Photo Credit: Adele Wise

Trip Reports

Autumn at Katahdin Lake[September 10, 2018]

In September, I stayed at Katahdin Lake with a couple of friends. Each day, we paddled the lake, sometimes through whitecaps, other times in flat calm, always beneath a canopy of magnificent clouds and overseen by Pamola lounging on Katahdin. Though there were others at the lean-tos, we saw no one else on the water. It felt extraordinary to have a big, wild Maine lake to ourselves. One day, we hiked to Martin Ponds where the leaves were just starting to turn seasonal reds and yellows....

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The Roof of Maine[June 2, 2018]

When me, my dad, my friend Molly, her dad and some other people in my family booked “lean-tos” at Roaring Brook Campground, I was psyched to go. This was my first ascent of Katahdin or any other big mountain like it. We started climbing the morning of August 21, 2017. We planned to climb up to Chimney Pond and then do Cathedral Trail to Baxter Peak and come back down in one day. That day was also the day of the solar eclipse. So we also planned on seeing the eclipse...

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A Changed Perspective[April 30, 2018]

Passing the Ranger cabin at Abol, firm gravel beneath my feet, and aware of a towering canopy of 100 foot tall pine trees ahead. They seemed a good metaphor for the immensity of human problems and struggles, a good metaphor for what I had been feeling.  When crises present themselves, it's easy to become stuck in darkness and lose hope, similar to having the warm sunlight blocked by the trees.  As quickly as that thought came, it floated on, replaced by a painful...

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A Trip Report in Time - Katahdin 1912[April 2, 2018]

Once in a while, the record of an astonishing climb of Katahdin is discovered, requiring one to stretch the usual rational possibilities to the limit. In June of 1912, three Colby College professors decided to climb Katahdin, took the train in Millinocket, and began their odyssey by walking all the way to the base of the Abol Slide in two days. They were guided only by a “diagram that Thoreau had made” after his 1846 partial ascent of the mountain and which they borrowed...

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