Saturday, November 24, 2012

Slide Climbing in the Adirondacks

The steep sided Adirondack High Peaks have boatloads of slide climbing. Eons of rain has removed the topsoil from steepest areas of several High Peaks creating beautiful rock slides. In the winter these slides get covered with a thin veneer of snow and ice, making them amazing long alpine outings.

Adirondack slides are a great place to practice using crampons and ice axes for bigger climbs. They're also a great way to take in the grand views of the tightest, most rugged mountain region in the northeast. Some good winter slide objectives are:

  • The Trap Dike - Mt.Colden
  • North Face of Gothics - 1000' of steep snow and low angle ice
  • Eagle Slide - a giant, mellow slide up a grand and sweeping face with amazing views of the High Peaks