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 Post subject: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:10 pm 
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If anyone has information on rock slides and new terrain opened up by Hurricane Irene please share it here!

Here are some websites that have photos/info on the Adirondack slides

http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/tag/irene-slides/

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes/2011/10/19/climbing-the-new-saddleback-slide/

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226676967381928.50114.146459662070326&type=1


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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:07 pm 
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There's a very short article in this month's Backcountry about the new slides. But it was more of a hype piece than useful information as no one has actually gotten to ride or scope them with snow.

Being back on the East Coast I find myself interested again in the 'dacks! Went up to Avalanche Lake this summer for the first time and it's just beautiful up there. Just touring up there would be great.

Keep us posted! :rock:


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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:14 am 
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I'm happy to try to answer any questions you have about the new ADK slides created by Irene. I've been climbing a bunch of them this fall, scoping out stuff for the winter. I took many of the photos in the Adk Explorer mag article you linked. I could go on forever with beta, would be easier to answer specific questions. The best thing about the new slides is that many of them now cross major hiking/skiing trails, so approaches are going to be much easier than in the past. A few, though, are really clogged with trees and debris and will need lots of snow to fill-in. Others are extremely clean, like someone took a giant powerwasher to the mountain.

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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:49 pm 
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Yes! :clap: Cham- be in touch when you're goin up.


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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:23 pm 
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looks like few nights at peggy'o would be in order this season


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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:05 am 
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There have been a handfull of new slides discovered in the whites post irene. One is on the backside of wildcat mountain and Hilmans highway next to tuckermans ravine got bigger after Irene

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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:01 pm 
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I've climbed up Hillmans a couple of time this month. Crazy. Lots of precarious boulders the size of cars and a good deal of water ice. Wind has been loading a little snow but right now its an ice climb. In other news I got about 20-30 turns on the eastern snowfields. Its windbuff but probably the only rideable natural snow in New England. Pics to come
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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:15 pm 
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ridefreeordie wrote:
I've climbed up Hillmans a couple of time this month. Crazy. Lots of precarious boulders the size of cars and a good deal of water ice. Wind has been loading a little snow but right now its an ice climb. In other news I got about 20-30 turns on the eastern snowfields. Its windbuff but probably the only rideable natural snow in New England. Pics to come
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I was at wildcat on tuesday(boilerplate) and I looked at the east fields they looked icy. I cannot wait to do some white mt touring I am in conway quite a bit so hit me up if you need a bc buddy

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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:27 pm 
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I have a question for you guys that ride the adirondacks. Have you done avi training and do you carry beacons shovels probes. Same question for the whites. There is a nice article on adirondack avalanches in the avi forum that got my mind wandering. I don't plan on riding this terrain this winter but I would like to with more experience. Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:54 pm 
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802smuggler wrote:
I have a question for you guys that ride the adirondacks. Have you done avi training and do you carry beacons shovels probes. Same question for the whites. There is a nice article on adirondack avalanches in the avi forum that got my mind wandering. I don't plan on riding this terrain this winter but I would like to with more experience. Thanks in advance.


Yes, these are serious avalanche zones. Knowledge, beacon, shovel and probe are mandatory for all alpine zones. The Adirondacks are particularly difficult to safely navigate because of the extremely shallow snowpack. What shows up in one evaluation may be completely different 200 yds away on the same aspect and pitch. There is also no avy forecast for the ADK.

The Whites can be pretty extreme, by east coast standards. For Mount Washington proper, you can reference the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/. Like you will consistently see on this website, "If it is large enough to recreate on, it is large enough to avalanche."

Both of these areas have produced avalanches that have taken lives. They are great zones that deserve ultimate respect. Don't let that keep you away, just go in with knowledge and don't be afraid to back out.

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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:32 pm 
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Thanks for the good info. I guess a good place to start is to get over to new york and get involved in a class.


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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
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Yeah, definitely take a class. NY, VT or NH. Petra cliffs offers a level 1 class on mt mansfield. I know a few people that have taken this class and liked it.

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 Post subject: Re: Irene Rock Slide Splitting
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Anyone been out lately? Looks like spring is coming in hot (literally) so most of the snow may not be sticking around much longer (I hope not, but I don't make the weather). Hoping to get out there to tag a couple slides sometime during the next week or two.


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