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Friday, September 24, 2010

Eagle Slide video

Photographer Carl Heilman II on the approach to the Eagle Slide. Photo by Phil Brown.

Photographer Carl Heilman II on the approach to the Eagle Slide. Photo by Phil Brown.

Anybody who pays attention to the photo credits in the Adirondack Explorer knows how much we rely on the work of Carl Heilman II to enliven our pages. In our next issue, we plan to run Carl’s photos of the Eagle Slide on Giant Mountain–which many people regard as the most spectacular slide in the Adirondacks.

I climbed the Eagle last month with Carl and Eli Bickford, a twelve-year-old boy who loves slides. Besides taking photos, Carl shot the video embedded below. The short clip shows me ascending a crack near the top of the slide. I advise those wondering about the steepness of the Eagle to watch it.

Just a background note: I climbed the crack twice, because the video recorder was not turned on the first time. At the start of the clip, I am getting in position for the second attempt. Also, I had badly scraped my fingers in a slip earlier in the day, so they were more or less useless at this point. I relied on my palms and my feet to get me up.

Look for a full report in the November/December issue.

Phil Brown

Contributor Phil Brown was editor of the Adirondack Explorer from 1999-2018. When he isn't at his desk, he's usually out hiking, paddling, skiing, or doing something else important.

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5 Responses

  1. Julia says:

    Impressive, especially for a man who had just left his fingertips on a rock face.

  2. Phil says:

    Julia, 5 weeks later, they’re almost healed. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Jim Godemann says:


    My palms were getting sweaty just watching you do that.


  4. Phil says:

    Jim, it’s not as hard as it might appear.

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