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"CMD Arete to Ben Nevis" vs. "Knife's Edge to Katahdin"

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"CMD Arete to Ben Nevis" vs. "Knife's Edge to Katahdin"

Postby LesterLong » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:59 am

Hi SPers,

I've climbed CMD and tried to take the arete to Ben Nevis, but frankly didn't have the head for heights. Now, I'd like to do the Knife's Edge route to Katahdin.

Which is harder? Scarier?

Thanks!
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Re: "CMD Arete to Ben Nevis" vs. "Knife's Edge to Katahdin"

Postby nartreb » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:56 am

Haven't been to Ben Nevis, but from photos and video the CMD arete looks pretty similar to the "knife edge" on Katahdin in terms of difficulty. The CMD arete is probably a little narrower than the Katahdin Knife Edge (KKE), and the KKE is probably more solid rock, which means you can (for most of its length) stand away from the very top without worrying about riding a landslide all the way down. (Most of it is more like the second video below than like the first.) The KKE does have about 700m vertical exposure on one side, and one notch where you have to climb maybe ten feet of almost vertical, down then back up.

In short, if your'e scared of heights, you probably won't like the KKE either.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKRZiy_sLcg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... BfTVHuqeMY
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Re: "CMD Arete to Ben Nevis" vs. "Knife's Edge to Katahdin"

Postby sm0421 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:27 am

Hi, Knife's Edge on Katahdin is not hard, nor exposed.
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Re: "CMD Arete to Ben Nevis" vs. "Knife's Edge to Katahdin"

Postby LesterLong » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:01 pm

Thanks. I ended up NOT taking the knife edge on Katahdin, so while I've climbed Ben Nevis and Katahdin, on neither have I taken the road less traveled. :(
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