Ascent of Champlain Mountain on 2009-08-01

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Entire Musser Family (Bill
and Daniel)
Date:Saturday, August 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Champlain Mountain
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

Perigrin Falcon nesting area usually has this exciting vertical sramble and rung stell ladder trail closed but it just opened three days earlier for the first time since last October. The trail is not a hike, it is a steel rung ladder climb and scramble for much/most of the way with some granite steps. It is very steep with an average vertical of steeper than 60 degrees for most of the climb with the exception of the crowning of the summit of Champlain where granite slabs are most of the rest of the way and some in between sections of Class 1 hiking.

Spectacular views of the Ocean, nearby islands from the cliff face. Fun ascent. We left Ben, Karen, and Sarah at the summit who decided to hike the 1.5 miles down the Bear Brook Trail back to the car and then to pick us up at the summit of Cadillac Mountain. David, Daniel and I continued west to summit three other features terminating at Cadillac.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:960 ft / 292 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:960 ft / 292 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Precipice Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot @ EL 100  100 ft / 30 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Cadillac Mountain Traverse

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Champlain Mountain2009-08-01 a960 ft / 293 m
2Huguenot Head2009-08-01 b70 ft / 21 m
3Dorr Mountain2009-08-01 c1175 ft / 358 m
4Cadillac Mountain2009-08-01 d488 ft / 149 m
Total Trip Gain: 2693 ft / 821 m

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