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Abstract

Rock, soil, and vegetation avalanche down the slopes of the Adirondack Mountains, especially the High Peaks, on a regular basis. These landslides occur most often in response to heavy rainfall events and saturated conditions. The first guides and explorers used slides as the path of least resistance en route to various summits. Some slides have received considerable interest because of their recreational potential, location and accessibility, recent activity, or the well exposed geological features they contain. Tropical Storm Irene struck the region on August 28, 2011. It wreaked havoc on local communities, as well as, many areas of the backcountry. The deluge triggered over forty significant slides and countless minor ones, some of which are easily accessible. It thus opened up slide climbing to a wider audience and provided exceptional bedrock exposures for geoscientists interested in the Adirondack Region. The text below incorporates a short history of the slides and a sample of the more interesting Irene-related slides.

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