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imzadiRe: Rain on Katahdin

imzadi

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

imzadi

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

woodsxc

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

BCJ

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

irennie

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

Tahawus

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

Turbo

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

TiogaBradford

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

tioga

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

lilmountaingirl

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

oconnellr

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

cms829Cathedral  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008

cms829

Summited Baxter Peak on a fairly clear gorgeous winter day. Def the toughest 4 days of my life thus far. what an incredible park!
Posted Feb 20, 2008 12:00 pm

giggyWinter Abol Climb  Sucess!

giggy

day tripped abol slide - nice day!
Posted Feb 13, 2008 2:33 pm

jimeganMT KATAHDIN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2006

jimegan

SOLOED THE CHIMNEY POND/HELON TAYLOR TRAILS OVER THE KNIFE EDGE RIDGE...THE MOST ENJOYABLE CLIMB OF MY NEW ENGLAND TRIP WITH THE SUMMIT IN CLOUDS MOST OF THE TRIP, BUT THE CLOUDS PARTING ALONG THE KNIFE EDGE ON THE RETURN
Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:14 pm

TMFBad Weather  Sucess!

TMF

Summited in a cloud the entire time, met sleet and Hail on the Knife Edge, still one of my favorite hikes.
Posted Jan 17, 2008 9:14 pm

utclimberKatahdin  Sucess!
My favorite peak I've climbed in the NE.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:37 am

MattGreeneFoggy Days  Sucess!
Climbed via the knife edge. Fog gave my hike an eerie quality. Does the sun ever shine in northern Maine?
Posted Dec 1, 2007 5:56 pm

Six2Finishing the AT early  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2004

Six2

Oddly, even though I had hundreds of miles of AT left to hike, I always remember summiting Katahdin as the height of my section hike. Descended via Knife Edge and hitched back to the ranger station for my gear.
Posted Nov 28, 2007 12:52 am

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