2014 Winter Mountaineering MAINE -- TEN PEAKS!!

WINTER MOUNTAINEERING MAINE PEAKS, Choice of 10 Peaks

Book your own lodging at the Stratton Hotel hostel ($25 per night). Meet up Friday night 1/31/14 where we'll decide which peaks to climb on Satuday, Sunday and maybe even Monday!!

Stratton Hotel

162 Main Street (Route 27), P.O. Box 284, Stratton, ME 04982

Phone (207)[masked]  [masked]

http://www.thestrattonmotel.com/accom.htm

 

TACKLE AS MANY PEAKS AS YOU CAN BY SNOWSHOE!!

The Rangeley-Stratton Area, bound by the communities of Rangeley, Kingfield, Stratton, and Phillips, contains nearly 21,000 acres of land above 2,700 feet and ten peaks reach elevations higher than 4,000 feet.

It is the HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF HIGH PEAKS in the Longfellow Mountains. Extensive alpine tundra zones are found on Saddleback Mountain and The HornMount AbrahamSugarloaf, and Bigelow Mountain. Slightly less spectacular but still of interest to the peakbagger or AT enthusiast are the wooded 4,000-foot peaks ofCrocker Mountain and Spaulding Mountain.

 

Drive up Friday night to Rangeley, Maine (7.5 hour drive from Poughkeepsie).

HIKE/SKI/SNOWMOBILE ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY

BE SURE TO REVIEW ALL THE INFORMATION LINKS BELOW!!!


CLICK HERE: Google Link Connecting Four Trailheads

  • Bigelow Range Loop, Stratton Brook Pond Road
  • Crocker, South Crocker Mountains, AT, ME Route 16-27
  • Sugarloaf-Spaulding, Sugarloaf Ski Resort
  • Saddleback-Horn, Saddleback Mountain Resort.

NOTE: SKI RESORT TRAILHEADS REQUIRE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT AT THE RESORT TO SIGN A WAIVER AND (SUGARLOAF ONLY) PAY A $10 FEE.


Saddleback Mountain and The Horn

About 7.2 miles, 2,700 vertical feet of climb

 

 

MAP LINKS:  Click / View / Take With You!

 

Mt. Redington

No views in light snow flurries from the Mt. Redington viewpoint - Click to enlarge

 

Sugarloaf Mountain, Spaulding Mountain

About 12.4 miles, 3,750 vertical feet of climb

 

Crocker Mountain, South Crocker Mountain

About 11.4 miles, 3,600 vertical feet of climb

File:Crockers.jpg

Mt. Abraham

View east down the Abraham...

 

MAP LINK:  Click / View / Take With You!

 

CLICK HERE:INFORMATION LINKS!

CLICK HERE:INFORMATION LINKS!

 

 

Bigelow Range -- Avery Peak

About 12.7 miles, 3,550 vertical feet of climb

Avery Peak

 

Bigelow Range -- West Peak

The Appalachian Trail on the way to Bigelow Mountain's West Peak

 

MAP LINK:  Click / View / Take With You!

The maps above are for reference purposes only. Please do your own research.

CLICK HERE: INFORMATION LINK!

 

CLICK HERE:

CURRENT SNOW DEPTH INFORMATION FOR MAINE.

Saddleback and Sugarloaf are awesome ski mountains, so bring your skis for the way down!!! Full Winter Gear needed.  Anyone hiking assumes responsibility for themselves and must know their gear, route, and ability. Hikers travel at their own pace, and not as a group.

Maine winters are known for their tumultuous weather. Winter terrain can be treacherous, temperatures may plummet with dangerous speed, and winds often hit triple digits. Snowfall at elevation is measured in feet instead of inches, avalanches are common on the large snowfields and in ravines, and blowing snow, ice fog, and heavy clouds can cause visibility to disappear in minutes. Snowshoers must be exceptionally fit, experienced in winter mountaineering and compassorientation techniques, very familiar with the terrain, and have high quality winter gear. Lacking any one of these puts one in serious peril of requiring expensive and hazardous rescue, even death. As difficult as the traverse can be in the summer, winter takes every aspect of the traverse and cranks it to 11. The terrain is more treacherous, the temperatures plummet quickly, the winds hit triple digits on most days, snowfall is measured in feet instead of inches, avalanches are common on the large snowfields and in the ravines, and visibility can disappear in minutes.

There are plenty of non-snowshoeing activities available including skiing/snowboarding, ice skating and sledding.

See you there! Mike Kelsey cool


NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any challenge hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going and how to get back.

WEATHER AND OTHER SUDDEN EVENTS CAN CAUSE SUDDEN CHANGES TO OR CANCELLATION OF THIS EVENT. YOU MUST CHECK BACK TO THE MEETUP.COM SITE OFTEN FOR UPDATES TO ANY HUDSON VALLEY HIKER EVENT. BY ATTENDING YOU'VE AGREED THAT YOU'VE READ INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE AND AT OUR GUIDELINES -- CLICK THE "ABOUT" LINK AT LEFT.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas ...

Group Size Limitations: If group size exceeds the maximum allowed by government regulations for this route,  separate groups will be formed; hike starts will be staggered to allow at least a one-mile separation.


