Photo Credit: Billy Fay

Trip Reports

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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Trip Report: The Hike of a Lifetime[September 2, 2016]

I had made reservations to hike Katahdin via Davis Pond / Northwest Basin Trail in early June, but my plans were altered when the park informed that the trail was still closed due to snow. Instead the hike was rescheduled to September, which was exciting since it's my favorite time to hike. This was to be my friend Becca's first Katahdin ascent, and I prepared her for the trip in two ways, smaller backpacking trips at Baxter and informing her that I'll give her "The...

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Trip Report: 2016 Warm Winter Weekend[March 25, 2016]

The Eighth Annual Warm Winter Weekend was held at the New England Outdoor Center on Millinocket Lake from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday March 20, 2016. Anne Huntington, Dick Klain, and Howard Whitcomb coordinated arrangements with invaluable assistance from Sarah Holland. There were a record number of participants (28). The cost per person was in the neighborhood of $130 for one, two or three nights. This was comparable to the rate in recent years. As in the past there were...

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