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Re: [at-l] Katahdin Question
- Subject: Re: [at-l] Katahdin Question
- From: Bob C." <firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob C.)
- Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 21:47:14 -0400
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"...How about Maine in June, July, and August?" asks Kinnickinic.
I took the "winter" photo of Katahdin for the newspaper I used to work for on a
June 11 at Chimney Pond, elevation about 3,000 feet. About eight inches of snow
fell and temperatures were in the mid 20s. Such conditions are relatively rare,
but wise hikers will carry adequate gear for emergencies. We used the photo for
several years, mostly to illustrate stories about winter climbers getting into
trouble on the Katahdin headwalls. Eventually I got into winter camping and
summitting and took legitimate winter photos.
The months of July and August in Northern New England rarely have temperatures
that drop below freezing. But it can still get chilly on some late August
nights. It also can get uncomfortably warm, like 90 F.+ during the day and 70,
sometimes higher, at night.
The difference between Katahdin and the Whites is largely one of remoteness. If
you get into trouble in the Whites, an AMC hut or an escape trail is likely to
be nearby. On the high ridges of Maine escape is sometimes difficult or, sadly,
impossible as several deaths demonstrate.
Baxter Park keeps such tragedies to a minimum with its rigid rules. But
elsewhere in Maine you can hike wherever you want under whatever conditions
you may find. For the past few years, however, MATC has employed ridgerunners
at the base of Saddleback, on Bigelow and on the southern approach to Whitecap
to offer advice to hikers who appear in need of it.