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Ascending Kilburn Slide

Overall the slide is pretty clean for something that I think is about 12 years old (1996 I think). There are still sections with a lot of scree and loose rock, but overall it's mostly bare slab. Looking outward Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics is at our back.

 

Info on Adirondack Slides:

 

The Adirondacks are typically poor in soil and the soil layer is quite thin. On the mountains, below this thin layer of soil is ROCK, so when it rains really hard, for a few days, it's not uncommon for an entire layer of mountain side to come sliding down.

 

When this happens we have what are quite typical and somewhat unique to the Adirondacks, a slide.

 

Slides can be skied or climbed. They make for ideal backcountry ski slopes, and in summer make for great semi technical rock climbs, or technical hikes.

 

Many slides have 4th or 5th class headwalls on them but many are gentle enough to be 3rd class the whole way to the top. Not all end with summits and many require heinous bushwhacks to reach the summit if that is a goal.

 

More about this trip or any of my adventures can be seen onMountain Visions:

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Taken on May 5, 2008