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nefarious_1_Fantastic Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2013


Up Dudley, across Knife Edge, down Saddle: an incredible, fantastic climb. Round trip around 9hrs including a nice break at Baxter Peak while talking to few guys completing their AT thru-hike. Dudley was wet and slippery making for a trully exhilarating climb. The weather was quite cloudy at the start and cleared up nicely for the Knife Edge traverse allowing for some excellent photographs. Certainly one of my (if not THE) favorite Northeast climbs to date. Also saw several moose throughout the park during a couple day hikes. I can't wait to visit the park again.
Posted Sep 29, 2013 12:30 am

ljbaileyslippery on knifes edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013


We went up Abol over knifes edge, and back down. A member of our group fell behind and got switched around at the top. I had to set off at 10 pm for a search and rescue hike to find her. Everyone got back safe, some lessons were learned, and all is forgiven.
Posted Sep 15, 2013 1:29 pm

LesterLongA real mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2012


Up and down the Helen Taylor route. I really enjoyed the mountain and hope to return to it....it has more lessons for me.
Posted Sep 2, 2013 12:35 am

LPAwesome Road Trip to Baxter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013


Did the 350 mile drive to finally get Katadhin! Totally worth it.
Posted Aug 20, 2013 9:45 am

huskertriguySaved it for a Rainy Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2013


Helon Knife Edge up;
Saddle Trail/Chimney Pond down.

It started raining one hour into my hike and did not let up for the rest of the day.

I really should not have been on the Knife Edge that day. Another hiker caught up to me and we adjusted our paces to stick together, as we were both mutually relieved someone else was dumb enough to be on the slick rocks in that rain and wind.

Only one other person I know of summited that day -- and he was a 69-year-old man who was very ill-outfitted and hypothermic, so getting to the ranger station down the extremely windy Saddle Trail to alert the ranger, hanging out and drying as the ranger got this guy warm and dry, and then walking him (and 60-70 pounds of his soaking wet gear, from jeans to flannel to asundry items) back took some time and pain.

Recommend descending the Saddle Trail, but those high winds are unlike any I have ever experienced anywhere in my life.

13 hours on the trail by the time I was done, 12 of which I spent soaked to the bone.

All in all a great day, beautiful mountain, and the weather helped ensure I had relative solitude. :-)

A very hard-earned SHP #32.
Posted Jun 14, 2013 12:59 pm

funnyfarmTale of Two Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2013


With only Abol and Hunt trails open, I was hesitant. I am not very experienced on technical leaning trails or scrambles. Morning was beautiful as I went up Abol. The weather turned nasty as I hit the summit and on the advice of the ranger I went down the Hunt trail. Not sure that was great advice but I made it five rain soaked hours later. Still had to hike two miles back to the car. I want to do it again when other tails are open. This was number 8.
Posted Jun 8, 2013 9:17 am

sredfernCrew 63 Summits Katahdin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010


Summited with the heartiest members of my BSA Venture Crew including my son. Weather was good, and we summited mid morning. We considered crossing Knife Edge but weather forecast wasn't great and we decided not to chance it. Fantastic hike!
Posted May 24, 2013 11:25 pm

lutty11Great Area
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2013


Great setting, tons of route options. Had to bail on summit attempt (Waterfall Gully) due to unstable snow. Get it Next time!
Posted Feb 17, 2013 4:14 pm

THalky#14 - Best day in my highpointing adventures so far  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012


Up Cathedral Ridge and down Knife's Edge.
Had more fun on this hike than any other. Weather was good, we had a day of rest in between, and the trails were more engaging; looking for the best way up or where to put your foot. Some adrenalin on knifes edge too. Especially when the fog started rolling in on one side of the edge.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 1:54 pm

xbaghatthirty-four  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010


Posted Jan 20, 2013 11:07 am

Jimmy RiversFavorite day on a Northeastern mountain, maybe ever!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

Jimmy Rivers

We had amazing weather on our end of summer tour of Northeast highpoints. This was my 14th state HP. We took the Cathedral Ridge trail up, and at the summit saw a few guys completing their AT hike. Then we continued on to the Knife Edge and Helen Taylor. 70 degrees weather, and just so much fun up there! I'll go back to Maine again....
Posted Jan 4, 2013 6:01 am

captainbuudaThe Beginning: Katahdin to the Dragon's Tooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2012


I had a beautiful day to summit. Other thru-hikers I knew spoke of horrendous rain, fog, and generally nasty weather on their summit of Katahdin. Not for me. It felt like God smiling on me giving me wind to cool me down and to dry things off after the rain from the night before. And the Knife Edge Route was actually less dangerous on a whole than my descent via the Hunt Trail/A.T.
Posted Dec 24, 2012 1:33 pm

marilouWindy Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


My very first high point! Very windy at the summit, hence, the park rangers advised our group not to climb via the Knife's Edge.
Posted Nov 29, 2012 10:40 pm

ljbaileywhat a mountain!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


I went up with a group of 12, we ended up hiking in different groups according to our speed/strength.....I can't wait to attempt in the winter!
Posted Nov 16, 2012 11:05 pm

JimWallaceWinter Knife edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2012


A superb climb. We traversed down the knife edge from baxter to Pamola. 65 mph winds made for a hair raising hike. Definatelt one of the Northeasts US best peaks
Posted Oct 26, 2012 8:20 am



Cathedral ridge -> knife edge was a really fun climb and the views were fantastic!
Posted Sep 26, 2012 1:19 am

highlandvillagerFun despite the warnings  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2012


We arrived at Roaring Brook to clearing weather after a severe storm, planning to ascend via Chimney Pond and Saddle trails and descend via Knife Edge and Helon Taylor. The ranger initially talked us out of hiking that day. Dry Brook was a raging torrent and temperatures were dropping. After some delay and discussion, we fortunately decided to hike up and evaluate conditions for ourselves as we went. We were rewarded with a very fun hike and scramble in good conditions with amazing views in every direction. Departing the summit with only about two hours of light left, we decided to skip the Knife Edge in favor of the route we had ascended. HP43
Posted Sep 24, 2012 1:06 pm

alexbuckGreat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2010


Have climbed Katahdin several times, via many routes. It is a great stomping ground no matter the season.
Posted Sep 22, 2012 6:52 am

RedwicAn Awesome Experience!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012


Without question, this will go down as my most memorable and favorite hike in the NE USA. I took the Hunt Trail to the summit. Within 10 minutes of my arrival, a man showed up who was completing the Appalachian Trail (5 months, 10 days). 10 minutes later, another man showed up with his completion. Then 10 minutes later, another man completed the trail. During my descent, I passed nubmerous other people who were completing the Appalachian Trail. Talking with those people, and seeing their expressions with a major accomplishment, was a great experience. As for the Hunt Trail, the rock scramble section was the hardest... not because of anything really technical, but because 50+ MPH winds kept knocking me down as I scurried up boulders, and I occasionally had to take brief refuges from wind by stopping between tall boulders. Strangely, there was very little wind on "Tableland" and no wind at the summit... which was the opposite of what I had expected. This was my 47th State Highpoint.
Posted Sep 18, 2012 12:43 am

BConleyHP #28  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2012


Hiked out and back the hunt trail. Weather was cold and rainy. Views were outstanding. Well worth the long steep hike.
Posted Sep 11, 2012 7:07 pm

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