the day I fell in love with the dacks....to return too many times to count
What a beautiful winter day. Sky was void of clouds as we started hiking. Clouded up as we got to the summit. Made for som interesting orange and red hues on the coulds when looking east. Awesome views of Marcy and the McIntyre Range. Colden is one of my favorite hikes in the 'Daks. Also summited in the summer via the trap dike, as a sunset hike, and from Lake Colden. This is a mountain that is not to be missed. Gotta love the balanced rock.
Beautiful day, beautiful route.
Pretty nice day but cold on the way down. Did with Armstrong and Sawteeth.
did this one in reverse. went up easy side and descended trap dyke. still way awesome!! the clouds were passing by at high rates of speed! and after descent the traverse past avalanche lake is classic! or b-4 ascent if youre smart
Climbed with my dad and a friend on a beautiful June day.
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.
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.
Ascended via the Trap Dike and main slide. A great grueling summer climb. Wind and rain picked up once we reached the summit.
Second time up the Trap Dike. The winter ascent was cold. Great views
Full winter conditions with my wife. A long day. Exhausting snow travel.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hiked through the debris of the new slide in the mist. Recently cut out by trail crews. Steep.
First of many Hike Peaks. Led by one of the greatest.