The state bought OK Slip Falls from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy in 2013, opening the trail the following summer. The conservancy acquired the falls in 2007 when it bought all of Finch, Pruyn & Company’s 161,000 acres for $110 million. The OK Slip parcel is now part of the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area.
A veteran ice climber says ascending the frozen cataract is not difficult, but it is risky. By Don Mellor It was suggested to me recently that “if God wanted us to climb ice, He wouldn’t have made it so slippery.” Theology aside, there’s probably some inverse truth here: we want to climb ice precisely because it’s so slippery. We shouldn’t be doing it. It defies everything fundamental about the world as we learned it. It breaks some heavy rules. Still, we put nasty spikes on our boots and grab tight to a razor pair of ice claws—and there we are, >>More