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DirtNap
07-24-2011, 05:56 PM
This Thursday I hope to be finishing my NH48 on the Bonds. After 30 peaks through the list, after already rushing through many of the taller ones, I made sure I saved something special for the end. So with those done, and Vermont peaks done previously...its on to Maine to finish the NE67.

The one regret....I couldn't wait...I went and hiked the Katahdin peaks last year. That of course would have been a perfect place to celebrate.

So, just gaining membership this week to this site that I've used endlessly for trail conditions, I am glad to finally be able to ask the experts their suggestions. Where would you choose to end your list in Maine if it couldn't be Katahdin?

Tom Rankin
07-24-2011, 06:15 PM
So, just gaining membership this week to this site that I've used endlessly for trail conditions, I am glad to finally be able to ask the experts their suggestions. Where would you choose to end your list in Maine if it couldn't be Katahdin?Bigelows! The east one has a view of Katahdin and Washington, IIRC.

Welcome to the board, and good choice on the Bonds. If you can save Bondcliff! It truly rocks the house!

bryan
07-24-2011, 06:18 PM
finished my ne67 on the bigelows on a gorgeous october day. that was a nice finale. have fun.

bryan

chinooktrail
07-24-2011, 07:45 PM
I finished my NH48 on Bondcliff and the 67 on the Bigelows!

Beautiful peaks and amazing views.

Enjoy your hike on Thursday, hope you get perfect weather.

Welcome to the board.

:)

MichaelJ
07-24-2011, 07:52 PM
Bigelows, agreed. Wide open, incredible peaks with limitless, gorgeous views. No doubt. The finest of the fine.

My second choice up there would be Abraham, which also has an excellent open summit and is an enjoyable hike. Third choice would be a Saddleback/Horn duet.

Fourth would be Old Speck, as there are myriad trail options to get up it, and while the summit has limited views, a climb of the tower opens the world up to you.

Don't save Redington, Crockers, Spaulding, or Sugarloaf for a finish.

Puma concolor
07-24-2011, 08:05 PM
Hard to go wrong with the Bigelows as others have mentioned. Abraham was my last in 4K peak in Maine and #110 of 111 in the Northeast ... I enjoyed the mountain thoroughly, but it was more by default than by design. Of course, I had to go back for Spaulding and Redington after their "promotions" and I wouldn't really recommend either of the two as finishing peaks. Really, most of the Maine 4K peaks are pretty fine; it's just a great state all-around. OK, I'm rambling. :)

Steve-o
07-24-2011, 08:11 PM
Bigelows. It's unanimous.
BTW, I like the screen name.:)

una_dogger
07-24-2011, 08:20 PM
Postpone your finish.

Go back to NH and VT and hike the NEHH peaks there.

Then go back to Maine, wrap things up, and celebrate a NE67/NEHH finish on Hamlin, the Bigelows, or Abraham. :D

Just sayin':p

For the 67 My vote would be for a finish on the Bigelows with an overnight stay up there, catch the sunrise before you head down.

Kevin Rooney
07-24-2011, 08:27 PM
I finished on Saddleback as I was with a group of friends and a couple of them were also finishing on that peak, so it was more of a consensus decision.

However, I can't argue with the Bigelows or Abraham either. Many of the peaks in Maine are good choices, except for Redington and Sugarloaf, although I do love that glacial cirque that you climb above from the CVR on your way to Sugarloaf/Spaulding.

Raven
07-24-2011, 09:30 PM
I finished the NE67 on Redington LOL. :eek: Don't do that.

Nothing else to add from me - these comments have it covered.

Welcome to the board.

DirtNap
07-25-2011, 12:18 AM
Wow! First off thank you all for welcoming me aboard. It's a breathe of fresh air just to have a community of people that share my passion for the mountains and outdoors in general. I can't overstate enough how much I look forward to getting to know many of you and quality discussions on topics that I've been boring my friends/coworkers with forever.

I don't think I can argue with the majority here. The Bigelow's sound like a great way to finish the 67. I'll certainly be making an event of it, whether just as a long camping trip, or making sure to take the longest, most difficult approach available. I'm glad I asked. My initial choice was Abraham, but you guys are very convincing. Ideally I'll be planning on one of the less impressive ones next week.

