(Final Katahdin post. I promise.)
We were meant to summit on Sunday, the 23rd, as it was supposed to have better weather and complete clarity. So, we hiked to the base of the mountain to set up for the day and just wait until the morning, when we saw that cloud on the summit completely dissipate on the way to our tentsites, so on a complete last-minute whim - we went for it. We didn't know what the top had in store. When we came down a park ranger told us it was a weather anomaly - it hadn't been that brutal all season long, even on cloudy days. It was perfectly clear at the top, but accompanied by 35 mph gushing winds and a temperature of 20F! I went up there in my tie-dye t-shirt and my little hoochie flamingo shorts. Luckily I had packed my fleece and leggings. For months I thought I'd stay at the top for an hour or more, taking in the whole experience at the finish line. It was so agonizing, we spent a maximum of 10 minutes at the top. Pics are in order:
1) #MtKatahdin as seen from Abol Bridge at 7AM
2) @rebecca.harnish heading to the ledges. We thought the top of this was the summit. We were so stupid 🤦🏻♂️
3) The view of the summit from The Gateway
4) "The Idiots" running to the top
5) @austincolelambert_jinx running for his life down the mountain, back to The Gateway
6) We descended down the Abol Slide Trail. Shorter, but way steeper. SO worth it!