went with friends to look for her father on the mountain late that evening, police said. At midnight on Jan. 3, she called the sheriff's department to report her father missing. The search began at daybreak on Jan. 3.Breakneck Ridge is described on Gorp.com, a hiking Web site, as a somewhat craggy mountain that welcomes hikers at the lower levels with marked trails but attracts few crowds at its higher, riskier elevations
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