Slide climbing can be an exciting way to explore the Adirondacks, combining elements of both hiking and rock climbing. The wide open expanses of rock provide outstanding views and as a bonus, many Adirondack slides become backcountry ski destinations in the winter, including the slides pictured here.
While the Adirondacks are one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet, they are also a dynamic, changing landscape. These slides were formed recently, in 1993.
Like most Adirondack slides, these were formed as the result of a an unusually heavy summer downpour. Rainwater soaks the thin, high elevation soils and eventually the soil gives way, stripping soil, roots and vegetation down to the underlying white anorthosite bedrock.
Some recommended slide climbs in the High Peaks include Giant (the Bottle and Eagle slides), Colden (the Trap Dike), Nippletop, Gothics, the Dix range, Whiteface and others. Make sure you bring along a map, guidebook, route-finding skills and hiking shoes with good friction. Steeper slides may require a climbing rope, shoes and gear plus the know-how to use them.
Post your guess in the comments below if you think you know the location of the slides pictured above.