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Ascent of Spaulding Mountain on 2020-01-25

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Spaulding Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

After coming down from Sugarloaf Mountain, I was at the col, contemplating the uphill to the summit of Spaulding. I was going relatively slow but it felt shorter than I expected when I reached the spur for the summit. At least I was getting much less covered in snow on this part of the hike. The short 150m climb was easy and I soon reached the summit sign. I saw the terrain seemed to go a little higher further ahead so I bushwhacked a little bit until I was satisfied and went back to the trail.

I started downhill as I dreaded the ridge hike back to the Sugarloaf spur. I was taking more frequent breaks now and when I reached the col, I took another snack. Nowhere close to exhausted, it still seemed I was running on a lower energy reserve. I encountered no one on the AT and when I reached the junction, I expected this would be an entirely solo hike. The trail wasn't as steep as I thought and it wasn't long before I reached the spot where I had bushwhacked in on my way down from Sugarloaf. Breaking trail wasn't too hard and I eventually reached the treeline. I made my way back to my skis, picked my gear up, and went to the ski slopes to get ready for the downhill.

There, two women asked about my hike and it was a welcome chat. When I was ready, I started down Timberline. It was evident I was gassed and I had to take breaks every 30 turns or so. My quads were dead and the whiteout didn't help. When I made it to Bullwinkle's, I decided to go down the same way I came up, on Windrow. It was uneventful and I reached the bottom where I simply had to hike the few hundred meters back to my car. Removing my boots, I discovered three quarter-sized blisters that were surprisingly bearable.

After gearing down, I took the road back towards Eastman around 16:00, getting there around 18:30. It wasn't a glamorous list completion, but it's one thing now over with.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1655 ft / 504 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3440 ft / 1048 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.1 mi / 9.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, White-out
~-2°C
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:582 ft / 177 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 575 ft / 176 m; Extra: 7 ft / 2m
    Loss on way in:7 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:Col to Sugarloaf Mtn  3425 ft / 1043 m
    Time:44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3433 ft / 1046 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2360 ft / 720 m; Extra: 1073 ft / 327m
    Gain on way out:1073 ft / 327 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:AT, Timberline, Windrow trails
    End Trailhead:Sugarloaf parking E  1640 ft / 499 m
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Sugarloaf Mtn (jan. 2020)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Sugarloaf Mountain2020-01-25 a2977 ft / 907 m
2Spaulding Mountain2020-01-25 b1655 ft / 504 m
Total Trip Gain: 4632 ft / 1411 m    Total Trip Loss: 4632 ft / 1412 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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