|Looking over Chimney Pond at Baxter Peak and Knife Edge Ridge in the South Basin.|
Lucas, Cory and I arrived at the trail head at noon packed out sleds and started the lengthy approach. We thought we'd be hiking well into the dark, but parking in the wrong place meant that we'd cut hours off our hike to Roaring Brook. We stayed at the Roaring Brook cabin the first night and in the morning loading our packs to ginormous volumes and staggered up to Chimney Pond where we would stay for 3 nights at another cabin. I've winter camped many times and have to say that cabins are the best thing ever. The woodstove kept us warm and we had dry gloves and boots each morning! It was great having Rangers up there with us at Chimney Pond. They were super helpful with route information and it was a comforting feeling have someone keeping track of you when you're 25 kilometers from your car.
|Roaring Brook Bunkhouse.|
|Alpine starts on our way to the Cilley-Barber Route. It's in the background.|
|Cory leading the crux pitch of the Cilley-Barber - featuring giant jaws of ice.|
|Lucas and Cory|
|Pamola Peak beaming with light.|
|Descending in the sun.|
|Pre-dawn approach for the Waterfall Gully.|
|Lucas leading the first pitch of Waterfall Gully.|
|Seconding the crux pitch.|
|Traversing the Knife Edge Ridge. Dark clouds frame Baxter Peak in the distance.|
|Descending from Pamola Peak, looking at the huge granite face of the North Basin|
|Time to put the skis away. Gravel on the km to the car.|
Katahdin is wild mountain in the winter. Sure its a long approach and you have to get permits to climb -but don't let that deter you. If you're in the East and have a hankering for the mountains, Katahdin will give you a good fix. And its only a few hours from New Brunswick - adventure is close at hand.
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