View Full Version : Sign on top of Aziscohos Mtn

11-13-2005, 05:02 PM
Today I bushwhacked to the summit of Aziscohos Mtn - 3215' - up near Rangeley ME. It took me a while to find the "right" summit bump. Just above the jar was a small wooden sign with the words "GAS 86" routed into it. The sign was difficult to spot as it's up quite high and faces towards the thick of things.
Does anyone know what the sign means and who might have placed it there?

11-13-2005, 05:12 PM
Onestep, it was there in 1987 when I did Aziscohos, but I never have been able to discover it's meaning, maybe Roy S. or Dennis C. has an idea. Another mountain mystery to baffle us poor peak baggers!

post'r boy
11-13-2005, 05:35 PM
that's how much gas was per gallon when it was put up!! he he he
or it could mean... gained asiscohos summit 1986 :D :eek:

11-13-2005, 05:44 PM
I just checked my summit pics and notes, the sign reads Gaz, not Gas!!

11-13-2005, 06:04 PM
GAZ !? ... I told you it was difficult to see :D

Giant AZiscohos
Grand Aziscohos
Gawd, finally made it to the top of Aziscohos.

11-13-2005, 06:11 PM
Good theories!! seems logical to me!

post'r boy
11-13-2005, 06:27 PM
sold!! to the guy with the orange shirt!!! :D

11-14-2005, 01:06 PM
You guys have given me a great idea. I think I'll make up some nonsense sign, such as "LQR 143", install it on some obscure peak, and wait for discussions to see what it means.

11-15-2005, 07:32 PM
onestep, from what I've found out, the "other" peak on Aziscohos Mountain, which btw is far from being an obscure peak, where the fire tower was formerly located, is known as "Lower" Aziscohos, and is shown as that on local maps. The sign "Gaz 86" means "Greater" Aziscohos, and was placed there in 1986 by a local trail maintainer, who wanted to show that it is the true summit. Sounds logical to me.

11-16-2005, 09:44 AM
Thanks dms... I guess Kilroy wasn't there.

11-16-2005, 12:20 PM
Then it probably stands for "Geriatric Adventure Society". A group of middle-aged Dartmouth College affiliated individuals who like to bushwhack.


Dennis C.
11-16-2005, 12:48 PM
The "GAS 86" sign was there when I did the peak too ... in 1986. I always thought it was a GAS that someone would put that up there ... ;) How about that porcelain sign that adorned Vose Spur for many years ... "Calle Ensenada" .... or something like that. I occasionally put things in the register jars I placed on bushwhack peaks also. How many of you remember the Pillsbury Dough Boy on BAKER Mtn in Maine? Or ... Joe Camel on PUFFER Mtn in the Adirondacks?