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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
    Total Elevation Gain:3030 ft / 922 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3030 ft / 922 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,and 3
    Quality:6 (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
    Gain on way in:2945 ft / 897 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2860 ft / 872 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Loss on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Fire Warden Trail
    Start Trailhead:TH to Fire Warden Trail  1180 ft / 359 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2945 ft / 897 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2860 ft / 872 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  1180 ft / 359 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes



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