Ah, thank you for indulging me. But I'm not a troll. I'm just strange, delightful and perhaps a tad bit lonely. Misunderstood, like the albatross: Clunkering along being mocked by sailors because it is large and awkward on land...but oh if you were to see it in the air...
By no means was I disrespecting Katahdin. I actually got in a fight with my boyfriend over this very reason. He says its not a real mountain, and that its not climbing but hiking. Pitter, patter I say. I can climb, and I can hike and when you throw in the elements a small mountain can be quite fiesty. Rest assured I have so much respect for your dear mountain. I'm an ice climber, I know what its like to climb all day when its -10 F outside. What I mean when I said "for a peak that isn't even much of a peak" I am talking purly quantitativly. In terms of quantities of mass: the mass of X is less than the mass of Y. For the same amount of money/time I could fly out west and climb a peak that is more technically challenging and that would get me respect from people like darling dearest. Don't get upset, I was arguing your exact point for the past few days.
Thank you for reminding me about the permit. I'm filling the paperwork out as we speak. I suppose it will be interesting to see if they let me climb, but I see absolultly no reason why the rangers would not permit me to go solo. Solo climbers are permitted in the park. Why would they turn me down? Because I have wit and creativity in my writing? Or because I'm a women? In either case, I am sure that the rangers will evaluate me based on my skills and expertise. And whatever they decide is good with me.
Anyway, I found a shuttle service. nartreb thanks, you're right. I should have asked my friend Google. I'm sorry I didn't realize shuttles were such a popular thing out east. I thought of a shuttle after I saw one mentioned on a hostel's website, but that was for a different area of the AT. http://www.acadiamountainguides.com/res ... ting_there
This is where my confusion came from. That there implies that you can get to the Abol Bridge parking lot by car. So “Golden Road” is an unplowed road that belongs to the logging companies and is “closed” in the winter. But you are actually able to drive on it? Doesn’t matter, my CDW won’t cover me on closed roads and I found a shuttle service. I’d rather not worry about getting snowed in.