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Matt Edwards - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2011

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Matthew Edwards
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 15, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 21st, 2011
End: Knife Edge/Roaring Brook/Millinocket
Trip Distance: 2,181.0

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The pinnacle of my 3 year hiking oddesey occured on the Solstice when I reached the summit of mount Katahdin! My original plan to camp at the stream campground 5 miles short fell apart when I reached the foot of the mountain at noon and felt the full magnitude of how close i was on a superb sunny day. Although it is probably a tough climb some 4000 feet up to the summit at 5268 feet, I really did not feel it at the time. As I approached the sign on the summit that marks the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail I was overcome by a mix of emotions. Mostly I wanted to keep hiking so after celebrating on the summit until after 4:30 I took the Knife Edge trail over the top and then down the Helon trail to Roaring Brook. It was definitely the most epic finish of the triple crown trails for me. Yes, Waterton Lake with Glacier National Park on one side and the Canadian Rockies above The Prince of Wales hotel and Waterton was spectacular but Katahdin is the 5,000 foot peak with the 15,000 foot view. The lakes of Maine are spread out all around and the alpine scenery and feel of the place is on par with anything I experienced on the CDT.. if only for a short time. I will post more soon but right now I will give you some pictures to look at that express what i am trying to relate much better than my meager writing skills can.


P.S, MANY Thanks to Trail Blazer's Mother, Annie, for helping us hikers with rides to and from the trail in Stratton and Monson. Thanks for the Oreos too! I noticed by the registers that Trail Blazer made a 58 mile day before he summited big K.. Amazing dude!

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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more:


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