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    Compass bearing for BB

    Quick question: does anyone have compass bearing for the Brutus Bushwhack heading down. A quick look at the maps it seems to be around 220. Iíve done it a few time, yet always with someone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadRiver View Post
    Quick question: does anyone have compass bearing for the Brutus Bushwhack heading down. A quick look at the maps it seems to be around 220. I’ve done it a few time, yet always with someone else.
    Thanks
    220 would be an aggregate bearing. There are a few pieces to the trek.

    I have an estimate from a track I saved:

    Basically, once you start to descend from the ridge (not the summit - by this, I mean when you leave the ridge on the "Owl's Head Path" heading southwest), you go about .2 miles to the "big rock" - you almost cannot miss it - you run right into it on the path.

    From there, you slab around left for about .3 mi, which is just about DUE south (and ever so slightly east) heading into the gully with all the white birches. Then, you follow that gully (stay a smidge north of the gully for better footing) almost directly southwest (about .1 mi) until you hit the skidder path going almost due west and take that back to Lincoln Brook Trail.

    I hope that helps!!! I know it sounds confusing!!!!
    Last edited by Becca M; 12-14-2011 at 06:40 PM.
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    Now how do I find it going up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoySwkr View Post
    Now how do I find it going up?
    You go less than .1 mi past the last water crossing, cut into the woods to the right, go up STEEPLY and jump onto the skidder path within about 5 minutes of leaving the trail. Follow directions in reverse - skidder will take you right up TO the birch gully at which point to go diagonally left and continue as described above!!!!

    Or, you wait for a good winter track and follow it!!!
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    Here is the GPS track on Wikiloc for the route we took in March 2008.

    http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=111832
    WNH4K:48/48, SLAT50:50/50, NEHH:100/100, NE115:115/115,
    TW72:60/72, WADK46: 18/46, 52WAV:16/52, Cat35:9/35(39)

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    I overlaid your track, John, with one that was recorded going with some gridiots (Hiker Ed and Becca among them) and yours goes more easterly before heading north, missing the boulder entirely, and from the looks of it, the "Owl's Head Path" above the slide.



    ETA: The slide tops out about where the tip of the "Hiker Ed" red arrow is.

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    Thanks everyone. Becca, that was the exact trek we took last time I did the BB with Earl et al.
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    Looks good to me. By favoring the track which is labeled "Hiker Ed" you avoid a fur wave, and pick up the summer trail above the slide. Depending upon the snow cover, staying below this fur wave may involve some serious side-hilling.

    I think Brutus would agree.
    Last edited by Kevin Rooney; 12-15-2011 at 08:25 AM.

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    WRT the two tracks above, Paradox and I did hit the top of the slide path, but we did have to go through a narrow-but-nasty fir wave.

    I'd try Hiker Ed's variation next time as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Berard View Post
    WRT the two tracks above, Paradox and I did hit the top of the slide path, but we did have to go through a narrow-but-nasty fir wave.

    I'd try Hiker Ed's variation next time as well.
    So if we combine them, we'd have the ParEdox Route!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Rooney View Post
    By favoring the track which is labeled "Hiker Ed" you avoid a fur wave
    Brutus' legacy: a fur wave.
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    If you take the Hiker Ed track above, you want the northeasterly bit where the back track splits slightly from the there track... The side hilling on the return track was less obnoxious.

    This trip included no fewer than five grid completers, so I'm pretty comfortable that they got the route mostly right. That is not to say the Paradox/Jason route is no good, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    This trip included no fewer than five grid completers, so I'm pretty comfortable that they got the route mostly right. That is not to say the Paradox/Jason route is no good, of course.

    Tim
    Jim Towle were there when we worked out the first 'whack, so if he was on the hike above, I'd agree.

    The track of the original BB is below:

    Last edited by Kevin Rooney; 12-15-2011 at 10:24 AM.

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    I wouldn't be against a couple of memorial plaques/cairns honoring Brutus at the start and end of the bushwhack!
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    Thanks, everybody! I may do a memorial hike in May.

    If you put a physical object in the middle of the bushwhack, would the rangers find it?

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