And sometime in the future I'll be wondering where to conclude the NEHH. (Big Jay, I'm predicting, due to it being so far away)

Thanks again guys

buckyball1
07-25-2011, 05:27 AM
Abraham-better chance for solitude to savor moment :)

Fourfingers
07-25-2011, 05:30 AM
I agree with the Bigelows. Just hiked the Bigelow Range yesterday - with one car I'd do a loop hike up the AT and down Firewarden's Trail. Avoid the Blackflies of June, make sure the skies will be CAVU (Clear and Visibility Unlimited). Spending the night to see sun-up from the top would crown the accomplishment.

Fourfingers
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Stan
07-25-2011, 07:25 AM
Welcome to Views!

I always thought the "last" peaks were a bit anticlimactic and overrated as an objective in itself. Better to do them in order that satisfies both your own schedule as well as accommodates weather and safety ... and savor each one.

The Bigelow Range, being exposed and offering panoramic views is best done in clear weather so I'd recommend it on a good day regardless of how it fits with the last peak objective. If the weather is not so good, there are other foul weather options in the area, maybe a hundred highest instead.

I can remember some details and joys about each and every hike but, quite honestly, I'm hard pressed to remember which was the "last".

Seeker
07-25-2011, 12:21 PM
While the Bigelows are gorgeous, if you are looking for solitude, you can't go wrong with Abraham. It was one of my favorites.

Papa Bear
07-25-2011, 02:42 PM
Postpone your finish.

Go back to NH and VT and hike the NEHH peaks there.

Then go back to Maine, wrap things up, and celebrate a NE67/NEHH finish on Hamlin, the Bigelows, or Abraham. :D

Just sayin':p

For the 67 My vote would be for a finish on the Bigelows with an overnight stay up there, catch the sunrise before you head down.


I'm for this. I finished 4 lists (48, 67, 100 and FF) all on Carrigain. Yes, this was planned several years in advance.

Too late to finish the 48, but 67 and 100 sure. And for a little more spice, throw in the Fifty Finest (http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze2h6gy/papabear/Day2005_NH_Carrigain.html).

Ed'n Lauky
07-25-2011, 06:50 PM
Hi. Welcome aboard Jon. I told you I'd be looking for your first post and didn't catch it until the second. Anyways....

I also would vote for the Bigelows.

F-Face
07-25-2011, 08:39 PM
Agree with everyone else: Bigelows

DirtNap
07-25-2011, 10:17 PM
To Una_Dogger and Papa Bear, I really did consider postponing the Bonds and ease off some of the 4000 footers in Maine and get more of the NEHH completed and finish the whole shebang on the Bonds waaay down the road. I so wish I had the patience. Finishing the 4 lists on Carrigain was a great idea. With the firetower for the views and a USGS marker to tap and the nice walk over Signal Ridge it has all you'd want on a ceremonious hike. Ahhh, the patience I lack. So I'll be celebrating a few different times. But hey, hard to argue the idea of multiple celebrations, right:)

I will however save a Presidential for my final winter ascent...hopefully.

Ed! Glad you found it. Thanks again for helping me out. I'm doing my absolute best not to flood the boards with the loads of questions and thoughts that I'd like to throw out there. Its great hearing so many opinions. And of course Ed, I was quickly convinced the Bigelows will be the way to go.

I may as well take the second half of the advice and take in the sunrise too as being from Mass, summit sunrises don't happen to often.

Raymond
07-25-2011, 10:47 PM
North Brother isnít getting any love here at all, and there isnít much for Hamlin, either.

I thought about saving Hamlin for my 115th, but it came in at Number 112. North Brother was 113, the next day, but a return attempt at The Horn was delayed by snow, so it was almost 11 months before it was climbed and another couple of weeks after that before Camelís Hump wrapped things up.

Kevin Rooney
07-25-2011, 11:06 PM
FWIW - after you've cranked thru the lists about 6 or 8 times, including once or twice in winter, which peak(s) you ended on for a particular list will tend to blur. So, don't agonize over it too much, nor create logistical nightmares trying to complete them in a particularly unique and clever fashion, lest you be subject to a self-inflicted dope slap at some point in the future.;)

MichaelJ
07-26-2011, 06:56 AM
I think that beyond personal satisfaction of finishing a list on a "fine" peak, there are two real things to keep in mind when planning:

a) how much will bad weather affect the hike? For example, saving a Presidential for your final winter peak sounds great, until week after week you can't get up there due to bad weather.

