Katahdin Climber's Log

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bidwelldk

bidwelldk - Sep 14, 2006 7:34 pm

Route 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.

IamLubos

IamLubos - Sep 12, 2006 4:53 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Last NE HP!  Sucess!

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.

moneal

moneal - Aug 15, 2006 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006

Helon Taylor / Knife's Edge / Hunt Trail  Sucess!

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!

pingzingr

pingzingr - Aug 13, 2006 8:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006

Helon Taylor / Knife's Edge / Saddle Trail  Sucess!

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.

rasgoat

rasgoat - Aug 6, 2006 9:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

one of the best n.e. summits!  Sucess!

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!!!

musicmountain

musicmountain - Aug 2, 2006 12:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2005

cathedral  Sucess!

great mountain

woodstrider

woodstrider - Jul 27, 2006 10:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2006

Maine's Highpoint  Sucess!

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.

TLP

TLP - Jul 21, 2006 2:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2006

Best in the NorthEast!  Sucess!

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!

Ilafan

Ilafan - Jul 21, 2006 1:30 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Simply the best in New England  Sucess!

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!

royswkr - Jul 3, 2006 8:17 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 1975

Up Abol Slide  Sucess!

Visited Hamlin, North, Baxter, and South peaks in fog

EManBevHills

EManBevHills - Jun 16, 2006 1:06 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 1983

30th B'Day  Sucess!

Great place to be.....

RyanS

RyanS - May 29, 2006 8:17 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2006

Abol Trail  Sucess!

The Baxter Park rangers were only allowing access via the Abol Trail, making us commit to returning via our ascent route. There were clouds from Tableland Flats and above, but the weather remained relatively warm, even on the summit. This was an unrelenting climb up the rock gully! It took me by surprise.

injektilo

injektilo - Mar 25, 2006 3:26 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2005

Route: Dudley and Knife Edge  Sucess!

Katahdin is amazing. Had perfect weather for a knife edge traverse. The moment you crest Pamola and the ridge comes into view is impossible to describe. I plan to return often.

Enapai

Enapai - Mar 22, 2006 4:24 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 1999

Route Climbed: Up the Knifes Edge / Down into South Basin  Sucess!

Maybe longest day of hiking I have ever had and certainly the scariest. I led a group of 10 teeenagers up the mountain. It was sunny to start the day, but clouds began rolling in from the west as the morning continued. Crossed the knife's edge in complete fog (cloud cover) and got to the top of South Peak in the middle of a raging thuderstorm! Only we really were IN the thunderstorm. Try finding cover in a bunch of boulders. In a brief lull we ran over to Baxter Peak (Katahdin) and down into the south basin. No views what-so-ever. Oh well. At the least the ranger was surprised at how quick we made the loop.

redmond - Mar 18, 2006 4:35 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2004

Route Climbed: Cathedral  Sucess!

Longest day of climbing ever but it was worth it, although we had to scramble quickly down the Saddle trail because of a thunderstorm. This was the first real mountain I climbed, truly awesome.

koz

koz - Jan 2, 2006 11:06 pm

Route Climbed: Abol Date Climbed: September 21, 1995  Sucess!

First highpoint; at least first one I paid attention to. Ran out of water on the ascent, partner was ill-equipped, but the bug bit us. Both of us are avid highpointers now - and much better prepared!

Michel C

Michel C - Nov 27, 2005 11:24 pm

Route Climbed: Knife Edge Date Climbed: Fall 1987  Sucess!

It's a must do.. We did approx. 8 hour drive to get there..

Big Skies 808

Big Skies 808 - Nov 19, 2005 7:19 pm

Route Climbed: Appalachian Trail Date Climbed: July 3, 2002  Sucess!

Wow. This was my first big mountain climb. The temperature was above 100 degrees, hot as hell. I got ridiculously dehydrated and was sick for a couple days. This mountain is a beast and deserves respect. I will go back again.

Livelife4Summits

Livelife4Summits - Nov 8, 2005 2:24 am

Route Climbed: Helon Taylor to Knife Edge to Saddle Date Climbed: August 15th, 2004  Sucess!

I was losing my mind in NYC so I took off work for a few days and started driving. Left NYC at 4pm in the afternoon, and I was by the gate in Baxter at 4 am, just in time to have breakfast and wait to get in and climb. I was one of the first early parties on the summit that day and we had a terrific view. After 12pm, clouds started rolling and visibility deterioriated for those that where there. One of the best climbs in the Northeast, by far worth the long drive.

Seth Maciejowski

Seth Maciejowski - Oct 14, 2005 5:11 pm

Route Climbed: Cathedral Gully Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!

Went up the leftmost gully in the saddle basin which is about AI1 neve snow typically in march. A nice hike with a descent down the Hamlin Ridge which is a gem of a trail.

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