Ascent of Champlain Mountain on 2013-09-07

Climber: Shelley Cheng

Date:Saturday, September 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Champlain Mountain
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started at 8:00AM, a great choice as the air was cool and the sun on the other side of the mountain. The first segment of the Precipice Trail was steep but manageable. I did not use the rungs very much. The middle section, however, would definitely have required technical climbing were it not for the rungs and ladders. Fortunately the climbs with a great deal of exposure were short and few, and traversing the narrower, more slanted ledges was aided by hand rails. The view, obviously, was persistently wonderful. From the summit we saw all the way to Bar Harbor and the islands to north. The hike back down the northern ridge and Orange and Black Trail was well-marked and well-maintained. In fact, the whole trail was very well-made. Flat footpaths were hewn out of large boulder fields. The rails and rungs were sturdy and well-placed. It would have definitely been a class 5 were it not for the amazing amount of trail work.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Precipice Trail
    Start Trailhead:Park Loop Road  
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Orange and Black Trail
    End Trailhead:Park Loop Road  
    Time:40 Minutes

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