Katahdin Climber's Log

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Moogie737

Moogie737 - Oct 4, 2013 9:24 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2013

Helon Taylor - Up and Down  Sucess!

#1 10-2-13 Solo. Forecast for sunshine and NNW winds 10-20 mph held until Pamola Peak. From there it became 50' vis in thick moist clouds and winds 30 mph gusting to 40 mph. One upbeat aspect was that it was relatively warm, maybe 45 degrees. Met Tom (Abol trail) and one other at the weathered but still standing summit sign. Fall colors were breathtaking - when one could see them. On return I did the Knife-Edge again, holding on for dear life and descended below clouds at 4,000'. Exactly 7 hrs r/t. I'd love to do this route with clear skies and light winds. :)

joseyinnet

joseyinnet - Sep 30, 2013 11:28 am Date Climbed: Sep 28, 1986

Beautiful fall day  Sucess!

Went up and down Abol slide trail. Gorgeous fall weather, and lots of nice foliage. Quite a bit easier than I was expecting, but still a great experience. Nice to see a lot of Appalachian trail hikers finishing. Anyway, state HP#22 in the books...

nefarious_1_

nefarious_1_ - Sep 29, 2013 12:30 am Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2013

Fantastic Mountain  Sucess!

Up Dudley, across Knife Edge, down Saddle: an incredible, fantastic climb. Round trip around 9hrs including a nice break at Baxter Peak while talking to few guys completing their AT thru-hike. Dudley was wet and slippery making for a trully exhilarating climb. The weather was quite cloudy at the start and cleared up nicely for the Knife Edge traverse allowing for some excellent photographs. Certainly one of my (if not THE) favorite Northeast climbs to date. Also saw several moose throughout the park during a couple day hikes. I can't wait to visit the park again.

ljbailey

ljbailey - Sep 15, 2013 1:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013

slippery on knifes edge  Sucess!

We went up Abol over knifes edge, and back down. A member of our group fell behind and got switched around at the top. I had to set off at 10 pm for a search and rescue hike to find her. Everyone got back safe, some lessons were learned, and all is forgiven.

LesterLong

LesterLong - Sep 2, 2013 12:35 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2012

A real mountain  Sucess!

Up and down the Helen Taylor route. I really enjoyed the mountain and hope to return to it....it has more lessons for me.

LP

LP - Aug 20, 2013 9:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Awesome Road Trip to Baxter  Sucess!

Did the 350 mile drive to finally get Katadhin! Totally worth it.

huskertriguy

huskertriguy - Jun 14, 2013 12:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2013

Saved it for a Rainy Day  Sucess!

Helon Knife Edge up;
Saddle Trail/Chimney Pond down.

It started raining one hour into my hike and did not let up for the rest of the day.

I really should not have been on the Knife Edge that day. Another hiker caught up to me and we adjusted our paces to stick together, as we were both mutually relieved someone else was dumb enough to be on the slick rocks in that rain and wind.

Only one other person I know of summited that day -- and he was a 69-year-old man who was very ill-outfitted and hypothermic, so getting to the ranger station down the extremely windy Saddle Trail to alert the ranger, hanging out and drying as the ranger got this guy warm and dry, and then walking him (and 60-70 pounds of his soaking wet gear, from jeans to flannel to asundry items) back took some time and pain.

Recommend descending the Saddle Trail, but those high winds are unlike any I have ever experienced anywhere in my life.

13 hours on the trail by the time I was done, 12 of which I spent soaked to the bone.

All in all a great day, beautiful mountain, and the weather helped ensure I had relative solitude. :-)

A very hard-earned SHP #32.

funnyfarm

funnyfarm - Jun 8, 2013 9:17 am Date Climbed: May 29, 2013

Tale of Two Days  Sucess!

