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Colvin above west face on the north ridge of Basin Mountain - Adirondacks, NY | by Mountain Visions
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Colvin above west face on the north ridge of Basin Mountain - Adirondacks, NY

The descent from Basin Mountain, towards the Basin Saddleback col, involves steep descents down slabs and across narrow ledges like this. Only about 4 feet wide, the west side of the trail borders a several hundred foot drop.

 

The couple of miles of trail between Shorey Shortcut and the Orebed Trail are among the toughest in the Adirondacks, including sections of low 5th class scrambling and a 20ft vertical ladder. This stretch of trail is often avoided by human hikers and commonly refered to as the "steep and treacherous" south face of Saddleback.

 

Colvin is among only an estimated handful of dogs in any given decade to climb both Basin and Saddleback from the southern approach. Most often, canines are forced to climb Saddleback from the less technical northern approach, and then Basin from the south. More common still, most dogs sit out the stretch of mountains between Basin and the Gothics in favor of less technical terrain.

 

Totals for the day were about 16 miles and 6000ft gained over three 46ers; Basin, Saddleback and Gothics.

 

For more: Mountain Visions: The Wilderness Through My Eyes

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Taken on June 18, 2011