Footpaths first big trip of the summer went off in a big way: From 40mph winds, to chest high ice cold river crossings, to mountain views looking out on panoramas of untouched wilderness, the 120 miles we covered in Northern Maine left us all deciding that yes we need more of this, and yes we do need Alaska! …maybe next summer!?!?!
Our ascent of Katahdin started things off with a 60 degree sunny day turning into a sleet storm with gusts of wind strong enough to knock us over. We spent only enough time on the summit to snap the required summit pictures and run, slip and stumble down the steep Hunt Trail to better conditions.
The AT out of the park continued the adventure as the west branch of the Penobscot had more than overflowed its banks flooding the trail, turning a mile and half of wetlands into a lake.
From Abol south, conditions improved a bit and the next 7 days passed in a blur of wilderness lakes, white blazes, stinky boots, backcountry camping, and steep mountains.
Our last night out, we experienced probably the biggest thunderstorm that I have ever been out in. (Yes, even louder than the storm on the first overnight of Exus 09’) Fortunately the tarps and tents were set up in time and we all stayed dry!
A special thanks to the AT SOBO’s who made our trip so much more fun and memorable. We wish you the best all the way to Springer… God Speed to: Nevada Bandana, True Grit / Howdy Hiker, Young and Old, Fern Toe, Jeremy, the Mohawks, Ed, and South Paul.
Congrats to Man Cub. Amazing job hiking the whole trail in under 90 days and being the first NOBO to summit!