Ascent of Katahdin 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
    Elevation:5268 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

It took us roughly 15 minutes of easy scrambling to finally reach Katahdin's summit from near Katahdin South. It was now 4:00pm. The others had been waiting for a while so we celebrated quickly. We took a few group pictures and ate a bit before setting off towards Table Lands. We would take Saddle trail all the way down to Chimney Pond.

There weren't any hikers up on the mountain anymore. We made our way down pretty quickly to the col where we found the intersection that leads into the rock chute serving as a trail. I didn't like the terrain at all and thought it was a perfect spot for injury. Philippe's background knee problem (he had torn a ligament a year ago) was a concern here so we tread very carefully. The first pitch was very steep and crumbly with fine pebbles forming uneven talus in some places. We were glad when we reached the first shrubs and the trail became less perilous. Shrubs were replaced by trees as we leveled off on the basin floor. We finally made it to the ranger station around 6:00pm. There we checked out and talked a few minutes with the ranger. Then Luiza and I had to go setup our lean-to while Philippe, Myriam, and Brigitte had to hike all the way down to Roaring Brook.

The evening was uneventful as we prepared for a clear sky night. We went to Chimney Pond so I could filter some water and watched the stars come up. Later on, I met our neighbors, fellow Quebecers, who were having trouble hanging their food up on the bear line. I lent them a carabiner and it did the trick. We spent some time chatting as the moon rose above Pamola's northern ridge. I realized it was almost 9:00pm and I was wearing only long underwear; the weather was definitely perfect.

I returned to the lean-to and we went to sleep. During the night, the wind picked up pretty strongly. We were well sheltered by some trees but we still got pelted by their needles and seeds due to all the shaking about. It was hard not to get awakened by the wind as it created a very strong rumble in the basin as it rushed down in it. Still, we did get a decent amount of sleep.

The Knife Edge seen from Baxter Peak (photo by Myriam Chênevert).

Group picture at the summit.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:183 ft / 55 m
    Elevation Loss:2469 ft / 751 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2, 3
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Exceptional Indian summer the whole time!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:134 ft / 41 m
    Extra Loss:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Knife Edge trail
    Trailhead:Katahdin South's key col  5200 ft / 1584 m
    Time Up:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2403 ft / 731 m
    Extra Gain:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Saddle trail
    Trailhead:Chimney Pond Lean-to's  2914 ft / 888 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 0 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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