About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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  1. Greg Petliski says

    Most excellent trip report! Funny yet informative. I loved the multiple mentions of the 1850 first ascent. To think, without virbam rubber, without anyone elses trip report to go by, those two dudes scaled it. Wow.

  2. Zach says

    I did the trap dike a few years ago and this brought back some good memories of it. it was definitely a fun time and a perfect cross between rock climbing and hiking.

  3. turbide says

    My late hiking partner, David Cooney, and I climbed Colden via the trap dike in the early 70s. Fortunately, it was a dry summer and the weather was spectacular. This article brings back many fond memories of doing the high peaks. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jeanne says

    I’ve climbed the trap dike twice in the 80’s with my husband Paul. It was a great experience. When you make this climb be at your best!

  5. Erika says

    What a wonderfully written post!! You are very skillful with a pen (or keyboard, for that matter). I really enjoyed reading this as I learned a lot and laughed in the process.

  6. Gary Rosenbaum says

    We did the Trap dike in 1974, me age 16, my friend also 16 and my little brother aged 8, my father was always wanting to do these crazy adventures, we had only minimal experience in mountain climbing having done Marcy previously, it was late May and snow was still around, unfortunately we exited the waterfall too early and found ourselves in a very steep and dangerous smooth rock face,my little brother was in a shock like “Tharn” state and wouldn’t move, so I picked him up and pushed his behind forward up the incline, luckily we all made it, all in all a memorable experience.

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