With only Abol and Hunt trails open, I was hesitant. I am not very experienced on technical leaning trails or scrambles. Morning was beautiful as I went up Abol. The weather turned nasty as I hit the summit and on the advice of the ranger I went down the Hunt trail. Not sure that was great advice but I made it five rain soaked hours later. Still had to hike two miles back to the car. I want to do it again when other tails are open. This was number 8.

sredfern

sredfern - May 24, 2013 11:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010

Crew 63 Summits Katahdin  Sucess!

Summited with the heartiest members of my BSA Venture Crew including my son. Weather was good, and we summited mid morning. We considered crossing Knife Edge but weather forecast wasn't great and we decided not to chance it. Fantastic hike!

lutty11

lutty11 - Feb 17, 2013 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2013

Great Area

Great setting, tons of route options. Had to bail on summit attempt (Waterfall Gully) due to unstable snow. Get it Next time!

THalky

THalky - Jan 28, 2013 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

#14 - Best day in my highpointing adventures so far  Sucess!

Up Cathedral Ridge and down Knife's Edge.
Had more fun on this hike than any other. Weather was good, we had a day of rest in between, and the trails were more engaging; looking for the best way up or where to put your foot. Some adrenalin on knifes edge too. Especially when the fog started rolling in on one side of the edge.

xbaghat

xbaghat - Jan 20, 2013 11:07 am Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010

thirty-four  Sucess!

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Jimmy Rivers

Jimmy Rivers - Jan 4, 2013 6:01 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

Favorite day on a Northeastern mountain, maybe ever!  Sucess!

We had amazing weather on our end of summer tour of Northeast highpoints. This was my 14th state HP. We took the Cathedral Ridge trail up, and at the summit saw a few guys completing their AT hike. Then we continued on to the Knife Edge and Helen Taylor. 70 degrees weather, and just so much fun up there! I'll go back to Maine again....

captainbuuda

captainbuuda - Dec 24, 2012 1:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2012

The Beginning: Katahdin to the Dragon's Tooth  Sucess!

I had a beautiful day to summit. Other thru-hikers I knew spoke of horrendous rain, fog, and generally nasty weather on their summit of Katahdin. Not for me. It felt like God smiling on me giving me wind to cool me down and to dry things off after the rain from the night before. And the Knife Edge Route was actually less dangerous on a whole than my descent via the Hunt Trail/A.T.

marilou

marilou - Nov 29, 2012 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Windy Summit  Sucess!

My very first high point! Very windy at the summit, hence, the park rangers advised our group not to climb via the Knife's Edge.

ljbailey

ljbailey - Nov 16, 2012 11:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

what a mountain!  Sucess!

I went up with a group of 12, we ended up hiking in different groups according to our speed/strength.....I can't wait to attempt in the winter!

JimWallace

JimWallace - Oct 26, 2012 8:20 am Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2012

Winter Knife edge  Sucess!

A superb climb. We traversed down the knife edge from baxter to Pamola. 65 mph winds made for a hair raising hike. Definatelt one of the Northeasts US best peaks

BellaTerra

BellaTerra - Sep 26, 2012 1:19 am

Wow!

Cathedral ridge -> knife edge was a really fun climb and the views were fantastic!

highlandvillager

highlandvillager - Sep 24, 2012 1:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2012

Fun despite the warnings  Sucess!

We arrived at Roaring Brook to clearing weather after a severe storm, planning to ascend via Chimney Pond and Saddle trails and descend via Knife Edge and Helon Taylor. The ranger initially talked us out of hiking that day. Dry Brook was a raging torrent and temperatures were dropping. After some delay and discussion, we fortunately decided to hike up and evaluate conditions for ourselves as we went. We were rewarded with a very fun hike and scramble in good conditions with amazing views in every direction. Departing the summit with only about two hours of light left, we decided to skip the Knife Edge in favor of the route we had ascended. HP43

alexbuck

alexbuck - Sep 22, 2012 6:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2010

Great hike  Sucess!

Have climbed Katahdin several times, via many routes. It is a great stomping ground no matter the season.

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