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Cisco1974Macomb was dangerous  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2014

Cisco1974

I chose to hike Macomb last after climbing Hough, South, and Grace. When I returned to South Dix to descend to Macomb I was tired and a bit concerned about hiking out in the dark it was 5 pm. To make a long story short, I reached the summit of Macomb and began the descent. A gentleman had said to me earlier that it would be tough going....he did not lie. Every rock on the new slide was loose. It was torture, I was tired, and it was getting dark fast. I hugged the south side of the slide using the spruce for support when the tallus gave with nearly every step. Then it got worse. I missed the cairn that marked the trail exiting the slide and continued down the brook. NOTE: There are at least three rock cairns in the middle of the slide that are meant to indicate the trail leaving the slide. The trail is on the North side of the slide. If you descend into the brook too far you should bushwack north to the trail! The brook amply named Slide Brook was a myriad of downed trees and loose rocks, plunging cascades and gnarled stumps. It was gods obstacle course and I ran it until the sun faded. I was loosing hope when my hand came upon a rope tied to a tree. I immediately thought, "People". I had reached the elevation I knew the trail must be (1900 ft) and since I had found the rope as well I decided to try my luck at calling out for help.....5 minutes later a headlamp appeared and I was shown the trail by a helpful young guy named Jason. I was 100yds. from the bridge. I ate M&M's drank iodine purified water and walked the last 2.3 miles out......
What should be said about this hike that I left out.......I found myself once again mesmerized by the beauty of our massive Adirondack Park. We are truly blessed by this testament to stewardship and preservation. Teddy Roosevelt would be proud of the efforts we have made to preserve these wild places. The trail that I took to the top of Hough was rugged yet serene. Much of the hike followed Lillian Brook which of course provided it's soothing background sounds. Hough was one of my favorite views to date! The Beck-horn reminds me of the Matterhorn and Whiteface. Beautiful! South Dix was where I ate Linner. The view there was alright however Dix was obscured by Hough so it was like Hough's view without the Beck-horn. Grace Hudowalski's namesake peak (renamed June 2014 from East Dix to Grace) had a pleasant view not only of the rest of the range but also of the East to Lake Champlain and Vermonts' Green Mountains. Macomb was tough....mentally and physically. I descended bare rock to the col between South Dix and Macomb and I just wanted to hike down and out....the rest of the story is that I hit my head three times on overhanging trees going up Macomb because I was too fatigued to be alert. I have a couple of distinct forehead markings as a result. Macomb beat chewed me up and spit me out. I always tell the kids that when something hurts or is difficult, that it builds character.....Macomb did that. It also did not kill me, therefore it made me stronger. What a great hike. Thank you god for the humility of this experience. Thank you also to Greg Bordeleau for the inspiration to see me through and out you were ever present in my thoughts.
Posted Aug 27, 2014 3:20 pm

yadahzoemtnFour in a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

yadahzoemtn

South Dix, East Dix, Hough and Macomb with Dan and Jason
Posted Sep 1, 2013 10:37 pm

OnagerAll 5 in one day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2013

Onager

Summited Macomb Mountain 4405' during a 2 night backpacking trip out in the Dix Range of the Adirondacks. We left our campsite at Slide Brook and followed the heard path that was marked with cairns to the base of the first rock slide around 8:45am. We summited the rock slide carefully, using our ice axes and crampons on some of the iced over sections. We made it to the summit around 10:15.
Posted Jul 27, 2013 3:48 pm

AlphaRomeroDix Range
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1978

AlphaRomero

In June '78 I knocked-off 5 peaks with my Scout Troop and a great leader that hooked me on wilderness adventures (Dix, East Dix, South Dix, Hough and McComb)
Posted Dec 24, 2012 12:27 am

tigerlillyUp the slide in winter
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2012

tigerlilly

Elk Lake. Laid down camp. Hoofed up Macoumb's slide in shoes shoes. too lazy to pull out the crampons. it was a little sketchy.
Hoofed it over to South Dix. Gentle snow fall. Quite pretty. Beautiful ice waterfall on the top of the slide.
Posted Mar 11, 2012 9:25 pm

