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starship_jenAbol Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


HP #26! It was a beautiful day to climb the Big K. Abol Trail was the only trail open due to snow and ice on the others. Hiked with Paul and we enjoyed views from the top as well as our traditional Reese's Peanut Butter Cups--yum! Steep and rocky, but what a mountain!!
Posted May 29, 2007 9:00 am

MoapaPkchildhood dream  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 1990


I originally planned to go in April, 1971. Trip after trip was cancelled, then as luck would have it, my brother-in-law got married in Maine...

My wife and I went up an easy route to the top, then went back on the knife edge. Before we started off on the edge, she turned to me and said, "I want you to know I'm doing this only because I love you".
Posted May 15, 2007 11:03 pm

The edgeHP #35  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2002

The edge

Ok; now to the serious HP's.... 70% is now done... I only have the hard ones left... My friend Philip Lee... first time hiker followed me to Kathadin... He almost died on the mountain...
Thanks for your poles... they were pretty usefull...
At least a dozen times on the peak...
Two times in Winter... Once via the Knife edge in W...
Awesome views...
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:52 pm

jvarholakAT  Sucess!


bittersweet end to 1976 AT thru-hike...bittersweet cuz it ended
Posted Feb 14, 2007 9:28 pm

VaughnHSnow in June  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2002


From their lake side wedding site South of Mt. Katahdin there appeared to be a snow patch close to Baxter Peak. Later as we crossed Table Land on the Appalacian Trail my daughter-in-law would not let me leave the trail to investigate.
Posted Dec 30, 2006 4:54 am

matt81Great Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2006


Up Hamlin Ridge trail and over to Baxter Peak. Sunshine and perfect weather.
Posted Nov 28, 2006 4:38 am

Sheazula3 trips to the Greatest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


I have summited Katahdin three times once in 2005 and two times in 2006. My most successful was on the date posted. Me and two of my friends hiked all of the Maine AT and got a great day on the Mountain, amazing expirence! The university of Maine at Farmington outing club also made the trip up the mountain this past October with 24 people. The leaves colors in Baxter were great, and the whole group summited without injury, great mountain... go HIKE KATAHDIN!
Posted Nov 20, 2006 2:14 am

mattdalmanThe Hunt Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006


Climbed on an absolutely perfect sunny day. There was no wind whatsoever on the saddle or the summit. Very enjoyable fun climb.
Posted Oct 16, 2006 9:46 am

abkfenrisGroup hike from school  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2005


We got to get out of school for a extra couple of days to hike Katahdin. There were 8 of us on the trip, one maine guide and one who was just obsessed with the park. I'm hoping I can go back some time during the winter, hopefully with the local SAR group (not to do a search and rescue, but it's winter training and fun up there). I'm up for hiking it again during the summer, when I'm usually somewhere between Bethel and Boothbay harbor.
Posted Oct 15, 2006 10:50 pm

FlandersDudley, Knife Edge, Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2006


Fun hike up. Plenty of boulders with easy hand-holds. Saw only 1 other person on this trail.

Knife Edge was great and Saddle was...well the Saddle. All around a great loop hike from Chimney Pond.
Posted Sep 26, 2006 10:44 pm

bidwelldkRoute Climbed Helon Taylor to Knife Edge  Sucess!


Climbed knife edge twice and can't imagine hiking the mountain any other way. One of the most beautiful trails I've ever been on! Looking forward to coming back and trying it in the winter.
Posted Sep 14, 2006 7:34 pm

IamLubosLast NE HP!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006


This is a really spectacular mountain, kind of like an east-coast cascade volcano. We went up the Abol trail and came down Hunt. Hunt was less steep, but I still managed to rip my pants. Oops! This was my last north-east highpoint.
Posted Sep 12, 2006 4:53 am

monealHelon Taylor / Knife's Edge / Hunt Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006


An absolutely perfect day in Maine. Clear skies, light winds and cool temps. Came up the Helon Taylor, across the Knife edge to the summit, and then down the Hunt Trail to the road where my wife picked me up. I only had one day to climb and cashed in. Loved the route, best hike/climb east of the Mississippi river IMHO. #25 on my state highpoint list. Half way there!
Posted Aug 15, 2006 10:40 pm

pingzingrHelon Taylor / Knife's Edge / Saddle Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


Amazing day on Katahdin with my father. Probably couldn't have asked for a better one. Went up Helon Taylor trail to Pamola then across the Knife's Edge to South and Baxter Peaks. I was hoping for more climbing along it like on the Chimney but that was a really nice section. Overall a wonderful trip and look forward to coming back and trying another route.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 8:14 pm

rasgoatone of the best n.e. summits!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005


ascended the cathederal trail. alot of nice scrambling! with many different levels of scrambling all throughout the trail. at the summit there were several through hikers celebrating thier accomplishment. it made me feel small! descended saddle and saw a HUGE mother moose with baby in the chimney pond trail. next time, the knife edge!!!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 9:38 pm

musicmountaincathedral  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2005


great mountain
Posted Aug 2, 2006 12:55 am

woodstriderMaine's Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2006


Took Chimney Pond Trail to Saddle Trail to the top where a good sized crowd was just beginning to form. The weather was very changeable- but looked like it might clear- which it did, but only after I had left. I then went over to Hamlin Peak, whose summit I had all to myself. Went down the Ridge trail.
Posted Jul 27, 2006 10:05 pm

TLPBest in the NorthEast!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2006


Took the Helon Taylor trail up to Pamola. Crossed the Knife Edge to Baxter Peak. Took the Saddle trail on the way down. Just an amazing experience! Unbelievable!
Posted Jul 21, 2006 2:55 pm

IlafanRe: Route Climbed: AT (Hunt, from Katahdin Stream Campground) Date Climbed: October 7, 2005


Excellent details! Reading your log entry brought my experience back to me in a very vivid manner. Thanks for the fine post!
Posted Jul 21, 2006 1:34 am

IlafanSimply the best in New England  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


This climb was the best highpoint experience I've had yet. This isn't just a nice hike; it is a climb, my first ever. Fab! We were continually lucky with this highpoint. First of all, we just drove up to Baxter Park on a Saturday night and somehow got a campsite without a reservation. Then on the climb, the clouds/fog was so thick, that we did not know what we were really doing above treeline. We couldn't see the dropoffs or cliffs, so we had no idea how big this mountain was. Had we been able to see, perhaps we would have chickened out. Finally, once on Baxter Peak, we were lucky again because the misty fog burned off, and we were treated to views like no others. Simply spectacular. Plus, one of our members almost slid into a large snake on the descent. Very funny to see him shriek. HA!
Posted Jul 21, 2006 1:30 am

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