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  • The old Macomb Slide?

    I was sort of wondering about this one. It's a hard one to do a forum search as info just comes up for the current Macomb slide. Looking at the old McMartin map has me sort of curious. Anyone climb it lately? Or back in the day? I see on Google earth a pretty wide array of Slides on Macomb. I seem to remember someone saying the whack along the ridge from the old slide to the summit is pretty brutal. I'd be a bit more interested in exploring some of the various fingers of the slides rather than using this as an alternative summit approach. No cripplebush push necessary.

    Anyway, thanks for any info!
    Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

    There's always gonna be another mountain
    I'm always gonna wanna make it move
    Always gonna be an uphill battle
    Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
    Ain't about how fast I get there
    Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
    It's the climb
    -Miley Cyrus

  • #2
    Climbed it in the mid-to-late 80's; at the time it was the "normal" route to Macomb. By the time I did my winter ascent a couple of years later, we were already using the current route.

    I remember it being a really pleasant climb. Lots of loose rubble, not a clean expanse of rock like other slides. Longer (more slide, less herd path) than the current one as I recall. At the time, there was a well established herd path from the south summit to the actual summit, but I'd have no trouble believing that after all this time, it's a nasty whack. I don't remember much about what options there were on the slide since I was pretty much just interested in the most direct route to the summit.

    Hope this helps - fun to climb it for historical reasons if nothing else!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Teleskier View Post

      fun to climb it for historical reasons if nothing else!
      Right? I have a half-baked idea to hike some of the older approaches:
      Couchie from Cold River (with a visit to the hermitage of course)
      Marcy up the slide using the old Phelps route and etc.

      Definitely some helpful info, thanks so much.
      Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

      There's always gonna be another mountain
      I'm always gonna wanna make it move
      Always gonna be an uphill battle
      Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
      Ain't about how fast I get there
      Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
      It's the climb
      -Miley Cyrus

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      • #4
        Dunbar, did a report of his climb. I remember how much it sucked to miss.

        HERE
        Be quick - but don't hurry. -John Wooden

        Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier. ~Dan Bennett

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cory D View Post
          Dunbar, did a report of his climb. I remember how much it sucked to miss.

          HERE
          Interesting... that's a third option; the one I was referring to is the '47 slide. I misspoke about it coming up to the "south summit", it's the middle of three, I guess. Thanks for the link!

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          • #6
            hahahaha. I JUST found that report and was about to post it. Sounds pretty good!

            Looks like you could spend a nice long day checking out some of these. Again, taking a look at the aerials, there are a lot of options.
            Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

            There's always gonna be another mountain
            I'm always gonna wanna make it move
            Always gonna be an uphill battle
            Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
            Ain't about how fast I get there
            Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
            It's the climb
            -Miley Cyrus

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            • #7
              August 25th, 1981.

              There isn't much written in my spiral notepad:
              1. Got tips from some folks at Slide Brook lean-to.
              2. Slide is exhilarating and very tough.
              3. Climbed the final rocky bluff.


              All I recall is treading on smooth rock overgrown with vegetation and hemmed in by encroaching trees (an old, old, slide). A bit of loose rock here and there but nothing like the current herd-path to Macomb. That explains why, when I returned in 2010, the current slide-route came as a huge surprise to me! I had no idea my original route had fallen out of fashion. I do remember free-climbing the final rocky bluff because it looked more sporting than skirting it. To the best of my knowledge, this bluff is on the southernmost knob of Macomb's ridge.

              If you zoom in on Macomb's right-most knob, in this photo, you'll see a rocky bluff. The old slide (or, at the very least, the route I had taken in 1981) led to this bluff.



              Let me know if you want company for this trip. It might be fun to walk up memory lane!
              Looking for Views!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Trail Boss View Post

                Let me know if you want company for this trip. It might be fun to walk up memory lane!


                Awesome, thanks for the info. I love these kind of threads for the stories alone.
                I'll definitely keep you posted if this firms up.
                Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

                There's always gonna be another mountain
                I'm always gonna wanna make it move
                Always gonna be an uphill battle
                Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
                Ain't about how fast I get there
                Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
                It's the climb
                -Miley Cyrus

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                • #9
                  Hurrican floyd did a nice job on that area. I believe the 46ers cut the new herd path and the old path and slide were left to the trees. There is no herd path along the ridge now.

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                  • #10
                    This doesn't seem like it will be of much help, but for a historical perspective, here is what Trudy Healy's 1972 edition of A Climber's Guide To The Adirondacks says about the Macomb slides:

                    MACOMB VIA THE SLIDES FROM ELK LAKE
                    (Mt. Marcy Quadrangle) Base: Elk Lake (Northway exit 29).

                    As suggested in the ADK Trail Guide, section D, follow the Elk Lake-Dix Trail past the orange colored brooks at the foot of the slide (now covered with second growth) to the good-sized brook at 2.25 miles. Follow the brook about one-half mile to the first significant tributary coming in from the south. Follow this tributary through the second growth to the open sections of the slide track. A wide dirt slide from the north, descending to the tributary about three-quarters of a mile from the main stream, offers the shortest route to the summit ridge, but this route is troublesome and dangerous because of loose rock. Another slide from the north striking the tributary about one-quarter mile farther up the valley offers a better route which leads to a junction with the dirt slide below the cliffs of the summit ridge. The cliffs may he climbed by competent rock climbers but a safer route to the ridge top is found in the woods about one hundred yards to the north. From the ridge top it is about one-half mile north to the summit.

                    Another enjoyable though more demanding route is found by continuing up the afore-mentioned tributary stream to the slides above. These lead to the ridge top south of the spot reached by the route earlier described.

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                    • #11
                      The first time we did Macomb 30 years ago the "dirt slide", and then the herd path to the North (climber's left) around the summit cliffs was the standard ADK hiking guidebook route. It was a fine route, as long as you were careful of the loose rubble on the slide.

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                      • #12
                        That is actually super helpful cliff house! Nice route archaeology!
                        Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

                        There's always gonna be another mountain
                        I'm always gonna wanna make it move
                        Always gonna be an uphill battle
                        Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
                        Ain't about how fast I get there
                        Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
                        It's the climb
                        -Miley Cyrus

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                        • #13
                          This one is tentatively on the docket for this weekend.
                          Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

                          There's always gonna be another mountain
                          I'm always gonna wanna make it move
                          Always gonna be an uphill battle
                          Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
                          Ain't about how fast I get there
                          Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
                          It's the climb
                          -Miley Cyrus

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                          • #14
                            I took this route in '95 and again a couple years ago. It was surprisingly thick at the top. A faint herdpath dwindled to nothing. Lost a compass somewhere in there and didn't have the energy to go back for it. It was a great fight against the vegetation. I'm no sure who won but it was fun both times. I prefer the current slide in winter months.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bud View Post
                              I took this route in '95 and again a couple years ago. It was surprisingly thick at the top. A faint herdpath dwindled to nothing. Lost a compass somewhere in there and didn't have the energy to go back for it. It was a great fight against the vegetation. I'm no sure who won but it was fun both times. I prefer the current slide in winter months.
                              If we see the compass, we'll get it to you haha. I suspect the ridge will be very thick. The Dix Range seems to be fertile territory for blow-down and thick vegetation.
                              Crepuscular Rays: Dissolve into evergreens

                              There's always gonna be another mountain
                              I'm always gonna wanna make it move
                              Always gonna be an uphill battle
                              Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
                              Ain't about how fast I get there
                              Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side...
                              It's the climb
                              -Miley Cyrus

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