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Sam PageSteep "trail"  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

Sam Page

This was part of an 18+ mile loop that included Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, and Basin. The descent toward Basin is alarmingly steep and exposed, considering that it is a trail.
Posted Jul 31, 2008 11:29 am

MoapaPkmany times, range traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1971

MoapaPk

Always between here and there.
Posted Jul 5, 2008 1:12 am

MattGreeneFrostbite Prevention  Sucess!
My pal Tony and I had a snack out of the wind, then headed into a 60-mph gale for our descent. Almost instantly, we each noticed the other's face turning white. We cowered behind the closest rock, threw on our face masks, and made it down unscathed, but respecting the mountain even more.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 10:08 pm

starship_jenFrom the Garden  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007

starship_jen

The last of a 3 peak string with Paul. Intimidating rock "climb" to get to the summit. I appreciated Paul's help with this one. Headed back to the garden after a long day of hiking. Good trip!
14/46.
Posted Nov 11, 2007 10:07 pm

EastcoastMikeEn Route to Haystack
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

EastcoastMike

Climbed en route to Haystack. Nice open rock section before on the way to Basin!
Posted Oct 5, 2007 10:10 pm

Bark EaterRange traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 1977

Bark Eater

Got hit by a big thunderstorm trying to get off the top.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 6:53 pm

davebobk47Great Times  Sucess!

davebobk47

Nice hike with my Philmont crew.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 3:25 pm

birdnyNice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 1994

birdny

Climbed with brothers Bob and Mike. Awesome hike and views. the trail down over to Basin was a drop and a half but was awesome!!
Posted Jun 22, 2007 9:38 am

The edgeADK #38  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2005

The edge

almost done...
Posted Mar 14, 2007 6:26 pm

lalpinistPacked  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2007

lalpinist

This trail is well-packed. Even though this area did not get the snow that the more western and southern peaks saw, there were lots of people on trail today as word was out that it was one of the few that had been broken since the snow. The trail from the peak of Saddleback to Basin is blown clean, however, and there is a lot of exposed ice and rock. Crampons minimum. Belay is recommended for the stretch near the top.
Posted Feb 25, 2007 9:27 pm

mancopaFrom The Garden  Sucess!

mancopa

Started at the Garden and hit this summit, then spent the night at Ore Bed Leanto. Lots of fun. Great views.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 12:31 am

danny-boyVerglace  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2004

danny-boy

We were pretty tired from summiting Basin and then the haul up from the Basin-Saddleback col. The way up the west trail had patched that were very steep and icey. The 'trail' below the summit was pretty much a low-grade ice climb. We had a lot of fun, but were relieved to find ourselves at the summit.
Posted Oct 4, 2006 12:50 am

nartrebGreat Range traverse attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

nartreb

We took a long break on the windy summit ledge, and I tried to "bend the map" to convince myself we were already on Basin, as it started to sink in that the Great Range Traverse is a lot steeper than the Presidential Traverse.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 2:08 pm

rasgoatgreat loop  Sucess!

rasgoat

camped near johns brook lodge to saddleback basin and back. another one i did in reverse. thats all right, i'll have to go back!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 11:08 pm

The OgreSaddleback Cliffs as part of Great Range Traverse  Sucess!

The Ogre

From the Garden, one day traverse of Marcy/Haystack/Basin/Saddleback/Gothics/Armstrong/UWJ. The "Saddleback Cliffs" (west side hiking trail) is definitely the hardest 200' of "trail" in the Adirondacks. I haven't done all 46 yet, but that seems to be the consensus, and after climbing it, I believe it.
Posted Jul 19, 2006 5:06 am

foreverwildLong Rainy Day  Sucess!

foreverwild

Steep beginning to a long rainy day with basin and haystack to go.
Posted Apr 20, 2006 9:31 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: Range Trail and down The Orebed Tr. back to camp Date Climbed: 5/25/96  Sucess!

woodstrider

The last peak of a 5 peak day. We were bushed, but satisfied. The true summit is the one closer to Basin.
Posted Aug 9, 2005 3:49 pm

fredscRoute Climbed: Range Trail Date Climbed: July 31, 2005  Sucess!
This peak has some astonishing views of the Gothics and Keene Valley. I hiked it by myself and, when I first was unable to scale the western cliffs, started to freak out knowing that a retreat would mean doubling back over Basin, a bad thing as the day was getting late. Fortunately I found a way up the shear rock face, although I was scared!



The dip between the two summits looks pretty serious but is really not bad at all in difficulty.



I think an additional ladder or two would increase the safety of the western approach.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 2:41 pm

diverbikerRoute Climbed: Garden, SSC, Basin, up Saddlebback Date Climbed: 25 March 2005  Sucess!

diverbiker

After climbing Basin (my 46th), Mike F. and I headed for Saddleback - short trip but spooky scramble up the ~100 or so foot rock face. Great weather and views from both Basin and Saddleback... one of the best trip I've ever had in the ADK!
Posted Apr 12, 2005 6:27 pm

Bill JirousekDate Climbed: Sometime in the 90's  Sucess!

Bill Jirousek

This was a tough one in full pack in the rain. I remember being on the steep section and seeing nothing but clouds above and below me.
Posted Sep 29, 2004 3:34 pm

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