CLIMBING MT. KATAHDIN


One summer day, Jim and I climbed Mount Katahdin. Join us now as we climb it one more time.

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We started at Roaring Brook Campground and hiked toward Chimney Pond until we came to the Helon Taylor Trail sign...





We hiked for quite a while through the woods until we finally got above the tree line...





As we climbed, we met a few other hikers admiring the view...





I talked Jim into sitting on a rock for me. I'm glad he didn't fall off, as it was a L-O-N-G drop!





He did so well on that rock, I asked him to sit on another rock for me (no, I didn't have a big life insurance policy on him!)...





I know what you're thinking! NO, this is NOT me behind Jim!! But this has to be the ORIGINAL "MOON" rock...





We stop to rest for a few minutes and get a shot of the two of us together...





The view is simply breathtaking, to say the least...





I'm tagging along looking at the different bushes...





Gee, we almost really ARE "walking on a cloud"...





The trail is steep all the way. We can see the trail ahead of us (the white "path") and realize it is a lot farther than it looks...





We stopped here because we heard an airplane somewhere. We looked up and searched the sky for it but couldn't find it. Finally Jim spotted it...WAY BELOW US over the pond! That was really weird...





There were small piles of rocks everywhere up there. I have no idea what the reason is for them...





Finally made it to the top of Pamola - 3.2 miles! I rest for a minute in triumph...





We can see the trail that goes toward Knife Edge but decide not to go there. It is cold and awfully windy...







As I zoom in on Knife Edge, I can see that there are people crossing it even though it is so windy. We call them crazy and head in the opposite direction...







We stop by a signpost to determine which trail we will take back down. Since the Dudley Trail was named after Leroy Dudley, my daughter's great-great-grandfather on her father's side, we decide to take that trail back down. If I had only known then...







I would like to go back, though, and visit Pamola Caves. If we ever do, though, we will hike up from Chimney Pond!...





We start back down the Dudley Trail by walking across this "field" of rock. Not too bad...





See the big rock on the left...believe it or not, it is about three feet thick and sticks out there for about 30 feet!! I wanted Jim to go sit on THAT one, but he declined...





We can see our next destination, Chimney Pond, directly below us!! Looks awfully small from up here...





This trail was HELL!! The rocks were HUGE and you had to be careful because if you didn't get from one rock to the next one below it, you would fall into these deep "crevices" and maybe never get out!! I had my sweat pants on by this time, and I wore the seat of them out sliding down these rocks..





Now we are through the worst of it and are back down to where green things grow again (thank GOD!!)...





OH WOW...BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL Chimney Pond. Oh, I'm so GLAD to be here. My legs hurt so bad from that climb down...



If I EVER AGAIN get to hankering to see the top of Katahdin....
I"M GONNA HIRE A PLANE!!!!!


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