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Ascent of The Horns on 2014-07-30

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Horns
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3805 ft / 1159 m

Ascent Trip Report

Back to the AT heading away from the North Horn, the south Horn is on the AT. It was a very steep, large rock climb that would make a difficult climb with a full and heavy backpack but at least it is not very far. The views are good of the Sugarloaf ski area (if you like the view of ski trails cutting up a mountain) and back at West Peak but I thought all and all the views off the North Horn were more interesting and 360 degrees.

Karen, Willy, and I then descended into the thick cloud cover hoping to avoid rain and down the seemingly endless saddle between the horns and the West Peak. The saddle is not simply a downclimb. It levels out and re-climbs several times giving the feeling of a false saddle at least 3 times! It was a relief when we finally started the upward leg of the West Peak Ascent but it was farther down the Bigelow Ridge than one would seem.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:560 ft / 170 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 steep
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
60F on verge of rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:125 ft / 38 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:saddle between Horns  3680 ft / 1121 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:560 ft / 170 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 485 ft / 148 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Gain on way out:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:AT
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Horn and West Peak  3320 ft / 1011 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Bigalow

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1The Horns-North Peak2014-07-30 a2779 ft / 847 m
1Bigelow Mountain2014-07-30 c840 ft / 256 m
2The Horns2014-07-30 b200 ft / 61 m
4Avery Peak2014-07-30 d418 ft / 127 m
Total Trip Gain: 4237 ft / 1291 m    Total Trip Loss: 4237 ft / 1292 m



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