Ascent of Shackley Hill on 2012-08-01

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shackley Hill
    Elevation:1122 ft / 341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got up at 4:30 AM flew to Maine and was picked up at Portland airport by my wife and daughter. On way up to Moosehead we detoured up to Livermore Falls area and followed Ben L's wonderful trip reports.

Arriving at the Castonguay property we called the number that Ben gave and no one answered. We saw a 4 wheeler and stopped a man and his family and asked if we could HP the hill and he said he did not see why not but he was not the correct "John" in Ben's report. He worked for the Casonguay family and was also named John but John Casongauy is the son of the actual owners of the property Gene and Sue. This John gave me their personal number and I called and got Sue who was a bit confused by my call to request access permission until she utter these words... " are one of those....(pause).....highpointers"..... realizing the tone was not of admiration and realized she is probably getting sick of such calls and intrusions so I responded with "yes ma'am unfortunatley I am" she inquired as to how many and I said just me and my wife all of the way from Orlando FL!

Permission was granted and John offerred to show us the trail up. We ran up quickly making one wrong turn and having to back track some and bushwhack to get back on trail easily but added some gain that was not intended. Found the large cairn and then the true HP. One nice view near the cairn looking over Nelson Pond. Otherwise uneventful. The woods on the way up were nice hardwoods and a nice short hike. Fairly steep in sections.

Got down and thanked John who wondered if I knew how to get a good topo map of the mountain. Are you kidding? What peakbagger does not have a car full of topo maps? Karen suggested I surrender my quad print out of the mountain and that made John most happy for the gift. Hopefully, we left a friendly impression that we are all harmless and easy going appreciative group (us highpointers) and John was most helpful and kind to us.

I am not going to offer up however the personal home phone number of the family as I sense they are not thrilled with the intrusions although they were willing to accomodate me as well. I am not sure what advice to give for others moving forward since they have not totally owned the fact they are the stewards of another pilgrimage site but so far they are open minded to highpointing. My impression is that the personal face to face with John or John seems to work best but be mindful of not being an intruder as they are running an apple orchard there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:532 ft / 162 m
    Total Elevation Loss:532 ft / 161 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
hot 88F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:522 ft / 159 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 472 ft / 143 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Jeep Trail to old path to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:woods road from south side  650 ft / 198 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:482 ft / 146 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 472 ft / 143 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Jeep Trail
    End Trailhead:same  650 ft / 198 m

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