Photo Credit: Al Look

Trip Reports

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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Trip Report: Winter Ascent of Katahdin in 1960[April 16, 2012]

It had all the components of great drama. The trip was in serious jeopardy by the time we reached Bangor – from serious engine trouble in our car to heavy snowfall. We abandoned the car to continue by train. To get passage on the freight train to Millinocket was something of miracle. The stay of a few hours in the now-razed Great Northern Hotel cannot be replicated today obviously. The deep snow forced the turn-back near Avalanche Field of Elmer Woodworth's snow-machine;...

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Trip Report: Fishing at Katahdin Lake[August 1, 2011]

In late July 2011, I went on my annual Katahdin Lake fishing extravaganza. My usual fishing partner could not go this year so another friend came. He is not an angler, so there was less fishing and more sightseeing than usual. However, we did paddle around and I did catch and release a half dozen or more trout in my favorite fishing hole. We also saw five moose, a bald eagle (several times), a great blue heron, loons, terns, ravens, a variety of songbirds, bear scat, and a spectacular...

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