The Trap Dike

By:  Greg
August 2, 2010

As you make your way up, there are always lots of options in the Dike. There are usually sandbag bushwacky moves to the sides, or a bit more exposed 4th class rock right up the middle. We often opted for the later just because it was so much fun.
4th class above a small pool

Kristin made her way easily past this crux.
The negotiation of the first crux

I think this is the waterfall crux move that everyone talks about. It was fairly steep, but the holds were unbelievably numerous. I’d only bother with a rope if you get extremely uncomfortable on ladders, because the Trap Dike is about as hard as a ladder.
KC climbing the ladder

the ladder continues

After finding the exit to the climber’s right, you enter onto the rock face of Colden. It’s a bit spooky, and could easily give one vertigo since there’s not a lot in the way of reference points around you. The fact of the matter is though, that it’s easy going, and should be enjoyed. The only downer is a giant boulder precipitously positioned above the slab right at the summit of Colden. It’s perfectly safe, but taunts you with it’s apparent closeness during the entire slab ascent. I swear it gets further away as you go up! We forgot to take pictures the whole time as we wended our way up. All of a sudden we were at the top of Mount Colden 90 minutes after we left Avalanche Lake.
The summit of Mount Colden

Soon Kristin… very soon. The slab that you need to come up after exiting the Trap Dike is to the right.
Kristin ready for schuss. Not yet!

Back at Marcy Dam we played around with the camera and our reflections a little bit.”Oh Hai,” said Kristin, “I’m here to upgrade your Dike!”
Oh Hai!

Thanks Mount Colden… see you soon!
thanks Mount Colden!

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  1. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 9:51 am  

    Another note, if you look at the picture of the foot of the Dike…likely taken from Hitch-Up Matilda…you’ll see that there aren’t that many trees. Well a few years ago, this little grove was chocked with trees and one winter day, a large avalanche came ripping down the dike and opps…no more trees.

    Great job though!

  2. Porter Haney
    wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 am  

    Ahh. Would have been great to hike the dike. Too bad I was stuck in the pit toilet all day!

    • K_C
      wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 2:01 pm  

      Fear not, you guys had a good time with a few more adventures along the way, more pics will be added later

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm  

      Did Dwyer demonstrate his qualifications to be named the Friction King?

    • Greg
      wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 3:28 pm  

      As soon as I get home, I’ll flesh out the adventure of the BYO Haneys

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