13 responses

  1. Guthook
    August 22, 2011

    Sweet! I can't think of any mountain that is as awe-inspiring as Katahdin. Even the presidential range, as far as I'm concerned, pales in comparison. I'm glad you made the trip.

  2. Earlylite
    August 22, 2011

    I need to go back and hike it again, the sub-peaks, the knife edge, and some of the surrounding peaks. The Owl, for example, looks like a terrific climb. I agree with you. Katadhin is even nicer than the Franconia Ridge Trail, which is probably the most scenic walk in the Whites.

    The back story is that I couldn't find the Golden Road and Abol Bridge, so I drove into Baxter instead and bagged the 15 AT miles in the park including Katahdin. By then, I'd figured out how to get to Abol so I could hike down into the Wilderness and finish my last 26 miles there, too. Trip report in progress. Met some really nice thru-hikers and had a wonderful trip.

  3. Bryce
    August 22, 2011

    Katadhin is no joke…I can't recall the exact trail we took, it was supposed to be more challenging that another, and boy was it. It was a vertical rock scramble the entire way. Kicked my butt! Great pics!


  4. DripDry
    August 22, 2011

    Very jealous- but my goal is to do Katahdin "last" so it will be a number of years before I see the summit!

    Off with RevLee to do the Smokies in September to start plugging the "hole" in our trip.

  5. JJ Mathes
    August 22, 2011

    Nice photo Phillip…I'm hoping to be up there next year on final section hike to complete the AT. After that I can go back a re-hike some of my favorite sections.

    What sections are left for you to complete the AT?

  6. Earlylite
    August 22, 2011

    Hey JJ – I've got a hard 75 mile stretch left in Southern Maine, and then everything from the Delaware Water Gap in NJ to Springer Mountain left. I'm hoping to do another long section this spring to help move things along. Lots of places I want to hike besides the AT though, even though it keeps drawing me back.

  7. JJ Mathes
    August 22, 2011

    I have from Springer Mtn GA up to Great Barrington MA finished, hoping to finished the remaining MA, VT, NH ME next year. Yeah there are a lot of other trails I want to hike too, but I've set my sites on finishing the AT first.

  8. Cass
    August 23, 2011

    My group and I hiked Katahdin via the Hunt Trail the day before you apparently! We had a bit more sun for the summit but caught the afternoon thundershower with a few miles left to go on our descent. I grew up hiking in the Whites, but Katahdin blew me away. Our trip Sunday (and now this blog!) makes me want to consider section hiking the AT. Hope to catch your talk at the Boston REI in September!

  9. Earlylite
    August 23, 2011

    Cool – it's worth doing. Come say hi to me at the talk. I love meeting readers at these events.

  10. Eric kampmann
    August 24, 2011

    Just curious; what was the date of your climb? I did the climb on August 3rd. Your pictures bring it all back. Eric know as Pilgrim67

  11. Earlylite
    August 24, 2011

    I think it was Monday August 15th – I kind of forget about calendar dates and days of week when I go backpacking. Sounds like we missed each other.

  12. KGW, MA
    September 21, 2011

    We hiked it on Friday the 19th! It was the hardest thing I've ever done! Took ME 15 hours round trip, with legs that wanted to stop working on me…. but I did it! Good luck on finishing the AT!

  13. Kirby Krieger
    July 29, 2013

    Hi Phil. Thanks for the report. I’m climbing Katahdin in two weeks with my sister, her family, my brother, and our Dad. Cheers! Kirby.

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