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Ascent of Bigelow Mountain on 2014-07-30

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bigelow Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4145 ft / 1263 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bigelow is a big mountain and its top has the rugged look of Maine mountain that is tattered by wind and rain often. THe Krummhotlz vegeation and thick moss cover reminding me of the coastal peaks of NE Maine. Some nice rock formations await after a steep climb through difficult class 1+ to class 2 trails. There was even one small section of the trail that required a little scramble which makes backpacking a little more interesting when the rock is wet. Other than that, the trails are designed to keep you off the steeper rock and out of the alpine so there is really no scrambling but good steep rocky ascent most of the way. The West Peak provides a very distinctive pyramid or triangular top that is interesting.

The views are outstanding although we got a lot of clouds and fog but the wind pushed them like thick blankets over the saddles and peaks reminding me of Mount Washington. The down climb over the eastern side is less aggressive and not nearly as deep to the saddle between Avery Peak and West Peak. By bagging this fine mountain, I now completed all but 2 of the County Highpoints of Maine.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:840 ft / 256 m
    Total Elevation Loss:340 ft / 103 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:1+, 2 steep, minor 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Spotty - windy cloudy and wanting to rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:840 ft / 256 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 825 ft / 252 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Horns and West Peak  3320 ft / 1011 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:325 ft / 99 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:AT
    End Trailhead:Saddle between West Peak and Avery Peak  3820 ft / 1164 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Bigalow

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1The Horns-North Peak2014-07-30 a2779 ft / 847 m
1Bigelow Mountain2014-07-30 c840 ft / 256 m
2The Horns2014-07-30 b200 ft / 61 m
4Avery Peak2014-07-30 d418 ft / 127 m
Total Trip Gain: 4237 ft / 1291 m    Total Trip Loss: 4237 ft / 1292 m



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