You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the HVH ABOUT page.

 

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  • Joe J.

    Did you get the Bigelows? I still need to do those!

    February 11, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Yes. Bigelows on sat. Sugarloaf on sunday. Next year will be an Abraham, spaulding, redington traverse.

      1 · February 11, 2014

    • Joe J.

      Well done!

      February 11, 2014

  • Joe J.

    If you do the Horn, leave Mike at the Inn! :)

    January 30, 2014

    • Joe J.

      I meant Mike your dog, not Mike Kelsey btw

      February 11, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Gee, and all this time I took it personal. :-)

      February 11, 2014

  • Eva

    It was great! We had so much fun

    February 3, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    Good people , good times!

    February 3, 2014

  • Mike K.

    As far as trail conditions go, someone did the Bigelows on 1/19 and said the trail was icy. Microspikes and/or crampons recommended. Someone else did Redington on 1/25 and said snowshoes were helpful. Its also possible to XC ski in much of the way to Redington. My plan right now is to do the Bigelows on Saturday.

    January 29, 2014

    • Mike K.

      The link above goes to Saddleback.

      January 30, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Julie, what trails do you have us going on in the description above? I was thinking of just taking the Fire Warden Trail to West and Avery and then turrning around.

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    Hello... Are any drivers passing through CT that have room for one person?

    January 28, 2014

    • Kevin S.

      Not certain yet if I can get to Springfield.

      January 29, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Kevin, I am routing my route through Connecticut and can pick you up between 2:40 and 3pm. Email me to arrange directions.

      January 30, 2014

  • Janine B.

    This looks like fun. Have a good time! I am hiking with you in spirit! (in reality, I am watching show after show on Everest, calculating the cost......)

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Mike K.

    Weather report looking good for this weekend!! Highs will be 29F both Saturday and Sunday with a low of 21 on Saturday with a low of 8 on Sunday. Ten percent chance of precipitation on Saturday and zero percent on Sunday. Winds at 9 and 6mph. Should be some good peak-bagging!!!

    January 29, 2014

  • Shawm

    Hi, Is anybody driving up from the nyc area? Looking for a ride share. Thanks!

    January 24, 2014

    • Shawm

      Hi Julie, Thanks for the offer! I am thinking that this will have the trip be 11ish hours which is probably too much for me to handle even knowing that heaven is waiting on the other end.

      January 26, 2014

    • Shawm

      Hi, It looks like there won't be anyone going up from the nyc area so I'll take myself off of the hike. I hope you all have a blast!

      January 28, 2014

  • Jutta

    Sorry, I had to cancel.

    January 24, 2014

  • Mike K.

    Greetings All, I've decided to move the lodging for this trip to the Stratton Hotel Hostel. I've already booked my bunk and encourage everyone to do the same (edited contact info above). I moved everyone off the waiting list onto the going list. If you decide you can't go please update your status. We will decide Friday night and Saturday what peaks to hit. There's plenty to do so if someone would rather ski or snowmobile or shop or whatever those are options as well. My plan is the Bigelows one day and Sugarloaf/Spaulding or Redfield the second day and maybe if Julie can talk me into it, maybe Abraham.

    December 23, 2013

  • Joe J.

    Hey Mike, I cannot make it that weekend because I will be in Japan. I am 100% confident you will have great time!

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Hi All,
    A lot of people have expressed interest in this trip but only a few have sent me a deposit for the house rental. I'd like to cement the details for this trip in the next day or two.
    If you still plan to go please send me your deposit by this Monday, December 16th. At that point I will determine if there is enough interest to go forward with the rented house or whether to look at alternate lodging.
    If there is insufficient interest I will contact those who sent me deposits to consider other options and refund the deposits accordingly. We had a great time last year, the mountains are amazing. I hope we can do it again this year.
    Thanks, Mike

    December 14, 2013

  • Joe J.

    I still need to do the Winter Bigelow Range and Spaulding to complete my Maine peaks. I just don't know if the dates work for me yet. I will know in about 2 weeks after I return from Japan.

    November 8, 2013

    • Mike K.

      You need Abraham and Redfield too don't you?

      November 24, 2013

  • Mike K.

    I'm about to open up the registration as there are limited spots.

    The house we rented last year is unavailable. There is another nice house with a hot tub nearby but the price is a little more. The cost per person is $150, which includes Friday through Monday.

    I want to make sure we have sufficient numbers to rent it as once I place a deposit the deposit is non-refundable. To reserve a spot I'm going to ask each person to paypal me half the amount ($75) to reserve a spot. Please paypal the deposit to me at [masked].

    Once I ascertain there is sufficient interest I will go ahead and book the house. If there appears to be less than desirable interest I will be in touch with you all to either downgrade on a house or issue a refund. It will be first come, first served. Once I receive your deposit I will change your status to going. The balance will be due December 15th. Once a house is booked any payments will become non-refundable.

    November 6, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    How do I get on the list?

    October 7, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Great to see so much interest. I'll update the information and start moving people to the going list in another couple of months.

    2 · July 10, 2013

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