Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2016-01-02

Climber: Richard Hachem

Date:Saturday, January 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left Montreal around midnight and was planning to do East Kennebago in the morning and find another time for Sugarloaf and The Horn. A storm hit during the night and the roads were very slippery. I arrived around 6AM and my car would have never gotten into the beginning of Kennebago’s road. So I decided to head for Sugarloaf. I left with headlamp and knew I had to be back by 9h00 max to then meet Martin at Bigelow’s trailhead. Going up went really well, I put on my snowshoes and even though it was cold had to air out lots of skin to avoid sweating. Up on Sugarloaf, wind was very strong, worse than most of the times on Washington. I was walking in diagonal and lost the trail.

I had forgotten my compass in the car and orienting was very hard. After looking on my cellphone, I found the trail again and it was a nice ridge. Wind stopped a bit later and again I got lost a couple of times going towards the horn. I could sometimes see snowshoe tracks but they were very subtle. The views there were awesome, no views to the bottom, but just seeing the white icy trees was a treat. Coming back many of my tracks were again hidden by constant spin drift, but I made it back to Sugarloaf station without having to look too much at my cellphone, except at the end where I missed the way down the mountain. At the station, I chatted with a group of maybe 6-7 people in their sixties dressing up for the wind and told them it was very strong. I think I was down the mountain in 15 minutes.

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