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Ice Climbing on Mt. Colden West Gully (Cruciflyer) Slide

Posted by Kevin MacKenzie,
North Country explorer from
December 8, 2013

Photo 1: Mosaic of various slide areas.
Photo 2: Kevin climbing a lower section of the slide, photo by NP Photography.
Photo 3: Beautiful ice formations were on the left for a 1/4 mile.
Photo 4: One of the 3 rappels we employed.
Photo 5: Kevin walking under a large overhang just before the most exposed pitches.

Photos and text: http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23392 or www.mackenziefamily.com/46/46r.html

Our goal for the day was something on the west side of Colden, it didn’t really matter what as long as it was ‘in’. After finding another group ahead and two others behind at the Trap Dike, we opted for the solitude of the West Gully Slide aka The Cruciflyer. It promised over 1200 feet of elevation gain and some 2250 ground feet of climbing. Views of Wright and Algonquin were stunning from the aspect of the West Gully especially in combination with the double fall line of the slide.