Katahdin Winter Climb via Abol 3.9.14

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    Katahdin Winter Climb via Abol 3.9.14

    After 15 times on top of Maine it was time for a winter ascent. We did Abol from the winter trailhead on Sunday with 8+ miles of skiing in addition to the climb. Couldn't of asked for a better day. Full report and lots of pics on my blog
    http://tomcatoutdoors.blogspot.com/2...-katahdin.html


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    Nice TR....hey the snow filled in nicely for ascent/descent...y/n?
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    The snow makes it easier much of the way since you don't contend with rocks.

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    Is the trail traveled that much that it's packed down pretty good or just frozen up?
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    The trail in the woods was tracked up but there hasn't been any snow lately there before we went. Otherwise the snow was just frozen at elevation and on the slide.

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    How long does Katahdin retain snow?
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    There are patches lingering into July mainly in shadows and ravines of the basins. The Saddle Trail usually is the last to open as it is sheltered where it runs in the woods and holds snow. Usually Memorial Weekend everything is open. They close trails to prevent damage during spring melt.

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    Its TR's like this that make me wish I didn't have to work. I would ski and hike all winter. As it is I barely have time to ski. Love the photos.

    One question: What kind of crampons are those? They look a somewhere between micro and full ten point.
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    They are a full ten point general mountaineering crampons made by Camp, I don't recall the model name.

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    Somehow they didn't look that big but after looking again and checking rei I see. Thanks.
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