Ascent of Katahdin on 2011-08-13

Climber: Christopher Simpson

Others in Party:Michael Haglund
Heather Ball
Shawn MacCartney.
Date:Saturday, August 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:5268 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

Difficult hike up Cathedral. Very challenging. Very large boulders that needed to be worked up and around...borderline technical.

Started raining on the way down Saddle. Made things very slick and muddy. Rocks would easily slip away and down trail towards my mates. Not fun. Was very happy to reach less severe grade.

Need to bring more water next time as I really tore through it on the hike. By the time we got down to Chimney Pond I was out and very thirsty with a 3.3 mile hike out ahead of me.

At the end of the day, the mountain was beautiful however.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3768 ft / 1148 m
    Elevation Loss:3768 ft / 1148 m
    Distance:10.4 mi / 16.7 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Not quite as expected
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3768 ft / 1148 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Chimney Pond to Cathedral to Saddle Trails
    Trailhead:Roaring Brook Campground  1500 ft / 457 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3768 ft / 1148 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Saddle to Chimney Pond Trails
    Trailhead:Roaring Brook Campground  1500 ft / 457 m

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