Route Climbed: Lincoln Gap - Mt. Abraham to Mt. Ellen and back Date Climbed: 10/7/2005
Wet, Windy and cold with limited views. Climbed Abraham in just under 2 hours then began the long hike out to Mt. Ellen and back. This part was tough. My the time we returned to Abraham it took us 2 hours in the rain the descend from Abe. Well worth the trip even in the rain. The ridge and cols between Abraham and Ellen make for a pretty aggressive hike at 12.6 miles round trip. This route includes Little Abe, Lincoln Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Cutts Peak and finally Mt. Ellen 3.7 miles from Abraham.
Route Climbed: Long Trail from Lincoln Gap Date Climbed: August 31, 2005
I did this one on a rather wet day, and only saw one other person the whole time at Battell shelter. Summit was windy, wet, and viewless. Celebrated by drinking a Long Trail Ale on the Long Trail. Rained the whole way back to the car.
Route Climbed: Lincoln Gap -> LT -> to Mt. Hellen RT Date Climbed: August 23, 2005
Weather man promised sun but it never happened, surprised at the elevation before you broke tree line, it was maybe 30-50' from the top but sure enough alpine grass as promised and a nice (if not cloudy) view. Found the benchmark in the cirlcle of stone but this wasn't my final resting point, I still had 4 more miles to reach Mt. Ellen and return before sunset.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."