ScAtTeRbOnEFirst ADK Slide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011

ScAtTeRbOnE

First ADK slide climb went great. Weather was hot but partly cloudy and views were great from the slide and summit! After hiking Dix last month I'm really starting to like the Dix Range, I'll go back to get the others soon.
Posted Aug 6, 2011 7:07 pm

Bark EaterGreat day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2011

Bark Eater

Fine hike up the slide with friend RD Jim. 29/46!
Posted Jul 7, 2011 10:53 am

PaulRomanoDix Range Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2011

PaulRomano

Did this as part of a one-day Dix Range Traverse. Came up the slide from Elk Lake. Beautiful sunny day with a few clouds here and there- made for spectacular views!
Posted Jun 28, 2011 10:11 am

stokelTwice for Dix Range  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009

stokel

Hiked the entire Dix Range starting with this peak twice. A good way to go.
Posted Jun 17, 2011 11:37 am

mike_lindacherSlide Route   Sucess!

mike_lindacher

Did this twice via the standard slide but I'm hearing there's a new rubble slope on the east side??
Posted Aug 30, 2010 4:52 pm

JimWallaceDix Range Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2010

JimWallace

Finally a great day in the Dix Range for me.The weather was outstanding.Clear,amazing veiws from all 5 summits.Climbing the slide was heart pumping excitement worthy of the trek on its own.I spent hours upon this summit exploring all details.I would recommend this moderate hike to any fellow adventure seeker...Jim
Posted May 3, 2010 10:52 pm

sprossedaMy first slide climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 1996

sprosseda

Summitted this peak with my friend John Bousman (has first ascents in Washington, BC, and Alaska). We took a slide up then came over to another headwall and climbed it (4th class). This was my first alpine rock climb. Then over to the Dix's. Great day
Posted Oct 7, 2009 12:52 pm

mancopaEntire Dix Range  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

mancopa

Hiked this from the Slide Brooke Leanto. Great peak. The slide was a lot of fun.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 12:09 pm

EnapaiHerds Path to New Slide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2009

Enapai

Went back to tag Macomb after cutting my March trip short. I was joined by my brother who had done Macomb as part of a Dix Range traverse before the hurricane. We decided to continue following Slide Brook down past the herds path (hopefully all the way to the marked trail). The blowdown along the brook gets very thick. I would strongly encourage taking the herds path. Still nothing like a little adventure in the woods.
Posted Jul 23, 2009 10:04 am

EastcoastMikeVia the Slide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2009

EastcoastMike

Climbed via the slide en route to the rest of the Dixes
Posted Jul 14, 2009 9:35 pm

MoapaPkwith other Dixes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1971

MoapaPk

Climbed the slide from north, then went on to other Dixes. Wasn't much of a trail back then; bad blow-downs in one section.
Posted Dec 31, 2008 5:55 am

NarendraMacomb  Sucess!

Narendra

Rugged peak with a cool slide. Did this with the rest of the Dix Range.
Posted Dec 21, 2008 11:13 am

lalpinistIt's been a while ...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2008

lalpinist

I has been a while since I've been to Macomb. The trail was pretty wet. Our dog (Guinness) flushed a rabbit on the way back that was about as big as she is.
Posted Oct 3, 2008 5:04 pm

TahawusMacomb Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

Tahawus

Climbed with South Dix, East Dix and Hough via the Dix Trail from the Elk Lake Lodge. Going up the slide was a blast. Once we were over around 3000' a sea of clouds was at our feet. The summit boasted some great views of surrounding High Peaks.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 9:19 pm

starship_jenLast of the 5 peak string  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2008

starship_jen

Finished the Dix Range by summiting Macomb. Excited to have made all 5 peaks! Tough trip. Exhausting 22 hours in total. STEEP slide on the way out! #36/46! : )
Posted Mar 17, 2008 10:04 pm

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