Ascent of Katahdin on 2016-07-11

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Maried Blume
Mara Swapp
Judy Jacob
Philip Wickes
Katherine Wickes
Date:Monday, July 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:5268 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did a careful ascent of Katahdin via the Helon-Taylor/Knife Edge trails. I underestimated the steepness of the Knife Edge, it requires some careful climbing, some in our party were inexperienced, so it was slow going for us, though extremely fun (at least for me, I'm not sure about the rest of the party). As a result, we summitted Katahdin quite late, about 4:00 in the afternoon (and we started at 7:15 am!). Thus, we ended up descending the last mile in the dark (via the Saddle/Chimney Pond trails), though luckily, we had a few headlamps to help along the way. At one point I fell and lost my headlamp in a stream, and we searched for a few minutes before finding the headlamp again, otherwise it would have been hiking in total darkness. We didn't finish until nearly 10:15 pm. For about 5 days we had very sore quads and descended stairs very gingerly. Very beautiful hike, totally clear views all over, and nice breezes kept bugs to a minimum! State hp #42 for me!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3808 ft / 1160 m
    Elevation Loss:3808 ft / 1160 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3808 ft / 1160 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Helon-Taylor/Knife Edge
    Trailhead:Roaring Brook campground  1460 ft / 445 m
    Time Up:8 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3808 ft / 1160 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Saddle/Roaring Brook
    Trailhead:Roaring Brook campground  1460 ft / 445 m
    Time Down:5 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Katahdin

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pamola Peak2016-07-11
2Chimney Peak2016-07-11
3Katahdin-South Peak2016-07-11
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Walter Blume
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