There we laid down on the trail till sun up and now rejuvenated but little sleep my girlfriend and I start in. The traverse across Knife Edge is relatively tough and requires focus and agility. date.setHours(date.getHours() - 1); }

Donald MacGillis, 75, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, worked as an editor for the Berkshire Eagle and Boston Globe, where he served as the newspaper editorial writer and later its national politics editor, according to the Berkshire Eagle, which described MacGillis as a “passionate hiker.”. It all depends on which hiking route you plan to take.

Katahdin's Pamola Peak and Knife Edge, a narrow ridge between Pamola and Baxter Peaks, is seen in this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo. RELATED: Baxter State Park continues phased reopening of trails, campgrounds, RELATED: Baxter State Park Director wants to dis-Mount Katahdin, RELATED: Sypitkowski is the name, Baxter is his domain, RELATED: 'The Monument' sees slight increase in traffic, as it turns 3 years old. Some spots are as narrow as four feet, with 2,000-foot drops on either side. Mount Katahdin and the Knife Edge Trail. I highly recommend this hike, maybe a bit better than the Tuckerman’s Trail we had done 2 days earlier on Mt Washington, though they are all so different. He is survived by his wife Ingrid, son Alec MacGillis and Lucy MacGillis, according to the Berkshire Eagle.

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He knows our route but being nightime doesn’t send anyone to look for us. I lost a few toenails once it was all said and done, and was sunburned to a crisp. I always had great weather. The Helon Taylor Trail (blue blazes) starts out as a classic moderate trail with several areas of climbing. A 75-year-old man tumbled 50 feet, suffered a broken leg and endured a rainy night on Katahdin in Baxter State Park before rescuers airlifted him and his nephew to safety on Wednesday. }()); (function(){ I’ve hiked Kahtadin four times by 3 routes. A few years later now in our 40s I agree to my girlfriends wish to climb it. This was the third rescue on Mount Katahdin since the mountain opened on Wednesday, July 1. return val; At Baxter much of the time you cannot casually slide your schedule. The 75-year-old Massachusetts man was flown from the top of the mountain in critical condition after becoming lost and falling. if (cookieName.test(cookies[i])) { This is a great article.

The pair would have crossed most of the Knife Edge, a narrow, serrated ridge-top trail, to reach the 5,240-foot South Peak on the way to Baxter Peak. By providing your email address you consent, Hiker air-lifted from Katahdin dies of injuries sustained in fall. The 3.2-mile trail with 3,413 feet of elevation gain is rated as “very strenuous,” and it should not to be attempted in bad weather due to its level of exposure. if (cookieName.test(cookies[i])) { Have you ever hiked Mount Katahdin?

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They are equally scary, although Cathedral takes way more time to climb. Baxter State Park officials identified the hiker whose body was found last week at the summit of Mount Katahdin as a 27-year-old Maryland man. Over 400 Essential Things to See and Do! var cookies = document.cookie.split('; '); Our daily headlines email is delivered each morning. Yes! Donald MacGillis and his nephew Paul MacGillis, 25, set out to climb Katahdin on the Dudley Trail from Chimney Pond about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Baxter State Park. } At 12:30 a.m., Paul MacGillis spoke to Baxter State Park Chief Ranger Dan Rinard after contacting 911.

var cookieString = "MSPAN_Paywall_user=0; domain=. P.S. Reservations are held until only 7 a.m., so plan on arriving early and waiting in a line of cars during peak season. We woke up in our campsite near the park at 5:00, leaving at 5:30 to arrive around 6:00, then started our hike at about 7:15 and ended at about 4:40. © 2020 NEWS CENTER Maine. My wife and I have hiked every four thousand foot mountain in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. } } The beauty of Katahdin does, of course, make it a very popular destination. MacGillis and his 25-year-old nephew, Paul MacGillis, started up the Dudley Trail from Chimney Pond at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and then started across the Knife Edge trail, but lost the path around South Peak in the fog, rain and darkness, according to a release from Baxter State Park. During a break in the fog, the helicopter crew lowered a medic who helped rangers load the older hiker into a litter at about 10:30 a.m.

The crystal clear waters of Roaring Brook made for a great water source (treated) and we brought about 2.5 liters apiece. The view of the inner basin from the Knife Edge Trail on Mount Katahdin. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. }()); By submitting your email address you agree to our. I’ve been up the mountain twice, once via the Knife Edge. The Knife Edge is obscured by clouds on the left, the summit cliffs and chutes are obscured above the bowl in the distance. }; Crossing the Knife Edge and descending Cathedral makes it even tougher. "use strict"; Our daily headlines email is delivered each morning. If weather looks bad though turn around and head in. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. } Proper equipment, weather preparedness, and good decision-making are necessities. There are very steep ski routes off the summit when conditions are good.

