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TMFUp Saddle down Helon Taylor  Sucess!


beautiful day. whiskey sweat.
Posted Aug 26, 2010 10:30 pm

NWUp Abol down Hunt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


We started at 6:30am and went up the Abol which was steep but not to bad, though I stayed a fair distance behind the person ahead because of the loose rocks which sometimes dislodged. Got to the top traveled some of the knife edge turned around because of time, went back to Baxter Peak, then down the Hunt. 12 hour hike that was awesome. Especially since we were able to hitch a ride back to our campsite at Abol. Haha.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 7:24 am

rlawsonCathedral up - Helon Taylor down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2010


Perfect day. Up and down in 7.5 hrs. Bagged Mt. Mansfield in VT the day before to make it two state high points in as many days. This is only high point #7 for me though. Easily the coolest mountain on the east coast.
Posted Aug 4, 2010 2:01 pm

chocodoveAmazing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2010


Amazing day. Up Helon, down the Saddle.
Posted Jul 29, 2010 8:35 pm

jcoalterAwesome Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2010


Up Helon Taylor/Knife Edge, down Saddle. Gorgeous day, not too many bugs. Totally lucked out on the weather.
Posted Jul 24, 2010 5:16 pm

jaypisanoDudley - Knife Edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2010


First time climbing in New England and first time with my dad and my younger brother. An excellent but challenging climb. Wish the Chimney Pond trail had less rocks.
Posted Jul 23, 2010 11:33 am

ChinigoHelon Taylor / Knife Edge round trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2010


It was a beautiful day for weather, and the boulders/rocks were brutal! State highpoint #23 for me.
Posted Jul 1, 2010 1:40 pm

BergFlickaBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1995


Went up the knife edge and loved my day on the mountain.
Posted May 26, 2010 3:27 pm

BrookTroutLeiphartbest hike in the NE   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 1973
Ice everywhere & 100 yard visibility=no view. My 3rd HP. Went back in Sept. 1987 and spent 2 nights at Chimney Pond hut. Spent an hour or more on top and saw 2 nurses from Atlanta come up the AT and give a big high-5. Yes, they finished the AT! Hiked down the knife edge in perfect warm weather. It's the best hike in the NE! Finished the 50 state high points in 2002 (#111).
Posted May 20, 2010 2:28 pm

bryangastNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 1996


Some fog, but a nice easy hike via the "knife edge". I must say that the route sounded much more spectacular than it really was.
Posted Jan 7, 2010 8:39 pm

VizziniStarted Here  Sucess!
I've probably climbed Katahdin 15 times over the years, first time when I was about 7. My father used to take us just about every summer. My younger brother did it when he was 5 (!!) we have the pictures to prove it. I have a 5 year old of my own now and can't imagine... looking forward to bringing him in a few years though.
Posted Dec 18, 2009 10:58 am

mountaindanBeautiful Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009


Three of the most Beautiful days, perfect weather and no bugs.
Camped at Roaring brook (with the Bears) climbed Helon Taylor and descended Cathedral trail. I cant wait to go back, hopefully for a winter ascent
Posted Dec 14, 2009 6:40 pm

JHH60First summit in college
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 1978


Climbed via the Knife Edge with the Harvard Outing Club during my Freshman year in college. Beautiful hike.
Posted Nov 2, 2009 11:24 pm

birdheadOne Day Window  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2009


I had a one day window for a Katahdin climb and made plans to go up the Helon Taylor trail , across the Knife Edge, and then down the Saddle trail. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. The park rangers insisted that I ascend the Saddle trail and evaluate the possibility of descending the Knife Edge once on the summit. I did as they recommended and was the first to summit that day. On top it became very clear to me that the Knife Edge was not happening because the winds were blowing 45 mph, the visibility was 100ft, hail was coming down, and the ambient temperature was easily below freezing. I ultimately just descended the Saddle trail and felt lucky to reach the summit at all, as the weather continued to degrade over the next couple of days. Despite being unable to experience the Knife Edge, I felt it was still a really impressive mountain in a beautiful area full of amazing fall colors.
Posted Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

derektheredholy cow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007


hiked up the hunt spur in a rain storm. nearly got blown off the mountain, so we had to scratch our plans for the knife edge. oh well...
Posted Sep 23, 2009 12:42 am

imzadiFINALLY  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009


Up Cathedral, down Helon Taylor

AWESOME...well worth the wait!
Posted Sep 14, 2009 1:39 pm

IHaveArrivedBeautiful day on Katahdin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2009


I lucked out and summited Mt. Katahdin on a beautiful August day without a cloud in the sky. In fact on the descent, the afternoon sun had baked the rocks enough that it felt like hiking in a furnace and I quickly went through the 2l of water I carried.
Posted Aug 30, 2009 6:43 pm

iditarod81Cathedral Ridge  Sucess!


Did this in '06. So much fun!! Reminds me of Kelso Ridge on Torreys Peak in CO.
Posted Aug 25, 2009 8:20 pm

Lenny72To the Summit of Mount Katahdin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 1999


Long winter approach in. Weather was marginal but we made it to the summit! Total mileage, including approach, climb to summit, general hiking around in Baxter State Park, and back to our cars was 44 miles in 3.5 days. Very exhausting but beautiful! However, I have no desire to do another winter trip there. The approach to the base of the mountain is 13 miles alone! In winter, you are too far from help should anything go wrong.
Posted Aug 2, 2009 5:31 pm

weathergirl42Katahdin Rocks!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2009


Ascended via Hunt Trail into the worst weather I've ever seen. The wind was literally knocking me off my feet and it was pelting ice-cold rain. Descended on Saddle to Baxter Peak Cutoff back to Hunt. Solo summit on my 29th birthday! HP #5. I can't wait to go back in nice weather and try the Knife's Edge!
Posted Jul 6, 2009 2:34 pm

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