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Ascent of Katahdin on 2014-07-21

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Katahdin
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:5268 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had to get up at 3am to get to the trailhead by 6:45. Only 7 spots remained on a Monday, so get a reservation prior to your trip! Fun climb, the Knife Edge is solid, maybe hard Class 2, easy Class 3, but obvious and not that exposed. Very much like a Sierra climb, lots of granite, some talus and scree, lots of the climb above treeline. Going down was a disappointment. The Saddle trail is literally a rockfall scar, loose and steep. After it eases, it is still a few miles of jumbles boulders and rocks. Hard on the ankles and knees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4588 ft / 1398 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4588 ft / 1397 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4588 ft / 1398 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3788 ft / 1154 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Loss on way in:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Helon-Taylor-Knife Edge
    Start Trailhead:Roaring Brook Campground  1480 ft / 451 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3788 ft / 1154 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Saddle Trail
    End Trailhead:Roaring Brook Campground  1480 ft / 451 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Katahdin

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Pamola Peak2014-07-21 
2Chimney Peak2014-07-21 
3Katahdin-South Peak2014-07-21 
4Katahdin2014-07-214588 ft / 1398 m
Total Trip Gain: 4588 ft / 1398 m    Total Trip Loss: 4588 ft / 1398 m



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