A Greensboro cyclist who toured Africa to raise money for the rain forests died Saturday after falling while ice climbing in New Hampshire, according to state police there.
Zvi Cohen, 22, of 1003 Caswell Drive slipped and fell while attempting to cross from one ledge to another in an area known as the Center Fold in Rumney, N.H., the state police said.Cohen fell between 50 feet and 100 feet, struck a tree and hit the ground, the state police said. He was taken to Speare Memorial Hospital in neighboring Plymouth, N.H., for treatment of massive head injuries and died at the hospital, according to the hospital and the state police.
Cohen was climbing with Mark Jacobsen, 24, of Lexington, Mass., when the accident happened about noon. Jacobsen was not injured.
A self-described environmentalist, Cohen and two friends spent more than three months last year on a ``Ride for the Rain Forest' - a bicycle tour of Africa's rain forest.
The group's 3,000-mile tour from Cameroon to Kenya raised $20,000 for the African Non-Governmental Organization Environmental Network.
``We've made an environmental issue of something of great importance,' Cohen had said of the tour to raise awareness for Africa's disappearing rain forests. ``This is a way to make the environment something people want to think about.'
At the time of the tour, Cohen was a senior at Boston University studying international environmental affairs.
Cohen was a 1985 graduate of Grimsley High School.
He raced bicycles for Greensboro's Cycles D'Oro team for five years and was invited to spend a month at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado in 1987.