KristoriaBlack wrote:I'm interested in the problem being discussed here because I too would like to go meself and wander up along the knife's edge in the dead a winter. But now I'm just confused:
Still, I just don't get this. What's the verdict? Is the mountain both difficult and easy?
I plan on heading out there this winter to do it solo.
FortMental wrote:It’s true. Baxter State Park, in northern Maine, has a registration process and a set of rules that rival just about any other climbing area in the country. It ensures that properly equipped teams of climbers have a thorough knowledge of just what their getting themselves into. Although it might not be the intent of the park, it also contributes to the relatively small number of ice climbers who visit this amazing alpine playground.
Contacting the Park and requesting their Winter Procedures and Information packet is the first step in putting a trip together. This free information will bring clarity to the winter party application process, the camping reservations, and the required equipment list. Most of the information in this packet is also available on the Parks website, http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com
Building the Team
One of the major obstacles involved in climbing Katahdin must be tackled well before the mountain is even in view. It’s no small feat to assemble a group of four or more individuals (the minimum team size that the park will allow is four) that are willing to make the trip a priority. Scheduling conflicts, ability levels and transportation solutions are just a few of the many logistic details to contend with. Start by selecting a trip leader. This individual should begin the process of gathering information and communicating with Baxter State Park four to six weeks prior to visiting the peak. (now 7 days)
gbeane wrote:Some of your information is out of date. There is no longer a minimum party size of 4, although solo winter hikers are required to fill out a one page solo form. I don't think they allow soloing on the "technical routes". They also no longer have "required gear", although they do have "recommended gear". They also no longer close the mountain due to weather, they do issue a code of green (favorable conditions), yellow (favorable but deteriorating), and red (above treeline or technical activities not recommended). A red day can be triggered by these conditions: real temperature of -30F or less, wind chill of -35F or less, rain/sleet, or a major snowstorm in progress. Again, red day is "not recommended" but technically not prohibited.
A two page form is required for groups, this also reserves your camping spot (climbing resumes not needed):
http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com ... ration.pdf
solo winter campers or above treeline non-technical climbers fill out this form:
http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com ... gForm_.pdf
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