Sunday, March 20, 2022

When Easy Ain’t Easy: An injury at OK Slip Falls

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The author was pleased these planks were in place when he took this photo.

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A sight of OK Slip Falls worth capturing by the author

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The gnarly trail was only a little better than this nearby ledge photographed by the author.


This photo by the author shows how Lucky was pleased Ranger Milano was there to help.

All photos provided by Randy Fredlund

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Randy Fredlund enjoys hiking, paddling, and taking pictures of the area around his camp on Stewarts Landing. He is happiest when breathing Adirondack air.

8 Responses

  1. Steve B. says:

    Interesting that your trail map didn’t have the OK Slip Road on it, goes from Rt 28 east of the OK Slip trailhead in a NW direction to Carter Pond. I guess sometimes online is better, as this road shows up on the GAIA GPS maps. Its a marginally shorter route back to Rt 28 than the hiking trail.

    • Randy Fredlund says:

      We had 2 lousy maps, and neither showed the road. I need to make sure I’m using the best available maps. Another caution!

      Those who got a ride out did not think the road would have saved us any time (on foot), particularly since it has some good size elevation changes along the way.

      Maybe next time we’ll walk up from a raft on the Hudson! 😉

  2. Bill Kitchen says:

    Interesting tale with a happy delicious ending but I believe T Lake Falls has the distinction of being the park’s (and apparently the state’s) tallest.

    Be very careful there or you may never enjoy a meal at the Melody Lodge (or anywhere else) ever again.

    • Randy Fredlund says:

      I think the “tallest” distinction depends on how it is measured. Though I have not seen T-Lake Falls, I believe it begins with a gradual decline rather than a precipitous drop, so if you don’t include the top “rapids,” it may not be as high.

      But I’m not sure it really matters.

      I hope to get to T-Lake this season, with caution, ropes, and a scramble down to the bottom, as Barbara McMartin once described.

      While I’m guessing the stories about the deaths are correct, the images in the youtube video provided are definitely not T-Lake Falls. Thanks, regardless. If you look up T-lake Falls on Google maps, Jim Catalfamo has provided some great photos.

      • Bill Kitchen says:

        Yeah, I thought those images looked odd.
        Nice photo by Jim but I only found one. Are there more somewhere?

  3. Brian E Wells says:

    I believe they mean Kim, Kim Mitchell is the Caretaker for Northern Frontier .

    • Randy Fredlund says:

      Sorry if we got the name wrong. Please deliver apologies and thanks to Kim and particularly Rosie.

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