Ascent of Spaulding Mountain on 2020-09-12

Climber: Josh Dyer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Spaulding Mountain
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spaulding and Sugarloaf today, with Spaulding first. This peak did not factor into my planning today (maybe on an outside chance due to how my knee has been feeling but mostly 10% chance of summitting). However, and with no regrets, because the trail was kindly undulating which allowed me to build fitness without working too hard, I did decide to do Spaulding and was successful. I was standing, after getting slightly panicked as I felt like I was walking away from the Summit of Sugarloaf and felt I was getting lost on the AT (Ahh!), with two other hikers from NH who were going to Spaulding first, and asked to join. They were happy to have me along. As an aside, just incase it wasn't clear, I was not lost and they helped me see that. I have not been on the AT as an adult (mostly with my uncle when I was a kid, and the family dog Chief/very good boy), at least the AT in Maine that feels so different in than NH, familiar as well as mysterious. The trip to Spaulding was uneventful, with a summit that looked over at Sugarloaf off a trail that had been intentionally cut to provide a view. The trip down and over to Sugarloaf was quick; the husband and wife team I was hiking with pressed harder in that direction, with the wife really moving on the descent. I caught them on the up hill section and parted ways when they stopped to read the plaque that had been placed on a rock honoring those that had helped create the AT. Nice homage. Once at the juncture of Sugarloaf I ascended and the rest is...Well, not history, but chronicled in the Sugarloaf report that is actually less "detailed" than this one. Old Speck next week! I hope to pick off the tallest peaks in Maine in the coming weeks, before winter hiking begins (new to me!)
Summary Total Data
    Route:Caribou Pond Rd/Appalachian
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Same as Sugarloaf: clear and cool with some heat later

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