Panther Gorge
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Panther Gorge


Two thousand feet deep and lined with sheer cliffs, the rugged chasm sits between Marcy and Haystack, New York’s first and third highest mountains. In between the jaws of the peaks sits an intriguing set of natural curiosities: spires, talus mazes, glacial erratics, ponds, rills, and forest.

Panther Gorge begins with a detailed description of the area’s topography followed by a rich history.

Step back into the 1800’s and walk in the footsteps of author Alfred B. Street, surveyor Verplanck Colvin, and guides Orson “Old Mountain” Phelps and Jim Goodwin. Jump forward a century and read about the modern day pioneers of rock and ice climbing.


Part two of Panther Gorge chronicles the author’s decade-long journey with other local mountaineers to develop new rock climbing and ice climbing routes. Vicariously experience a blustery winter ascent up blue ice or enjoy the serenity of exploring on a temperate summer morning.


If you are a hiker, climber, adventurer, or someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, Panther Gorge is a key addition for your collection and the only book dedicated to the subject.



228 pages with over 170 color photographs, maps, and route plates.

General history beginning with its naming in the 1800's.

Rock and ice climbing history with a complete list of first ascents from 1965-2019.

37 firsthand accounts from 2009 through the winter of 2018.

Edited by author Tony Goodwin.

Foreword by climber and author Don Mellor.

Illustrations by Nolan Huther.


Printed in color on 70 lb. paper.

ISBN-13: 978-0-578-48061-9.

LCCN: 2019902719.

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