Route Climbed: Lincoln Gap -> LT -> Mt. Abraham -> Mt. Ellen RT Date Climbed: August 23, 2005
I hoped the weather man was right about the rain clearing up and in fact I did get about 20 minutes with the sun shining through but I was socked in most of the time and breathing clouds with a downpour finale passing over the top of Mt. Abraham on the way back down. Long hike and Mt. Ellen's top is not very impressive unless you continue past to the top of the lift line. Had to use GPS just to figure out when I crossed Cutts Peak since I was tracking the 4000' peaks.
Route Climbed: Long Trail from Lincoln Gap Date Climbed: June 8, 2005
When you get bit by a black fly, it injects an otherwise harmless neurotoxin that causes thoughts to come into a person's head, "Hike in June, hike in June." This assures the black flies of an annual food supply of hikers.
I chose to hike Mt. Ellen and Mt. Abraham in June because I had a trip that was taking me that way anyhow. I kept a fast, steady pace and managed to avoid getting bit up real bad. This hike is a very nice ridegewalk with many vistas looking at the Sugarbush and Mt. Ellen ski areas, and Mt. Abraham has an alpine area that is above treeline.
Route Climbed: Long Trail from Appalachian Gap Date Climbed: June 20, 2005
After the preceding week of rain, the trail was pretty sloppy. Bugs were a bit annoying on top (black flies). Quiet day on the trail. Great views from this peak, but a little hazy to see all that could otherwise be seen.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe