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Mt. Katahdin - 9/30/00
Photos provided by Bob W.
by Keith DeBoer

Forget the White Mountains, if you haven't nailed Katahdin then you haven't yet bitten into the New England's juiciest hiking apple. This baby really lived up to its reputation for excitement and adventure.

The sacrificial offering of an old pair of hiking boots, burned at the stake at our full moon campfire, really seemed to pay off pay as the "weather gods" blessed us with clear skies and unseasonably warm temps the whole weekend. Our adventure began Saturday morning with a moderate but scenic 3.5 mile hike that took us through a forest of rainbow colors and virgin blue lakes. Arriving at Chimney Pond we looked straight up at the mouth of this monster glacial basin at the foot of Katahdin.

We then proceeded up the steep, cardio bomb of a trail they call Cathedral, and clawed our way up 2,300 vertical feet in just 1.75 miles. After "topping out" at Baxter Peak we played the role of the welcome wagon for "Wackie Jackie", a 60 year old female thru hiker who had just climbed her final AT peak. After lunch, and some "Wackie Jackie" tears of joy, and "striking a pose" next to the Katahdin trail sign we headed out on the second half of our 9 mile loop by tip toeing our way along the infamous Knife Edge trail. This 3-6 foot wide ridge grinds up and down like a angry snake over boulders and jagged rock for about a mile and offers a handy 2,000 feet of "over exposure" on both sides. Yikes! This one mile trail took almost 2 hours to complete despite our fearless leader, Hiker Bob, telling us that even if we fell off the trail it wasn't steep enough that we would die (yea thanks Bob that's very reassuring).

We then arrived at Pamola peak and picked up the Helon (Hee-lon)Taylor trail enjoying 3 hours of Chinese knee torture, as we descended 3,400 feet of rough rock, and landed our little tent village in the woods. After several minutes of heated discussion our friendly Ranger did manage to convince us that our $6 per night camping fee didn't include a massage or Jacuzzi we licked our wounds and went happily off to bed.

Next morning we arose in the predawn light and hobbled over to the nearby Sandy Stream Pond in hope of spotting the ever elusive "Bullwinkle the Moose". After an hour of watching the morning sun light up the glacial basin, Bullwinkle finally made a majestic but rather brief appearance (I think the TV show has really gone to his head).

We then had breakfast at the nearby "hikers only" diner in town and "blew that popstand" feeling fat and oh so satisfied.

Many thanks to our faithful trip leader, Mr. Bill, (that's Bob Williams to the rest of you) for his flawless orchestration of the whole adventure from start to finish. He was always there to offer guidance but never got in the way when we wanted to just be our own foolish selves. I hope everyone gets to experience the thrill of Katahdin real soon. See you on the trails.

Katahdin Adventure Guy Keith DeBoer


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Group Shot

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Knife Edge from Baxter Peak

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Another shot of Knife Edge

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Looking down from Baxter Peak.
Chimney Pond is 2300' below.

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The Cathedral 
from Chimney Pond

Mt. Major - 9/10/00
Photos by Dawn S.

Wonderful panorama

Go fly a kite!

Gayle, Don, Carleen, Martin, Patty, Dawn


Views from the top of Mt. Major

Beaver Brook - 9/9/00

Janet, Christine, Lexi, and Your Webmaster at Beaver Brook
Janet, Christine, Lexi, and I took time for a photo just before heading off to see the sights at the Beaver Brook Conservation Area in Hollis, NH.

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