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Ascent of Spaulding Mountain on 2018-07-06

Climber: David Darby

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spaulding Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in Caribou Valley Road (aka Caribou Pond Rd) to the gate (sketchy bridge just past the gate).

14:40 - Departed parking lot, follow road
14:48 - Right turn on AT
15:09 - Crocker Cirque campsite turn off (stay straight)
15:47 - Summit - South Crocker, turn around head north on trail to North Crocker
16:10 - Summit - North Crocker, turn back around, head back to South Crocker
16:28 - Summit - South Crocker. Had a little trouble finding trail to Redington. Eventually found it.
The "trail" to Redington is very easy to follow.
17:06 - Summit - Redington.
Retrace the trail a bit to a right turn (flagged) heading downhill (easy to find/follow). The trail turns into an ATV trail, turns into an old logging road, turns into a gravel road. There are a bunch of stream crossings - some of them difficult to avoid wet feet. Once I started ascending, I used arial photos to bushwhack/navigate up. The woods were not bad to navigate through. I eventually popped out on the old AT trail. It's a beautiful trail complete with AT markers in the ground, but hasn't been used in a while. You'll see my right turn in the middle of the woods. I followed it to a blowdown area where I lost it. I continued walking through the woods until I found the real/current AT trail.
19:22 - Summit - Abraham. It was very windy (barely stand up straight) and the sun was setting (getting cold - ~50 degrees). I knew I needed to move fast (I was solo).
20:51 - Summit - Spaulding Mt. I made all the way from Abraham without needing my headlamp. I put it on here. 21:45 - Intersection of AT and Sugarloaf trail. I was cold, so I decided to skip the .5 miles over to Sugarload and head down. OMG - the trail down to Caribou Pond road is crazy and sometimes difficult to follow in the dark.
23:08 - Back at the car (happy to be back at the car).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1150 ft / 350 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3050 ft / 929 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Loss on way in:940 ft / 286 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:Abraham  4040 ft / 1231 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2110 ft / 643 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1860 ft / 567 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:AT
    End Trailhead:Caribou Vally Road  2140 ft / 652 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2018-07-06 - Crockers

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1South Crocker Mountain2018-07-061879 ft / 573 m
2Crocker Mountain2018-07-06586 ft / 179 m
3South Crocker Mountain2018-07-06320 ft / 98 m
4Mount Redington2018-07-06550 ft / 168 m
5Mount Abraham2018-07-061400 ft / 427 m
6Spaulding Mountain2018-07-061150 ft / 351 m
Total Trip Gain: 5885 ft / 1796 m    Total Trip Loss: 5946 ft / 1813 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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