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Topic: WWBF's Summer Adventures - Part 3, Adirondacks - 4 Routes on Dix Mtn< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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For years, MudRat and I have drempt of a Dix Mtn slide tour-de-force. In August, we finally put the plan into action. We hiked into our campsite at the base of the north slides around midnight on Friday. A porcupine gnawing on trees kept us awake for a little while, but sleep soon took over.

I awoke to find the birch tree next to camp had "bled" sap all over my tarp. Wonderful. We immediately started climbing a slide on the western face of the northern ridge. The climbing was consistent but relatively mundane. From the top, we bushwhacked to the summit in surprisingly open woods.

From the summit, we bushwhacked through cripplebrush to the top of the Pitchfork Slide. The headwall was steep, but the slide was relatively tame otherwise. The drainage below was filled with two types of rocks: 1) Very loose, 2) Very slippery. Our progress slowed to a crawl. Eventually, the rocks gave way to slab and we soon reached the trail, which we hiked to the western face.

MudRat wanted to climb a new slide that formed during Hurricane Irene last year. We named it the Buttress Slide since it ascended the buttress between the western and southern faces. From the base, it looked nearly impossible. Nearly.

I took first crack at the first pitch. It was a neat feature... a missing section of a huge overhang. It proved to be too dirty and steep to ascend without protection, but MudRat found a weakness to the left of the overhang.

The middle section of the slide alternated between Class 2 slab hiking and Class 4 climbing... all very exposed. The headwall featured a perfect (though extremely exposed) crack at a dihedral, which we used to ascend to the top.

We had a conundrum at the top... descend what we barely ascended, or find another route. We chose the second option, and decided our route would take us back to the southern face drainage... slippery rocks and all. It was especially un-fun since we had to bushwhack the entire loop back to the drainage then to base of the slide in our climbing shoes. My toenails are still bruised.

We then had to ascend the Hunters Pass slide back to the summit trail, which we'd take back to camp. We wanted to honor a friend who had a first ascent route dubbed "Jim's Crack". Although it was a technical feature, we climbed it with relative ease compared to the Buttress Slide.

We made it back to camp, and slept well that night. The following morning, we bushwhacked up Dial Mtn. One section was comprised of the gnarliest, steepest, thickest evilness I've ever had the displeasure of bushwhacking through. At one point I made the comment to MudRat... "I'm only 10 feet, but 5 minutes, behind you." In the heart of the beast, it took us 10 minutes to climb 10 vertical feet.

Obviously, we were quite relieved to reach the summit. At this point, MudRat and I parted ways. He to take photos from the summit of Colvin, and me to the trailhead and the 4 hour drive home.

On top of north ridge:


Surveying the top of the Pitchfork slide after emerging from the cripplebrush:


First pitch of the Buttress Slide:


Trying to clean the top of the first pitch of the Buttress Slide. In the end, this section was too steep and dirty to safely ascend.:


MudRat on the crux of the Buttress Slide:


Good 'ol Adk bushwhacking... the real reason for the helmet:


At the mid-way point of the "Jims's Crack" route:


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Somewhere between the words "exposure" and the graphically-named cripplebrush, I decided better you than me!  

Glad you had fun, though!


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Looks awesome, sign me up.

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WTF????? That looks awesome.  Insane!!!!

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THAT was an awesome day with you though I'm still experiencing PTSD from the following morning on Dial  :)  . By the way, my toenails are still bruised as well from the 1.5 miles or so in rock climbing shoes.

Here's a couple images that show our rough route over Dix as well as some key points up the Buttress Slide.






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Well, well... look what the cat dragged in. :D

My toenails are still bruised, too.


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