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05-24-2006, 06:41 PM
has anyone climbed the slide on slide mt. ? I have climbed slide many times from the winnisook lake side but am interested to climb via the slide if possible. any info on where it is located and if it can be climbed would be great. thanks !
05-25-2006, 12:25 AM
I have not climbed nor descended the slide. It is on that northeast face. The top is on the northern ridge of the mountain, probably not far off the current trail, approximately at the cross hairs of this map (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=18&n=4650054&e=550727&s=50&size=l&datum=nad83&layer=DRG25). The slide descends northeast to the stream shown on the map.
The slide occurred in July 1819. It is reportedly only 50-60' wide and 1000' long/tall. In the winter of 1982 there was some scouring on a tributary of the 1819 slide. At present it is reportedly overgrown, but still very unstable, loose rock, very steep, and a pain to walk. The walk between the Woodland Valley and the base of the slide is also not pleasant, rocky with many ups and downs.
John Burroughs' description of his descent of the slide (June 10, 1885) can be found at this link to his essay "The Heart of the Southern Catskills" (http://www.catskillarchive.com/jb/heartsouthern.htm). The essay covers his ascent of Wittenberg on the way to Slide. The slide descent is about 3/4 of the way through the essay. Look for the paragraph that begins: "We were now not long in squaring an account with Slide, and making ready to leave."
05-25-2006, 01:26 PM
Thanks much for the info ! I dont think i'll be making that hike any time to soon. I know what you mean about the rough walk ( rock hop ) to woodland valley. In the summer 0f 1980 i hiked ( rock hopped ) down the stream to woodland valley after an abortive attempt at climbing the burroughs range. While enjoying the view from the top of slide i pointed out the rather ominous looking path we were to take to my hiking companion. He protested vehemently, pretty much telling me he was not going to do it. We didnt have much of a choice as we where to be met at woodland valley for a ride out. Another hiker on the summit over heard us and suggested we use the cutoff route from the col of slide and cornell down to the stream to woodland valley. After much procrastination on my part i gave in. After rock hopping, downstream, for what seemed like an eternity my buddy apologized and said " i think we should have went the other way " . So if thats the acsess to the slide i dont think i'll be doing it. I would like to see it . Does anyone have any pictures they could post ? Thanks again ! Happy hiking !
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