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Ascent of Mount Abraham on 2010-07-02

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Abraham
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Awoke at 4:30AM packed, then awoke Danny and left docks at Rockwood at 6:10. Drove to town where we followed the ragged and unpaved road "Rapid Stream Road" looking for the bridge that crosses the stream. The drive to area was 2 hours 45 minutes but had trouble finding the brige crossings. There was not good signage and there was a camp with an inhabitant near the TH that appeared to be squatting. Still, after crossing the old bridge with my suberban and wondering if I would brake through - we parked car and found the marked TH marker.

Very steep trails and rugged in places. 2.8 miles to Fire Warden hut and 4 miles to summit. Upper 800 feet of climb contained some easy scrambling and boulder pathfindings. Steep climbing. Trail was semi mantained. A club tried to keep it well maintained but a lot of winter tree fall made it filled with downed obstacles. Lots of seepage bogs along the way and 6 stream crossing going and coming back. Danny fell 8 times! I hit my head on branches 3 times. Summit has Fire Tower legs but no top. Bald peak so good views in all directions but not as spectacular scenery as Katahdin or Borestone.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3030 ft / 922 m
    Elevation Loss:3030 ft / 922 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,and 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
cool and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2945 ft / 897 m
    Extra Loss:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Fire Warden Trail
    Trailhead:TH to Fire Warden Trail  1180 ft / 359 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2945 ft / 897 m
    Extra Gain:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:same
    Trailhead:same  1180 ft / 359 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 40 Minutes



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