Ascent of Chimney Peak on 2011-10-08

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Luiza Manceau
Myriam Chênevert
Brigitte Benoit
Date:Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chimney Peak
    Elevation:4900 ft / 1493 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were waiting for a clear chance at starting our ascent of Chimney Peak at the col. There was a lot of traffic and we didn't want to impede any hikers' descent. After a few minutes though we realized we wouldn't move for a while if we didn't just force our way through. Philippe decided to climb further left from where people were coming down and I went for a line a little further right. We passed a few people and rejoined with the usual line up the peak when most of the big group was past us. While waiting for the girls to catch up, we watched as some people tried to bypass the climb up Pamola by following a ledge at the col towards Helon Taylor trail. They didn't make it very far before turning back and waiting in line to get up the usual route.

When we were all back together past the tricky scramble, it was a formality to reach Chimney Peak's summit. From there we could see much of our route on the Knife Edge. The view down to Chimney pond was incredible and on the other side of the ridge, we had a very clear sight of the surrounding lakes.

The descent on the Knife Edge was exhilarating. Luiza wasn't too comfortable so I stayed close, never further than 10 meters in front. Brigitte had taken off way further as she seemed very at ease. Philippe and Myriam were somewhere in between Brigitte and us. We regrouped on suitable spots a few times but further on we spread over a very long distance.

Descending towards the col (photo by Myriam Chênevert).

Hikers descending Chimney Peak towards the col (photo by Myriam Chênevert).

A hiker climbing up an easy dihedral/crack on Pamola (photo by Myriam Chênevert).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Total Elevation Loss:186 ft / 56 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2, 3, 4
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Exceptional Indian summer the whole time!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:84 ft / 25 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0.1 km
    Route:Knife Edge trail
    Start Trailhead:Pamola/Chimney col  4816 ft / 1467 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:186 ft / 56 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 120 ft / 37 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Knife Edge trail
    End Trailhead:Somewhere on the Knife Edge  4780 ft / 1456 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Baxter State Park (October 2011) (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pamola Peak2011-10-08 a3534 ft / 1077 m
2Chimney Peak2011-10-08 b150 ft / 46 m
3Katahdin-South Peak2011-10-08 c523 ft / 159 m
4Katahdin2011-10-08 d183 ft / 56 m
5South Howe Peak2011-10-09 a2459 ft / 750 m
6Hamlin Peak2011-10-09 b221 ft / 67 m
Total Trip Gain: 7070 ft / 2155 m    Total Trip Loss: 5635 ft / 1718 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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