The Trap Dike
For a long time I’ve been wanting to ascend the Trap Dike. When Lionel’s Forecast came in off the press last Thursday, I knew the green light had been signaled; it was on; it was time to HIKE THE DIKE! As you all know, this is an online skiing magazine, so you can probably guess my first motivation for wanting to get over there and check it out. That’s right: I want to go down this with some skis on my feet someday. My second motivation however is that The Trap Dike of Mount Colden in the Adirondack Park is just plain old cool. It is an obvious weakness on the north east face of the mountain. It rises abruptly from the high elevation Avalanche Lake, and winds an improbable route through a sheer cliff face up into the bare open slab faces of the mountain. The first ascent was recorded by a group of iron miners at the McIntyre Iron Company in 1850. Upon their return to the valley they killed a deer and had a wild celebration at the base of the mountain. Yeah that’s right: this dike is tres chic!
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Our trek began (that usage of the word “trek” is for you Canadians!) when we crossed Lake Champlain at Crown Point from Vermont to New York. It was a beautiful crisp morning around 6am. The vibe of an excellent day was definitely in the air, similar to the last time we were in New York for mountain adventure.
After a little confusion due to lack of navigational planning, we set out from South Meadows around 8am. About 45 minutes later we were greeted by Marcy Dam. The water it held back was still in the early morning, and satisfactory views of Colden were available in it’s reflection.
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