About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. Bob Loblaw says

    The Trap Dike is an excellent climb and can be easily soloed with two technical ice axes and crampons mounted to a stiff soled mountaineering boot in winter with the only technical crux being the waterfall section. In summer, it’s a great class 4 climb with serious exposure in waterfall section. It’s not a hike until you break out onto the face and it turns into a slab climb. Weather(as usual) defines the appropriate times to climb such a route. Following an extended dry period in summer, or after snow conditions have consolidated in winter(late season) is the best time to hit it.

    • Bob Loblaw says

      PS If attempting it for the first time and your NOT going with someone who has already been, then class 5 rock climbing experience should be a prerequisite(for summer)…IMO…unless you’ve done a bunch of class 4 already and are comfortable route finding in areas with significant exposure.

    • James J Walsh says

      Wow Bob, your detail to Trap Dike has me thinking why bother. Your comments first of all were awesome Thank You. Your comments were so awesome I feel like I’ve already climbed the Trap Dike and if I memorize most of what you said, then who would doubt me, bottom line and all seriousness and sincerity, your comments kindle confidence. Well communicated.

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