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Ascent of Katahdin on 2008-02-24

Climber: robert gray

Others in Party:7 others in party
Date:Sunday, February 24, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Katahdin
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:5268 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

Distances
3 miles (almost all uphill) from golden rd to abol campground
3.8 miles from abol campground to Baxter peak
1 mile of tableland + 0.8 miles of rock slides (abol slide) + 2 miles of uphill wooded trail
Weather conditions
Saturday: sunny, big cloud on top of katahdin, upper 20s
Sunday morning: sunny, clear sky, upper 20s
Sunday at tableland: clear sky; 40-50mph winds with 60mph gusts
Sunday at summit: clear sky; 50-60mph winds with 70mph gusts
Sunday after summit: clear sky; upper 30s (snow melting and sticking to crampons)
Meals
Saturday = instant mashed potatoes + chicken with sautéed veggies and thai peanut sauce
Sunday = oatmeal + pop-tarts
Lunch = summer sausage + clif bars + snickers bar (made me nauseous on Sunday) + white cheddar cheese

Packed/brought items (*didn’t use) (†daypack) (?never packed)
Sleeping bag (-20ºF)
Fleece vest*†
Fleece hooded sweatshirt†
Orange/blue postal jacket*†
Double plastic mountaineering boots
Crampons†
Ice ax†
Nalgene bottle†
5 pairs of socks (used 4 pair)† (?2 pair)
ski boots
X-C skis
Ski poles
climbing helmet†
snowshoes†
sleeping pad
camera†
BSP map*†
Fruit snacks (2) †
Toothbrush*†
Toothpaste*†
ID*†
Money*†
Athletic tape†
Fleece gloves†
Black polyester gloves†
Burton oven mittens†
Gore-tex bibs
Fleece pants?
Burton long johns?
Windpants?
EB shell jacket?
Long-sleeve cold under armour shirt?
Short-sleeve warm under armour shirt?
Lunch†
Fleece hat?
Synthetic balaclava
Neoprene facemask
Ski goggles?
Headlamp
Synthetic liner gloves
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3968 ft / 1209 m
    Elevation Loss:4588 ft / 1398 m
    Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Grade/Class:Strenuous
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3968 ft / 1209 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Abol
    Trailhead:Abol Campground  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4588 ft / 1398 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:Abol
    Trailhead:Golden Rd/Abol Bridge  680 ft / 207 m
    Time Down:6 Hours 



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