2) who is your accompaniment? Will you be joined by friends? Some peaks simply lend themselves better to group hikes, especially if some are less skilled hikers, or not even hikers at all.

For example, some people save Isolation as it is a beautiful, remote peak. But then they might have to consider if their friends can do the mileage, or if the weather is iffy, if their friends (or themselves!) want to spend that much time out in the heat/rain/blinding snow.

This is not to suggest that you should finish all your lists on Cannon. I'm simply offering that there can be real reasons to plan ahead.

rup
07-26-2011, 09:35 AM
I've saved the Baxter 3 for last - function of distance from home. The hip arthritis has eased, so maybe this will be the year.

jniehof
07-26-2011, 09:12 PM
+1 for Bigelows...and try to plan for good weather ;) I finished on Saddleback Horn in a horrible foggy day (my avatar!)

McRat
07-27-2011, 08:39 AM
You could be one of the few (or perhaps only?) to finish on Spaulding.

It's the Zealand of Maine.

bikehikeskifish
07-27-2011, 10:14 AM
It's the Zealand of Maine.

I finished on Zealand (winter 48). So did Eric Savage.

Tim

DirtNap
07-30-2011, 12:42 AM
Thanks again for all the suggestions.

And to those well wishers for the Bonds, I made it out there on Wednesday, rather than Thursday. Success! A modest celebration of high fives.

Bondcliff was spectacular. A really good place to end. It was nice going over to West Bond and being able to look ahead to the cliff to where you're gonna wind up. I wish it were a little warmer, or less windy, but I was still going to be happy regardless of the weather conditions.

Unlike most hikes, even the elevation gain on the way back over Bond Guyot and Zealand didn't bring down my excitement. Now, bring it on, Maine!

MichaelJ
07-30-2011, 06:42 AM
Congrats on your Bonds 48 finish!

una_dogger
07-30-2011, 07:32 AM
Thanks again for all the suggestions.

And to those well wishers for the Bonds, I made it out there on Wednesday, rather than Thursday. Success! A modest celebration of high fives.

!

Congratulations! The Bonds are a great place to finish!

I finished the NE115/NE67/NH48 on West Bond -- I was so glad I saved the best for last!

pedxing
08-01-2011, 12:23 PM
Abraham, Saddleback and Bigelows would all be great choices. As Seeker points out, solitude is more likely on Abraham.

The best choice would depend on how you want to configure your trip - you could get the bunch from the Bigelows to Saddleback in one or two backpacking trips using the AT and some out and back side trips or base camp at Crocker Cirque to do a cluster on day hikes. If you plan to celebrate nearby afterwards, it might come down to whether you prefer Rangeley or Stratton. White Wolf in Stratton is a classic hiker/backpacker spot, but Rangeley is a great town with more choices for places to eat and drink.

Lefty E
08-01-2011, 02:21 PM
Well I vote for Old Speck cause you can see most ME 4kr's and many NH 4kr's and maybe even a few VT 4krs...seeing where you been is almost as fun as thinking where you ll be going!! Scudders View Guide book includes Old Speck so if you can make a copy of the diagrams and sit in the obs tower you ll know what you re looking at..if the tower is occupied heck just continue south on the Mahoosuc Trail for numerous view points and come out near the Sunday River celebrating spots....true or false, can you see two or four Sugarloaf mts from Old Speck???

Raymond
08-01-2011, 10:59 PM
Thatís not really a true-or-false question.

In my experience, you canít see much up there. Hazy the first time and foggy the second.

weatherman
08-03-2011, 02:44 PM
I prefer Abraham as my favorite ME peak, because we hiked it in January when the visibility was 100 miles (Washington, check... turn 180 degrees... Katahdin, check) as opposed to the 3 or 4 in haze in August on the Bigelows. We hiked Isolation as my final NH4K and for the drizzle and mudfest that it was, it might as well have been Zealand!

Randalls
08-03-2011, 04:19 PM
N. Brother. Not really because we chose that peak as our last, but that's how its working out.

Lefty E
08-03-2011, 08:48 PM
Thatís not really a true-or-false question.

In my experience, you canít see much up there. Hazy the first time and foggy the second.

But you can from the obs tower and the Nh Sugarloaf (which has a great view of its own) is closer to Old Speck than the ski area Sugarloaf in Me..fair weather hikers like myself enjoy that..!