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Baxter State Park, ME October 6-12, 2020

 We had a rather windy trip to Baxter State Park, here are a few images of a very special place for many. 

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 We lucked out with lean-to reservations looping through some of the southern portions of the park.

  • Day 1- Base camp at Roaring Brook 
  • Day 2- Russell Pond
  • Day 3- Wassataquoik Island
  • Day4- Davis Pond
  • Day 5- Chimney Pond
  • Day 6- Chimney Pond (possible Katahdin summit)
  • Day 7- Return to Roaring Brook
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Outside of the Ranger Station at Russell Pond

 

 

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High winds on the northern shore of Wassataqoik Island

 

 

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Davis Pond

 

 

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Tundra of the Tablelands

 

 

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Our first shot to attempt Katahdin was stifled by an incoming storm. Unfortunately we had to hustle down the Saddle Trail to tree-line.  50mph wind gusts in the tablelands.

 

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The Mighty Katahdin and Knife-Edge

 By the time we got down to Chimney Pond, temperatures got up to a balmy 60°F. Thunder & lightning in the basin below Katahdin was incredible, shaking the ground & reverberating 10x as long as normal.  

 

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The following morning greeted us with snow, and temperatures somewhere around 18°F. Enough ice was about to halt our second attempt to summit Katahdin. With three rescues and two fatalities within the week, Pamola (the native God of the mountain) kindly recommended another time to do so.

 

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 Thanks for looking, and I sincerely hope you have a great day!

 

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Jealous you guys had such nice weather compared to me. That water crossing looks a lot lower than it was for me too ;)

Nice pics guys!

Beautiful photos

Beautiful pictures. I've backpacked there twice. I love it! That Ranger station at Russell Pond is a gorgeous spot.

Nice

November 30, 2020
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