Showing posts from September, 2012

Acadia National Park 2012

Acadia National Park.....Bar Harbor, Maine....Mount Desert Island. These were places I had not heard of until Noreen, one of my rock climbing girl buddies, mentioned them to me six months ago.  Rock climbing on the ocean? Sounds good to me! I was out climbing with Kellie when I mentioned our intention to climb at Otter Cliffs and she offered to be our guide. The next thing I knew, we were "a go" for our Acadia trip! Jane, my indoor rock climbing partner, would be carpooling up with me. And we would meet up with Kellie, Beth, Anne, Kim and Simona for our Bar Harbor destination. Otter Cliffs are a series of natural sea cliffs located just off the loop road in Acadia National Park. The cliffs are excellent for climbers of all skill levels, with routes ranging in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.12. And because they are so popular, a guide book states, "Don't hog the routes!" There is an access trail leading from the loop road to the top of the cliffs, where y

Mt. Willey - Solo Hiking

Mt. Willey  (4,285ft) Elevation Gain: 2,915ft Trails: Ethan Pond and Willey Range Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 5.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at summit) My 4000+ Peak #20 Listed 4000+: #29 The Terrifying 25 List: Willey Range Trail (Ladders section) Difficulty: Strenuous **This is my 20th NH 48 4000+ footer, and the 10th summit I've hiked solo to. It looked like rain as I was headed north for today's hike. And there were passing showers as I drove by the Kancamagus Highway. At the trailhead on Route 302 there was just a couple more empty stalls in the upper parking lot. I re-checked the weather forecast, " sun for the afternoon", and quickly got my gear on. I started up the trailhead and crossed over the train tracks and ascended up an old logging road. I took the Ethan Pond trail northwest after passing the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail.      It's a very steady climb and at the Kedro