About Kevin MudRat MacKenzie

Kevin MacKenzie, aka MudRat, is an Adirondack writer and photographer, licensed to guide in NY state and is associate registrar at St. Lawrence University. He is an avid rock/ice/slide climber, winter forty-sixer, board member of the Adirondack Climbers Coalition, volunteer guide for the DEC high-angle rescue team, and member of Climbing for Christ. His passion for pioneering new backcountry technical ice and rock routes takes him to some of the most remote areas in the High Peaks. Detailed information may be found at www.adirondackmountaineering.com.

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  1. Todd Eastman says

    Guiding a group of 12 in the Trap Dike, regardless of there being 3 guides is in my opinion, ethically and professionally irresponsible.

    It seems the crowding in the High Peaks is not limited to the trailheads…

  2. Lisa Madden says

    Three groups of 4 people each, with a guide being one of the four, doesn’t seem excessive. I’ve seen unguided groups of hikers of larger numbers scrambling up the Trap Dike.

  3. Pete Dozois says

    Probably November 1979 up trap Duke. Soaking wet in cotton 5 feet of snow on top. Almost froze to death for real!

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