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Ascent of Mount Kineo on 2003-07-22

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kineo
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1789 ft / 545 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second Route Up #2: North Trail:

Backpacking mini trip to teach boys how to climb with backpacks and filter water. Circled the island using the trail to Hardscrabble Point and then ascended Kineo from the rarely used North Trail (from hardscrabble)then decended using Indian Trail.

The backside approach is by far the least interesting in terms scenery. But that is all relative as the woods and lake are always fun to see - just far less cliff views and historic structures to see. It is very steep approach but has few rock formations to go scramble out on and they are hard to find. The winter is rough on the trails and the State and locals folks do not take the time to clear this trail often so it often has many downed trees in the path.

On our trip it rained the entire time so the boys got an education on keeping warm. The mountain is steep with few saddles and we wanted to camp somewhere we woudl do not damage, not be seen, and out of the way, we found a tiny grassy opening near one of the historic USGS markers that is now off trail and camped the night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1009 ft / 307 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1009 ft / 306 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2,2+ and 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
rainy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:939 ft / 286 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 749 ft / 229 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Loss on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Route #2 :Hardscrabble to North Trail
    Start Trailhead:1040 ft / 316 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:819 ft / 249 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 749 ft / 229 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Gain on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Indian Trail
    End Trailhead:1040 ft / 316 m



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