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iceisniceRoute Climbed: Trap Dike Date Climbed: Jan '00  Sucess!

iceisnice

Great winter climb. Some snow slogging with vertical ice in the dike and then wind blown snow/ice on the summit slab. Great car-to-car climb.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 10:25 pm

pmlupiRoute Climbed: Via Lake Colden Date Climbed: October 13, 1996  Sucess!

pmlupi

Spent two cold days bagging the High Peaks. Hit Algonquain, Coldon and Gray, spent a brutally cold night in a lean-to then hit Skylight, Marcy and Phelps. We were past peak for the foliage thus making this a cold, overcast and gloomy adventure.



Bitch of a climb up from lake with heavy packs.
Posted Sep 15, 2005 3:23 pm

gcapRoute Climbed: Trap Dike Date Climbed: August 12, 2005  Sucess!

gcap

Ascended via the Trap Dike and main slide. A great grueling summer climb. Wind and rain picked up once we reached the summit.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 2:39 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: Summer Trap Dike and Winter Trail from Loj Date Climbed: 9/1/96 and 1/2/99  Sucess!

woodstrider

Second time up the Trap Dike. The winter ascent was cold. Great views
Posted May 4, 2005 4:00 pm

rolkamonRoute Climbed: Trap Dike Date Climbed: Feburary 20, 2005  Sucess!

rolkamon

Full winter conditions with my wife. A long day. Exhausting snow travel.
Posted Mar 8, 2005 7:29 am

Chinese RockRoute Climbed: Trap Dike Date Climbed: March 2004  Sucess!

Chinese Rock

I simul -soloed this route with Eric Aldenhoff. The ice was plastic the going was easy. Definitely one of the great one-day alpine climbs in the North East.
Posted Feb 24, 2005 3:18 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Ice Climb from Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: February 1988  Sucess!
My first introduction to ice climbing. Cold weather and postholing and my first time wearing double boots made for a lot of work, but the euphoria at the summit was worth it.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:54 pm

sajegoDate Climbed: October 6, 2001  Sucess!

sajego

A VERY COLD first weekend in October (as you can see from the pictures).



I don't remember much except for the frozen plants near the summit... and the fog... why climb a mountain except for the view? Sorry, I'm not one to enjoy suffering for the sake of suffering. :)
Posted Aug 3, 2004 10:31 am

Brian PierzRoute Climbed: The Trap Dyke Date Climbed: July 26, 2003  Sucess!

Brian Pierz

My first high peak summit, and hiked it with my brother Chris, Dan, Tom, and Mike. We went up through the dyke, which was definitely a challenge (good thing Dan brought his chaw for the "energy" it provides). After spending much of my life hiking trails in the southern or western Adirondacks, I'm hooked on the high peaks region. Thanks Mike.
Posted Jun 14, 2004 4:48 pm

kcwrenRoute Climbed: Loj - Lake Colden - Mt Colden Date Climbed: May 21, 2004  Sucess!
Nice, steep hike up from Lake Colden, seemed quite a bit easier going down towards Lake Arnold. BTW, on this particular day, Lake Arnold was a nice sight.



A word to the wise: in May 2003, we had to turn back because it was just too icy to negotiate without crampons.
Posted Jun 8, 2004 6:59 pm

rolkamonRoute Climbed: Trap Dike Date Climbed: 23 August 2003  Sucess!

rolkamon

Fun climb, I'd call it 4th class. Maybe some 5.0 or 5.1 climbing on the steps in the dike. The slide has some gut check sections. I belayed my wife across a few spots. Gear: a couple of 4 ft slings and a few larger nuts. I soloed everything then belayed Margaret on 50ft of 7mm cord.
Posted Mar 28, 2004 12:39 pm

cragRoute Climbed: from Lake Colden Date Climbed: August 18, 1994  Sucess!

crag

My wife and I spend a week at Lake Colden in 1994. Day one was a pretty long and hard backpack, so on day 2 we decided to have a "rest day" and bag Colden. Excellent views! I definitely want to get back there and do the trapdike, maybe in winter. Turned out to be a great trip, my only regret is neglecting to include Skylight the day we did Marcy and Haystack.



Posted Jan 23, 2004 2:39 pm

hillmanRoute Climbed: From lake colden Date Climbed: september 24 2000  Sucess!

hillman

Hiked through the debris of the new slide in the mist. Recently cut out by trail crews. Steep.
Posted Sep 23, 2003 9:25 pm

ChrisPierzRoute Climbed: Trap Dyke Date Climbed: July 26, 2003  Sucess!

ChrisPierz

First of many Hike Peaks. Led by one of the greatest.
Posted Jul 31, 2003 9:56 am

mike_lindacherRoute Climbed: Trap Dyke Date Climbed: July 26, 2003  Sucess!

mike_lindacher

Third summit, second from the Dyke. Yee-haw!
Posted Jul 30, 2003 5:11 pm

BEANRoute Climbed: Trap Dike Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!
11 hour round trip from the LOJ. we had a lazey 8am start and were out under glow of head lamp 630-7

we only encountered deep snow (waist high) in the dike, but once on the slide it was mostly wind packed snow or verglass.
Posted Mar 13, 2003 11:03 am

climber46Route Climbed: Trap Dyke Date Climbed: July 10, 2001  Sucess!

climber46

My two friends and I climbed via the trap dyke. It is my favorite hike in the ADK High Peaks. However, we failed to cut over to the rock slide at the correct point and thus we ended up in a horrible bushwhack to the summit. We did not find the slide until we reached the summit. I will climb this route again the correct way!

#5089



Posted Mar 11, 2003 1:58 pm

mavs0Route Climbed: LOJ to Macry dam to Lake Colden (Down past Lake Colden) Date Climbed: 8/20/02  Sucess!

mavs0

Took my 11 y/o son on this 14+ mile jaunt to the summit. Just a boy and his dad, you can't ask for anything more. Perfect day (clear and low 70's) made for a spectacular view. One of the nicest summits I've been on, plus it is fairly easy to get to. Spent over an hour all by ourselves on the summit. Not bad for a summer weekday.



Plan on going up this one again with the wife and daughter (9 y/o).
Posted Dec 4, 2002 5:44 pm

EastKingRoute Climbed: Via Lake Arnold Date Climbed: 5/99  Sucess!

EastKing

Lake Arnold sucked for me too. I was stuck in a three day rain and sleet storm that forced me to cut my plans short from climbing Mt. Marcy and other mountains. The view from Mt. Colden was excellent, but the view from the nearby false summit was even more impressive. The best part in an otherwise disasterous trip.
Posted Feb 11, 2002 9:28 pm

mtboy417Route Climbed: Via Lake Arnold Date Climbed: July 00  Sucess!

mtboy417

Lake Arnold sucks. Its a bug infested mud hole with a bad trail. But the views from Colden are unbeatable. Well worth the mud.
Posted Dec 15, 2001 8:02 pm

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