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Old 07-01-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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50th Anniversary of 1963 Giant Mtn Landslides

June 29, 2013 marked 50 years since intense rain triggered the Giant Mountain landslides that transformed the landscape and crafted the Bottle, Diagonal, Question Mark, Finger, Tulip and Eagle slides. The links below offer a couple of articles about the 1963 storm and slide, with eyewitness accounts:

Adirondack Almanac article (2013)
Adirondack Daily Enterprise article (2011)

The 1950 photo in the first article shows a very different western face from the familiar view currently offered from the AMR golf course.

Interesting reading for (another) rainy day in the High Peaks.

Credit due: Thank you Tony Goodwin for your message and link to the new article!

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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Interesting. Not to hyjack this thread, but a little more than 10 years ago, the Old Man's face fell off.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Not to hijack the not hijack, but hickoryskier was there that very day!!
He never saw the face or what was left of it, there was heavy rain and fog that day...
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:59 AM   #4
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Imagine the noise nearby when the face came down. hickoryskier what was behind the choice to hike near the Old Man in the heavy rain?

Pinpointing the date & time of a landscape change can be elusive, as it often happens during or after a heavy rain. Folks tend not to stay in the hills during nasty (or electric) weather, leaving few if any witnesses to such events.

After waiting out this July's early weeks of storms and rain, we went up Allen and were treated to a new view of two freshly-minted slides on Dix Mtn. Took a closer look the following weekend at the long, powerful swaths. Mountains are symbols of permanence, still every year there's something new to discover.
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