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Marcy East Face Climb and Circumnavigation: A Day with an ADK Forest Ranger

Posted by Kevin MacKenzie,
North Country explorer from
August 27, 2013

Panther Gorge is remote, stunningly beautiful, seemingly primeval and humbling. One has to explore it to understand the full depth of its beauty with its talus caves, drainages and hanging moss. You have to descend between the vertical cliffs of Little Haystack and Marcy to feel the power of the area. It doesn’t take long to feel completely alone: isolated. To then climb Marcy’s East Face and explore it from all sides cannot completely be described. If anywhere is my home away from home, this is it.

This was a day of learning since Azimuth (Forest Ranger Scott van Laer) was my partner. Spending a day like this with him gave me a deeper insight and renewed respect for his profession--his ethics and breadth of knowledge.

It’s difficult to top such a day…

Full text, photographs and video: http://forums.adkhighpeaks.com/showthread.php?t=22567 or www.mackenziefamily.com/46/46r.html.


Erika Barthelmess

Another great post Kevin! We're working on a new interface for the encounter reports that will allow us to better showcase neat photos like yours...coming sometime this fall!

Posted: 08/27/2013 - 15:34

Kevin MacKenzie

Super, Erika! I look forward to that.

Posted: 08/27/2013 - 15:47