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Ascent of South Crocker Mountain on 2014-08-28

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi Quinlan
Date:Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Crocker Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

August 28, 2014
S. Crocker – N. Crocker – Redington
8:05 am
I love the fact that Caribou Valley road has been redone (fixed) so we could drive right to the gate just shy of the scary metal bridge. We started up the CVR and found that the gate was open and if you DARED you could drive in even further. This morning is overcast and in the high 50’s. Weatherman is predicting clearing skies and temps in the low 70’s. Sounds like a great day to be out hiking!
9:05 am
We reached the Crocker cirque campsite. The trail so far has been pretty easy with only gradual ups. But now the real climbing begins! There are a couple of good scrambles to get up. Along the way we ran into Ian, who is now the caretaker over at Bigelow. As he went by us he said “I recognize you”. Turns out he was caretaker over at Guyot over in NH when Lil-Yeti and I spent a few nights there some 4 years ago!
9:55 am
We reached the summit of S. Crocker. The clouds have blown off the peaks so we had a pretty good view over to Sugarloaf with all its towers and buildings. Ian was already there so we joined him for a mid-morning snack. We had a great visit.
10:20 am
After a nice visit Ian headed toward Redington and then shortly thereafter Gudi also headed to Redington and I went toward N. Crocker. After a quick stop there I will return and hope to catch with Gudi as she heads to Redington. Hopefully the herdpath is easy to follow. I don’t really like splitting up with her, but we have GPSr and walkie-talkies so we can keep in contact (as long as one of us is on a mountain summit and we both aren’t in a col!)
10:45 am
I reached the summit of N. Crocker. Not much to see here that is for sure! I thought it was funny because there were a couple of notes left from AT through-hikers trying to meet up with their lost hiking partners. I guess leaving pieces of paper with notes on them held down by rocks on the summit of mountains is the way AT hikers communicate! The trail between the Crockers has lots of loose rock, but it the “not so slippery” kind and since the trail is dry, the going was pretty easy.
10:50 am
Left the summit of N. Crocker and headed back to S. Crocker.
11:15 am
Back on S. Crocker and headed toward Redington and hoping to find Gudi. We have been in contact via the walkie-talkies and she is able to follow the herd path with no problem. Ian had warned us about not following the land boundary which is a wider-swath with painting on trees. There is a small section that we followed but there is a sharp left that is marked with a cairn that you need to take.
12:15 pm
Caught up with Gudrun along the way and we reached Redington together. The herd path is was pretty easy to follow, not just because it is worn in, but several people believe they need to flag the trail with surveyors tape. The best part is that the guy with the green tape felt he had to tag the EXACT same trees that the guy with the orange flags! Ian thought the Crockers and Redington reminded him of the Santanonis in NY. I think they are more like Cliff and Redfield, they are there, but not much of a view and other than their height, not much of reason to visit them! But anyway, the summit of Redington has been cleared, and there are remnants of anchors still in the rock bed. Might have been a fire tower here at one time? The clouds are breaking up and the sun is able to peek through.
12:25 pm
After a quick lunch and a little relaxing we headed off the summit. We are going to try a different way back to the car. Instead of going back over S. Crocker for the third time today there is a path that heads off Redington (well flagged by at least 4 different shades of orange and green surveyors tape) and down to the old logging roads and eventually back to Caribou Pond Road.
The start of the path is very nice, pretty much straight down, but not steep. No rocks to speak of, but a bit grown in on the sides. We soon hit one of the logging roads and then we did a few turns before finally reaching the Caribou Pond Road . This way is longer than going back over S. Crocker but it is much easier on the knees!
2:50 pm
Back at the car! I must admit, the mountains on the south side of the Caribou Pond road are much nicer than these, but still today was a good day to be out hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Overcast, cool, high Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:11.1 mi / 17.8 km
    Route:CVR, AT
    Start Trailhead:Caribou Valley Rd  340 ft / 103 m
    Time:6 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Crocker-Redington

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1South Crocker Mountain2014-08-28 a3700 ft / 1128 m
2Crocker Mountain2014-08-28 b 
3Mount Redington2014-08-28 c 
Total Trip Gain: 3700 ft / 1128 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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