It had been 7 years since I last completed the entire Hundred Mile Wilderness (HMW) in one push, and never had I attempted it northbound (Monson to Abol Bridge). With my Fastest Known Time (FKT) over this route being taken down earlier this year, I was excited to give it another shot and see how fast I could do it, and to spend some quality adventure time in my favorite place.
|Ready to take off from Monson.|
|There's a trail in there somewhere.|
|Crossing Long Pond Stream. No rope but water was low.|
The next section, the Chairback-Barren Range, is the most difficult of the HMW, but also my favorite. Fewer hardwoods up high also made for fewer leaves and easier navigation. With sunset just after 4pm, I would be dropping off Chairback Mountain to the crew at KI road (Mile 30) along with the setting sun. I was excited to see that my Uncle Sam had joined the crew. My 9 hours from Monson to KI road was the fastest I have ever done those 30 miles, but still a little slower than I was hoping for.
|Uncle Sam joins the crew at KI.|
|White Cap summit. High point of the HMW.|
|Lower Jo-Mary Lake just before sunrise.|
|Mount Katahdin view from shores of Pemadumcook Lake|
|Hiking the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail.|