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Ascent of Fort Mountain on 2013-07-18

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fort Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3867 ft / 1178 m

Ascent Trip Report

I will actually start this TR from the top of brother. Heading down the back slope following the well marked Cairns. They lead you into the Krumholtz and tiny herd path marked with ornage tape. The tape is from many different bushwhacks and herd path following so some is faded and disenegrated to a point where you are lucky to see it at all where as there is some newer flagging as well. Use it! In areas where there is not tape, the herd path was difficult to follow. The erosion of the trail was obvious only when you cleared the confirs away or stoop walked like a troll.

There were many jagged and pointed obstacles in the under growth that only a rabbit would see and Daniel and I were jabbed many times and each had a spill or two on the way down. The path does become a real herd trail near the saddle and the trees get bigger and spaced out and you can follow easily, but of course as you head back up the fact of Fort you have to climb through another wave of ragged firs and get eaten by flies and twigs. Was the roughest herd trail I have taken so I would describe it more as being like a bushwhack. But the path is there all the way to the top. New flags were tied in key places where we lost our path.

The views at the top were very good!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:199 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:199 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Grade/Class:1 and minor 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:199 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Herd Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between No Brother and Fort  3668 ft / 1118 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:199 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Herd Trail
    End Trailhead:same  3668 ft / 1118 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Brother-Fort

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1North Brother2013-07-18 a3216 ft / 980 m
2Fort Mountain2013-07-18 b199 ft / 61 m
3North Brother2013-07-18 c748 ft / 228 m
Total Trip Gain: 4163 ft / 1269 m    Total Trip Loss: 4163 ft / 1269 m



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