Saturday, July 25, 2020

Weekend read: Climbing the trap dike

A recent DEC ranger report about hikers getting stuck in Mount Colden’s trap dike had me searching the archive for stories about hiking the dike.

Is it a hike or a climb? In 2011, former Explorer editor Phil Brown tackles the tough question: Is the Colden trap dike a hike or a climb? Esp. in light of a hiker who died from a fall at the dike that year.

Magazine feature: In 2015, Brown writes about the tap dike being featured in Climbing magazine:

Marcy’s trap dike: From 2017, Kevin “MudRat” MacKenzie writes about scaling Mount Marcy’s trap dike:

Photo: DEC Forest Rangers assist in hoist rescue on Trap Dike/provided by DEC


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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.


One Response

  1. There are a bunch of articles in old Adirondac magazines too that are excellent. Some tell of people getting stuck in flash flood conditions etc. It’s actually a wonder that more haven’t been hurt given the rocks that have been trundled (I was guiding when a 300-pounder was cast down by a careless “climber”), etc. It’s a beautiful ascent, but deaths have and will continue to occur during summer and winter if people underestimate it, overestimate themselves, or are improperly prepared.

    FYI: the article of mine you posted is on the technical trap dike of Mt. Marcy in Panther Gorge which is totally vertical with overhanging sections and rated 5.8+ YDS in summer or WI5/M5+ on ice (light years harder than the Trap Dike on the W side of Colden. It’s fine to leave it, but it’s a different climb.

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