Ascent of Katahdin-South Peak on 2011-10-08

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Others in Party:Luiza Manceau
Myriam Chênevert
Brigitte Benoit
Date:Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Katahdin-South Peak
    Elevation:5260 ft / 1603 m

Ascent Trip Report

As we progressed on the Knife Edge, the day was passing by very quickly. I watched regularly where the mountain's shadow was hitting down in the Great Basin. I saw Chimney Pond get shrouded, then the ranger station, then the gazebo and crew house. I was feeling that we might get back to camp at darkness and was trying my best not to look impatient towards Luiza. She was actually doing very nice speed for the work involved and I admired her willpower. I could see that some spots required all her attention just to stay confident.

Soon though the south slope eased off and exposure was much lessened. Now we were going uphill again towards Katahdin South and it was quicker to navigate. From there, I could see that Brigitte was now reaching Katahdin. 15 minutes later, Philippe and Myriam joined her just as we reached the last 'peak' before the real summit. We were now all alone on the ridge having passed the last hikers going in the opposite direction.

From there we only had to cross a short distance before we would join the others.

The Knife Edge looking towards Chimney Peak and Pamola (photo by Myriam Chênevert).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:523 ft / 160 m
    Elevation Loss:103 ft / 32 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:523 ft / 160 m
    Extra Loss:43 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Knife Edge trail
    Trailhead:Somewhere on the Knife Edge  4780 ft / 1456 m
    Time Up:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:60 ft / 19 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0.1 km
    Route:Knife Edge trail
    Trailhead:Katahdin South's key col  5200 ft / 1584 m
    Time Down:10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Baxter State Park (October 2011) (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pamola Peak2011-10-08 a
2Chimney Peak2011-10-08 b
3Katahdin-South Peak2011-10-08 c
4Katahdin2011-10-08 d
5South Howe Peak2011-10-09 a
6Hamlin Peak2011-10-09 b
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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