Paul MacGillis, who suffered from hypothermia and exhaustion, was flown to Bangor International Airport before being brought to Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to the park. It’s the first death on Katahdin since at least the summer of 2017. He was an editorial writer and later served as national politics editor, according to the Eagle. Hikers are advised not to leave the ridge once they’ve started, and to traverse it in only one direction (due to its level of difficulty and the length of time it takes one-way). A UH60L Blackhawk landed atop the mountain at 3:44 p.m. and helped transport the body to Caribou Pit on the park’s southern border at 4 p.m. The Dudley Trail reopened recently after park officials closed it in 2016 for rerouting following a rock slide. Over the course of 8 strenuous miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain, you’ll reach the summit of Mount Katahdin and scale the iconic Knife Edge ridge. var val = 0;

The friends and family made these trips some of my favorite time spent anywhere. It’s definitely a very special, memorable trail. I grew up in the distant shadow of MT Katahdin. for (var i = 0; i < cookies.length; i++) {

var cookieName = new RegExp('MSPAN_Paywall_views_' + now.getMonth()); The first time we started at about 6 a.m. and returned by dusk. var cookieName = new RegExp('MSPAN_Paywall_views_' + now.getMonth()); Knife Edge on Mount Katahdin Press Herald file photo. Baxter State Park Rangers Mike Pounch and Jen Sinsabaugh responded to the call on foot around 12 p.m. Maine Forest Ranger Pilot Lincoln Mazzei and Rangers Shane Nichols and Scott Maddox responded by helicopter (UH-1H Huey) shortly after 3 p.m., with a short-haul to Abol Pit near the south end of the park. First 3 with a friend my hiking equal or more and at around 30 yrs old not hard, but challenging. Park Director Eben Sypitkowski said Tuesday there is no evidence of foul play in Bell’s death. A Katahdin hike is one of the most strenuous day hikes in New England. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries. But one state over and roughly 200 miles away, there stands a mountain that draws adventurers from all over to the rural back roads of Maine, the lush forests of Baxter State Park, and trails that are more like a game of rocky hopscotch.

Sure, but if you’re a typical type”B” person like me, for your own safety, be prepared for a long, intense day that you will be talking about long after you return home. A 13-year-old hiker from Holden was airlifted from the Abol Trail on Sunday evening after suffering a medical emergency. having done both Cathedral and Knife Edge, I would recommend either doing one or the other.

It took an agonizing 4 and now it’s 8pm and I know we aren’t going to make it.

… If you weren’t digging deeper, Don would let you know it,” Kevin Moran, The Eagle’s executive editor, told the newspaper. A request for comment sent to MacGillis wasn’t immediately returned Thursday. He or she will have the best insight on the daily weather and trail conditions.

Crossing the narrow arete after (or before depending) Pomola is the hardest part requiring some rock climbing and balance ability. I had done knife edge twice both ways in a single previous hike. After lunch, we departed Baxter Peak and returned to Roaring Brook via the Saddle and Chimney Pond trails. From Pamola Peak, the hike begins with a steep descent down jagged boulders, followed by an equally steep ascent — more of a tactical climb than hiking, really — before flattening out into a narrow, rolling ridge of rocks.

It’s the second death on the mountain in as many days. It is possible to hike in the opposite direction; although the chimney at Pamola Peak seemed like it would’ve been very difficult from the opposite direction, there was a mother-son duo that were doing just that as we arrived. }()); (function(){ Be prepared.

Reading a book about the AT and investigating Knife Edge. Nothing beats the view from that summit that I can think of in the NE USA or Atlantic Canada. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Susan Collins wins political fight of her career, beating Sara Gideon to take 5th term, Joe Biden wins 3 of 4 electors in Maine, but Trump wins 2nd District, Susan Collins poised to win 5th term after opening wide lead on Sara Gideon, Janet Mills orders Mainers to wear face coverings in public spaces, Bangor restaurant worker might have spread hepatitis to customers, Maine Democrats oust top GOP lawmaker as Republicans erode House majority in mixed election, Bangor didn’t count more than 1,500 ballots on election night, Proudly powered by Newspack by Automattic. It took us around 10 hours, including a 30 min or so lunch at the top.

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