Whirlwind Acadia Weekend

I wasn’t sure it would happen, but this past August I managed to continue the tradition of making it up to Acadia at least once.  I had to drive by myself both ways, but it was totally worth it for an amazing weekend on the island.

I drove up Friday and made it onto the island in time to settle in before it got too late.  Saturday morning we put in my sister’s Kayak and rented another to head out into Somes Sound.  The weather was perfect, blue skies, and glassy ocean without much wind.

Out in Somes Sound.  Calm morning, and still water.

Out in Somes Sound. Calm morning, and still water.

The sea life must’ve agreed with us, since we saw a few seals and several porpoises. Not pictured, unfortunately.

My sister in her personal boat.  That I have no chance of getting into.

My sister in her personal boat. That I have no chance of getting into.

After being on the water for a few hours, we went to pick up a park pass and then drove in search of the glorious Jordan Pond house popovers, something I’ve missed out on the past few years.

Glorious.

Glorious.

The day wasn’t over yet though.  A quick jaunt along Jordan Pond brought us to the southern ascent of the South Bubble, a great steep, short hike.  I went for a brief jog to scope out the climbing in the area, and after a bit of scrambling determined where it was, but further investigation was for another day.  We made it up to Bubble rock just as the sun began to sink low.

Hangin' out on top.

Hangin' out on top.

The view from South Bubble.

The view from South Bubble.

Afterwards we executed a mission to quickly pick up some beer and burritos, then went on a night hike to our preferred hang out to enjoy our plunder.

Sunday morning we got up early for some delicious breakfast, after which I headed to Otter Cliffs to meet up with Sukes for some climbing.  The cliffs were bustling with guides, their groups, and a few other pairs of climbers.  It was definitely busier than I’d ever seen.  Luckily now that I have some pro, Sukes and I were able to quickly pick out a route we figured we’d have no problem getting up, and start setting up.

Sukes and his Dad, enjoying the great view.

Sukes and his Dad, enjoying the great view.

Cordelette in action for a 3 piece anchor.

Cordelette in action for a 3 piece anchor. The puddle is all part of it.

Close-up of of top-belay system

Close-up of our top-belay system. Use a second rope for rappelling down if you have it. We were shown this setup by some climbers on our first Otter Cliff outing. Black 'biner is for lowering, silver is for belaying.

We set on a fun 5.7 with big blocks, ledges and a fun crux.  It was slightly overhanging with a few hidden pockets.  Unfortunately we were both short on time, so after we lowered each other and ascended twice, we called it a day.

Sukes getting fully extended on the block-y ledges.

Sukes getting fully extended on the block-y ledges.

Me, right at the crux.

Me, right at the crux.

Second time around. Resting briefly before the crux.

Second time around. Resting briefly before the crux.

After climbing I laid low at camp and enjoyed some quality family time.  The drive home had the usual traffic, but it was totally worth it, as always.

 

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