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Climbing the Griffin Brook Slide

Adirondack Photography - Climbing the Griffin Brook Slide

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In the last few years, there have been a tremendous number of slides created in the Adirondacks. A slide is basically an area where the soil has washed off of the mountain. This results from thin soils on steep rock, combined with saturating rains. As a result, the whole mess gets washed down the mountain, making new routes for adventurous types to explore.

This particular slide is several years old, and relatively short, but impressive nonetheless. What makes slides so inviting to climbers is that it opens up new views where there previously were none. Many routes in the Adirondacks provide few if any views due to the heavy tree cover. Slides change all of that, as you can see from this photo.

On this particular climb, a group of my friends and I bushwhacked our way west from Route 30 to the base of the slide. The route was relatively easy to find since it followed Griffin Brook right to the base. The slide itself was very steep in some spots, but manageable. Even on this overcast day, the views were awesome. However, since the sky was overcast and featureless, I cropped most of it from the photo.

For the Shutterbugs:

"Climbing the Griffin Brook Slide" was created with my Nikon F4 camera, and 28 - 70 mm lens, hand-held. Film - Kodak E100VS , ISO 100. No Filtration. Exposure f5.6 at 1/60thof a second.

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