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Sugarloaf & Spaulding

12-30-2012

Submitted By Michael Virdone

The Mountains & Stats

9 miles with 3550 feet of gain
  • Spaulding (4010 Feet, ME) globe Mountain
  • Sugarloaf (4250 Feet, ME) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     Climbed up the ski area via the service road. Saw ski patrol a bunch of times, they pretty much just told us to keep out of the way. The summit chairlift was closed so we didn't have to contend with much skier traffic above a certain point. Summit was very windy so we didn't even hit it the first time through, we got right back into the trees ASAP. The hike along the ridge was uneventful, though there was some navigational challenges from time to time. Soon enough we were at Spaulding and we were quickly heading back. We stopped for a lunch in the col to try and stay out of the wind.

      The climb up Sugarloaf was slow and steady until we broke treeline where all hell broke loose. Nicole had to crawl on all fours to get to the summit because the wind was so bad. One of her snowshoes even blew off. Luckily laurie managed to catch it before it blew away. Two in our party got minor frostbite from the wind. Luckly we took a quick shelter in the summit building.

      We regrouped before descending on the ski trails. Within a few hundred vertical feet we were out of the wind enough to relax. The rest of the hike was a piece of cake.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

Getting 2 more peaks
Windy adventure

The Bad:

Windy adventure

The Drive

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