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Ascent of Quaggy Joe-North Peak on 2009-01-01

Climber: Kale Poland

Others in Party:Jim Kitchen
Date:Thursday, January 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Quaggy Joe-North Peak
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1141 ft / 347 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail was under a few feet of snow, which was basically hard-pack after the rain we got a week ago, and the cold that followed refroze the snow. We still decided to use snowshoes to get up the North Peak- if for nothing else for the use of the crampons. The North peak was extremely windy from the north, which made for a biting cold and short stay at the top.
The ridge trail to the South Peak was less traveled and made for a relaxing traverse to the top of that peak. We could only sit on the South Peak for a minute because of the cold.
When we hit the drop-off, we found it easier to take off the snowshoes and post-hole down the side of that steep section.
At the base, it was an easy walk without snowshoes on the cross country ski trail to the car. Cold, but a great time.
Full loop done in about 2 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Clear
-25F Windchill



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