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texasshepsTough but doable  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2014
We summited Katahdin on the Hunt Trail. Very demanding hike, 5 1/2 hours up and 5 1/2 hours down. 60 degrees at the start, sweating like pigs in no time. However, the weather cooperated the whole way, probably mid 40's at the summit. My wife was 15 hours round trip.

Some points: 1) You need to secure a permit ***on-line***. We thought you just needed to show up early but they were already full for our Saturday (fortunately, there were permits available for Sunday). 2) 2 quarts was not enough. We actually stashed a 3rd quart at the falls but somebody pinched them. If you try this, hide your stash really well. 3) The holds and boulder scrambling can be very difficult if you're short. 4) There is no water at the trail head, bring extra in your car. 5) Bring your headlamp! I know, I know, you won't need it, but it's completely dark after sunset, no hiking possible without a light, and stuff does happen. 6) If you happen to encounter locked gates at the park (we did), there's an emergency release.
Posted Jul 23, 2014 7:52 pm

punchlineHunt Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2014


I would like to thank my employer for (unknowingly) sending me on business trips that just happen to be near state Highpoints :) Kathadin was one of those. Questionable weather reports initially almost lead me to not venture out. But as I got closer to the trailhead it was just overcast. Abol trail closed for the season so I took the Hunt trail up and down. On the way down the rain appeared and held on for most of the descent. One bonus was that I never had to break out the bug spray or sunscreen! Luckily the rental car had heated seats so that I could warm up my butt on the way back to the hotel! Highpoint #16
Posted Jun 5, 2014 7:08 am

millertime300On a Knife's Edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2012


Climbed it via the Knife Edge route. Very windy but I pressed on anyways. Not for the faint of heart! Dramatic exposure. Loved it. Probably my favorite part of my hike to the Whites. Descended the Hunt/AT
Posted Apr 16, 2014 11:38 am

IdahoScottHighpoint #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1997


The icing on the top of a great week of backpacking trip with my brother. Grey and blowing up top, but great memories!
Posted Apr 7, 2014 5:46 pm

BobD3First of about 218 peaks on the AT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 1971


Beginning of a 1500 mile AT journey going north to south. Would love to go back and finish the segment between Roanoke, Va. and Springer Mtn. someday. Cloudy, cool, breezy, on the summit.
Posted Feb 15, 2014 12:49 pm

iamrwoodWhite Out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2013


Hiked up to Chimney Pond pre-dawn and then up Cathedral Ridge. Weather prevented us from crossing Knife's Edge. :( [with Pocket Rocks & Big Bird]
Posted Jan 13, 2014 11:32 pm

artirmGood one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2008


Posted Jan 5, 2014 7:41 pm

WhiteInVermontSunshine Surprise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013


Hunt trail, forcast called for overcast but it was blue bird all day.
Posted Nov 23, 2013 9:26 am

technicolorNHharder than Washington, easier than Borah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2013


Two hours and fifty five minutes up the Hunt trail. Great class two and three action until I hit the tabletop. Nice weather for mid October even if it was numbingly cold and windy at the summit. Great views. Three hours down punctuated by seeing three through hikers finishing their AT hike with a dreadlocked girl following behind them at a more reasonable (I.e. fast as opposed to blazing fast) pace. My 37th state high point.
Posted Oct 21, 2013 12:12 am

Moogie737Helon Taylor - Up and Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2013


#1 10-2-13 Solo. Forecast for sunshine and NNW winds 10-20 mph held until Pamola Peak. From there it became 50' vis in thick moist clouds and winds 30 mph gusting to 40 mph. One upbeat aspect was that it was relatively warm, maybe 45 degrees. Met Tom (Abol trail) and one other at the weathered but still standing summit sign. Fall colors were breathtaking - when one could see them. On return I did the Knife-Edge again, holding on for dear life and descended below clouds at 4,000'. Exactly 7 hrs r/t. I'd love to do this route with clear skies and light winds. :)
Posted Oct 4, 2013 9:24 am

joseyinnetBeautiful fall day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 1986


Went up and down Abol slide trail. Gorgeous fall weather, and lots of nice foliage. Quite a bit easier than I was expecting, but still a great experience. Nice to see a lot of Appalachian trail hikers finishing. Anyway, state HP#22 in the books...
Posted Sep 30, 2013 11:28 am

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

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