Ascent of Hamlin Peak on 2010-07-15

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hamlin Peak
    Elevation:4756 ft / 1449 m

Ascent Trip Report

After getting Karen and Sarah successfully up the tallest peak in Maine via the Knife Edge the ladies were ready to go down and tired. Danny and I wanted to peakbag Hamlin while we were up there so we added another 500 to 600 feet to our day and journied over the Table Lands and the saddle and found this peak. The ladies went home the saddle trail. Despite us having a 3 mile to their 1.5 mile return and gaining another 550 feet we reached the trail junction over 30 minutes ahead of the ladies and had to await them. Karen, like last year had worn out her legs and was down to a 0.5 mph crawl home. The day the took in all 12 hours and the ladies did 9.5 miles and Danny and I did around 11 miles. The trip could have been done in say 7 hours but still was very proud that Karen and Sarah did such a big day. Over 4,000 feet of vertical and lots of technical scrambling!

The best part of the Hamlin route back was the isolation. Danny and I had the entire Table Lands and Hamlin ridge to ourselves all day back. Whereas Baxter Peak had like 30 people on the summit, we enjoyed similarly excellent views from Hamlin with no people! The views are not as spectactular as the Knife Edge and Baxter but still as nice if not better as anywhere else in Maine. I want to go back next time and avoid the crowds and do the Howe Peaks next time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:546 ft / 166 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3316 ft / 1010 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Hot and beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:506 ft / 154 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 496 ft / 151 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:NW Basin Trail
    Start Trailhead:"The Saddle"  4260 ft / 1298 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3306 ft / 1007 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3266 ft / 995 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Hamlin Ridge Tr and Chimney Pond Tr
    End Trailhead:Roaring Creek CG TH  1490 ft / 454 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Pamola

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pamola Peak2010-07-15 a3459 ft / 1054 m
2Chimney Peak2010-07-15 b130 ft / 40 m
3Katahdin-South Peak2010-07-15 c510 ft / 155 m
4Katahdin2010-07-15 d68 ft / 21 m
5Hamlin Peak2010-07-15 e546 ft / 166 m
Total Trip Gain: 4713 ft / 1436 m    Total Trip Loss: 4713 ft / 1436 m

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