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    Are you a List-O-Holic?

    Are you a List-a-Holic? If you are. What do you think makes you one?

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    I don't do it in other facets of my life so I would say no. I've picked and chosen my own list of which peaks i might do in all 12 months, not all 48. I keep going back to favorites and not finishing the few I have left for NH48 in all four seasons. (Spring, Fall, Solo & the only few left are not the same in Summer & winter so a 3rd time in either summer or winter) I've been slowly working on the last few in the ADK but it will wait until next year. I'm looking at doing a couple new ones this year and old favorites again, new in the months I'm going but down 4-15 x already, warm up in Southern New England on places I've been even more.
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    I'm a spread-sheet-o-holic, is that close enough?
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    After completing the 111, I swore off lists.

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    Yes. Keep telling myself I’m done with lists after each list completion and yet I just keep on doing it. Hic.

    Current project: Northeast P2Ks. Seven to go, all in Maine, with a weeklong post Labor Day trip on the docket.

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    I like keeping track of peaks and trails for grid and redlining purposes. I find it very satisfying and it's fun to plan each trip up north. A couple decades from now when I finally finish I can wade off into the ocean and let the fish eat me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma concolor View Post
    Yes. Keep telling myself I’m done with lists after each list completion and yet I just keep on doing it. Hic.

    Current project: Northeast P2Ks. Seven to go, all in Maine, with a weeklong post Labor Day trip on the docket.
    A long drive. When I was hiking in NY, I spent more time in the car than on the trail. I suppose I could have just done them all in 3 or 4 days, but that was never in the cards.

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    We completed two rounds of the 46 (1986, 2001) and that was it. The only list I am pursuing now is the list of cliffs I want to visit that have potential for previously unexplored climbing. That "fun destination" list is endless, so I always have an option of someplace new to go on a free day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maineguy View Post
    A long drive. When I was hiking in NY, I spent more time in the car than on the trail. I suppose I could have just done them all in 3 or 4 days, but that was never in the cards.
    Long drive indeed. Fortunately, most of my remaining P2Ks are in the general neighborhood of Greenville so I’m gonna set up shop on the shores of Moosehead Lake for four nights or so and then head up to Baxter for Doubletop. Probably won’t grab all of my remaining peaks on this trip even though I could if I pushed it a bit.

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    Question about Doubletop: do you start from the south or the north?

    Point to point would be ideal for me, but I'd need another car. Thanks.

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    ^^^

    My current plan is to start from the south.

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    Would be interested to read experiences others have had.
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    Doubletop is done in style from either side as an out and back IMO. The summit ridge which is rather unique IMO is not that long so the traverse over and back is easily done in short order. The trail from the South is way steeper than the North. Not that the North side is mellow but if you don't like steep downhills go in and out from the North. I've done pretty much everything in Baxter and Doubletop rates right up there in the top three hikes which ever way you do it.
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    IMHO, if you have a car spot, the north to south hike is the way to go but that means a steep down climb from the summit to the saddle with the politically incorrectly named mountain to the west. The last 2.5 miles or so from the saddle south to Kidney Pond is a pleasant woods walk down old logging roads with a mostly full canopy above for shade.

    If an out and back I would do it from the North from Nesowadnehunk Campground as it skips the climb up from the saddle. Depending on what campground you are staying, the swimming area along the road on the way back south on the park road is fine place to swim without the leeches that may visit you on a swim in the local ponds and can be tad bit warmer due to the warming from the ledges it runs over. With respect to the stretch from the saddle to the summit on the south approach, its a steep, miserable rooty rocky eroded darn close to chimney in spots, IMHO in need a complete rerouting and rebuild. There is thankfully nothing similar on the north approach which is very well graded. There is some minimal scrambling along the summit ridge near the north outlook.

    As other mentioned its a favorite in the park that the weekend listers may skip while they are furiously trying to fill in the boxes on the lists. It sad for them as the view at the south end of the ridge is hard to beat. The ledge drops offs steeply in three directions like the prow of a large granite ship. The south end of the Chocorua summit is a pale imitation of it, but nothing else matches it in the whites. Bring your map since its sets off a bit from the primary mass of the mountains, it has great views of Katahdin and the northern peaks in the park plus the long views to the north and west. Definitely not one to do on an iffy weather day (I would probably pick the Brothers and Coe loop for a cloudy day compared to Doubletop).

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    IMHO, if you have a car spot, the north to south hike is the way to go but that means a steep down climb from the summit to the saddle with the politically incorrectly named mountain to the west. The last 2.5 miles or so from the saddle south to Kidney Pond is a pleasant woods walk down old logging roads with a mostly full canopy above for shade.

    If an out and back I would do it from the North from Nesowadnehunk Campground as it skips the climb up from the saddle. Depending on what campground you are staying, the swimming area along the road on the way back south on the park road is fine place to swim without the leeches that may visit you on a swim in the local ponds and can be tad bit warmer due to the warming from the ledges it runs over. With respect to the stretch from the saddle to the summit on the south approach, its a steep, miserable rooty rocky eroded darn close to chimney in spots, IMHO in need a complete rerouting and rebuild. There is thankfully nothing similar on the north approach which is very well graded. There is some minimal scrambling along the summit ridge near the north outlook.

    As other mentioned its a favorite in the park that the weekend listers may skip while they are furiously trying to fill in the boxes on the lists. It sad for them as the view at the south end of the ridge is hard to beat. The ledge drops offs steeply in three directions like the prow of a large granite ship. The south end of the Chocorua summit is a pale imitation of it, but nothing else matches it in the whites. Bring your map since its sets off a bit from the primary mass of the mountains, it has great views of Katahdin and the northern peaks in the park plus the long views to the north and west. Definitely not one to do on an iffy weather day (I would probably pick the Brothers and Coe loop for a cloudy day compared to Doubletop).
    And note the touching memorial at the summit from a wife to her husband. Love lasts forever on Doubletop.

    And don’t get suckered in thinking the north approach is a stroll. You got 1500 feet of very steep and rocky scrambling in that last mile.
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    So what makes you one? Back on Topic.
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