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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

osatrikSHP # 33, in 1989  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 1989


Easily the most interesting of the east coast state highpoints to climb, my daughter and I did this climb after a 6 month hiatus from highpointing, the longest drought up to that point. We had a wonderful experience, including having a moose stroll though our Chimney Pond camp. We did the full traverse, up to Chimney Peak, and then across the so-called knife edge to the summit, before descending the Saddle Trail. Katahdin was number 33 of my 49 state high points, and number 32 for Vanessa.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 4:46 pm

HotovenFirst heavy duty rock scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2002


Climbed it with my family. It was very fun and worth the trip! It was the highlight of the trip given the view once we hit the top.
Posted Apr 20, 2009 2:06 pm

SLinehan88Cathedral, saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2008


Low clouds and rain made Cathedral trail an interesting climb. Visibility was only 20 feet at times, but once we got above the clouds it was great.
Posted Dec 8, 2008 1:06 pm

jamesmhI granite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2007


I did the "usual" route up Katahdin via the AT. Once above tree line the hike up the granite is fantastic.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 11:10 am

kavakVia Saddle Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2004


This was my second attempt. In May of 1997 there was too much snow on the mountain for the rangers to open the peak. This is an impressive mountain even for someone from Colorado. My youngest son and I climbed into the clouds. There were no views at the summit other than the numerous summit signs.
Posted Oct 15, 2008 10:10 am

climbhighnowDudley Trail>Knife Edge>Saddle Tral  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2008


Had a lucky break in the weather until about half way across the knife edge, from then on the mountain was totally socked in by clouds. Amazing place though, and prob. my new favorite east coast mountain.
Posted Oct 6, 2008 9:49 am

imzadiRe: Rain on Katahdin


Hey...we were there on the 27th too!! We DIDN'T summit on the 27th...we were wet, cold, and frustrated (our lean to was TRASHED so we couldn't unpack our 40 lb backpacks to hit the summit right away). Of course, once we got unpacked and were ready to hit it (it had stopped raining, we were dry and fed)...it was 12:30 and cut off is 11:00! Despite others who went up past cut off...we "followed the rules" and stayed down. Heck, as we were staying the night, we can at least hit Baxter via the Saddle tomorrow, right? NOPE!!! 9-28...they shut the mountain down!! I almost cried.
Posted Sep 30, 2008 8:56 am

imzadiattempt thwarted!!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008


It figures...no hurracaines have come close to Maine in quite a few years. The weekend we planned to hike Katahdin (since MAY!!), hurracaine Kyle decides to make an appearance!! They shut down the mountain...so much for being on top of the world (in Maine anyway)! Heck, got to camp out at Chimney Pond Campground and look at the beautiful mountain (when the fog and clouds allowed me to). I'm SO glad we had a tarp for that evening...
Oh well...as the old addage goes...the mountain ain't going anywhere.
Posted Sep 30, 2008 8:50 am

woodsxcRain on Katahdin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008


All the rangers we encountered said we probably wouldn't summit because of the rain, but we went ahead and hiked anyway. We were the first group out of Roaring Brook and first out of Chimney Pond. We headed up Saddle and nabbed Baxter before 11 AM and then took the Knife Edge down, getting South, Chimney and Pamola Peaks on the way. By the time we got back to Chimney Pond, we were almost totally dry despite having soaked through our hardshells. It was a long (11 hours), hard, and pretty cold day, but totally worth it. Traversing the Knife Edge in the mist was one of the coolest mountain experiences I've had.
Posted Sep 28, 2008 1:39 pm

BCJBeautiful Fall Colors  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2007


The leaves were at their peak at the lower elevations and it was a perfect day. The scramble to be one of the few cars let into the park at 5am was quite the experience.
Posted Aug 30, 2008 7:20 pm

Patrick BGreat Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Patrick B

Was planning on doing Knife Edge-Helon Taylor Trail but my dad and brother chickened out with one look at Knife Edge. We went back down Dudley and up Saddle, came back down then past Chimney Pond to the parking lot. Estimated distance: 15 - 17 miles.

Pat b
Posted Aug 24, 2008 8:35 am

irennieSuccess on Day 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2008


Tried to do Helon Taylor to the knife's edge the morning before but didnt like the weather so decided on Hunt Trail instead. Weather sucked but it was still a great climb. Left at 5am and had the mountain to ourselves all morning.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 1:55 pm

TahawusKatahdin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2008


Climbed with Hamlin Peak via the Helon Taylor Trail from Roaring Brook. Finally had some decent weather after two days of hiking in the rain. When we reached treeline on Helon Taylor we were above a sea of clouds. The view of Baxter Peak and the Knife Edge from Pamola has to be one of the best views I've ever seen. Had a blast traversing the Knife Edge, one of the great hikes in the East. My sixth state highpoint!
Posted Aug 13, 2008 11:07 am

TurboAT SoBo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2008


Began a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail here on June 26, 2008. Visibility was about 10 feet. Neat mountain, wish I could have seen something. :)
Posted Jul 30, 2008 10:57 pm

TiogaBradfordAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008


My favorite mountain in the East now, and ranks up there with the best mountains I've climbed in the country. Same details as Tioga.
Posted Jul 26, 2008 11:34 am

tiogaLong Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008


Went with my brother and father to Baxter State Park over July 4 weekend. We climbed up the Abol Trail, then circled the summit via Baxter Peak Cutoff Trail. From there my father headed to the top while my brother and I decended Cathedral Trail. At Chimney Pond we headed up Dudley Trail to the top of Pamola Peak and across the Knife Edge to the summit of Baxter Peak where we met our father, who had been waiting around the top for a few hours. Then we slowly made our way down the Hunt (AT) Trail. So, my brother and I essentially climbed the mountain twice and we were all physically exhausted by the end of the day. A great mountain!
Posted Jul 8, 2008 8:53 am

lilmountaingirlKnife's Edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007


We had a perfect day! Brought my boyfriend, a MT boy who had never hiked in New England, and taught him some things about trails in the north east! The wind whipping across the Knife Edge sounded like a train. We took Helon Taylor up Knife's Edge and back down the Saddle Trail ~ amazing 70* temps all day.
Posted May 14, 2008 3:42 pm

Sam Page4x  Sucess!

Sam Page

Each time by a different route.
Posted Apr 20, 2008 11:27 am

oconnellrKnife's edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2005


2nd time up Katahdin, this time gorgeous weather. Helon Taylor trail, over Knife's edge, and down Hamlin Ridge. First time up we had nothing but rain (Saddle Trail, Knife's edge, and down Dudley Trail) so it was good to see the view this time!
Posted Mar 23, 2008 5:49 pm

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