Ascent of Mount Abraham on 2008-11-09

Climber: Monica Trust

Others in Party:Michael
Date:Sunday, November 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Abraham
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first summit we reached after a hike on an old logging road, and a bushwhack through thick brush. Bushwhacks are interesting. They are definitely not for everyone. I have done a few bushwhacks and have been miserable. This one, I thought was kind of fun. We had to walk through muddy bogs, climb over, under and through wet trees all the while looking for some way to get to the trail. People who had done the bushwhack before us left blue ribbon tied to trees helping us find our way. Everytime I saw a blue ribbon, I would get psyched because I knew we were going in the right direction. It helped that Michael had his GPS and had done his research beforehand. Plus we had Arm who had done this bushwhack in the winter. You have to not mind getting wet, dirty and whacked in the face. But when you consider the alternative -- crossing a raging river( sometimes several times), hiking a lot more distance, etc. -- a bushwhack is the better choice. Not all hikes are like this, but every so often the challenge is great. Once we saw trail we all rejoiced in making it through. The day started to clear up as we got closer to the summit. Once we got to the summit it was quite windy, but sunny. There was an underground manmade shelter, which we crawled into and ate our lunch. It was a welcomed reprieve away from the cold wind assaulting our senses (okay, that's a little dramatic, but it was a bit chilly though).

Arm gave Michael and I a certificate for finishing our 48 NH 4000 peaks. (Later he would follow up with the certificate for the NE 67 via email). I thought that was a very nice surprise. Once we were done eating we made our way down to the path by which we came.

By the time we got started for peak #66 Spaulding and peak #67 Sugarloaf, it was pretty evident that we were going to finish in the dark. It's early November and it starts to get dark at about 4:15. The group was not moving all that fast, but even if we moved at record speed, it didn't matter, we still wouldn't finish before nightfall. Arm and Spruce volunteer to run ahead and try to finish so they could go fetch the cars so that we didn't have to do this in the dark. Their effort paid off in the long run because we were met by two cars and hot chocolate at the end of our journey.
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