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    1. Climbing Katahdin Early Summer 2008 Trip Proposal Matthew & Brian Plumb Troop 2

    3. Best Day Hike

    4. Intro to Katahdin The name give by the Native Americans was Kette-Adene meaning greatest or preeminent mountain. Since mountain is already in the name, it is not necessary to say Katahdin Mountain or Mt. Katahdin. Isolation is its charm (although still lots of visitors, park admission is limited daily). First recorded hike up was 162 yrs after Mt. Washington in NH was climbed, about the time of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Sixth highest mountain in the Northeast 13 ft shy of a mile high (5280ft), so a carne of rocks 13 high is on the summit! On the sides of Katahdin are four glacial cirques carved into the granite by alpine glaciers and in these cirques behind moraines and eskers are several picturesque ponds. Katahdin is one of the best sites to view glacial effects in the Eastern States. From the low lake country to the south and east, the mountain appears to be one of the tallest and most abrupt in the Appalachian Mountains.

    5. Intro to Katahdin Camping only allowed at campgrounds, these book up early. Written about (and climbed) by Thoreau, painted by Frederic Church (among many others) Start of the International AT

    6. Indian Lore Indian had a spiritual reverence of the mountain and would not climb it it was believed to be the home of the storm god Pamola. Their reverence grew out of the belief that all creation the natural elements, animals, people are all connected and infused with the same spirit. Katahdin, in their view, is where the earth met the sky, where the secular and divine converge, it is the origin of the great spirit. Katahdin, p.5 by John Neff

    7. General Plan Long weekend activity Leave Friday morning, 6am, arrive approximately noon. Set up camp. Hike is either Sat or Sun, depending on which day is better for the hike. Lite hike on Sat. if inclement weather. Start Katahdin hike early (5am). Return Monday.

    8. Hike Options Hunt Trail the classic route up the AT Abol Trail Chimney Pond Trail the summit via the knife edge. Could be determined by campsite location! Katahdin Stream CG Abol CG Daicey Pond CG Roaring Brook CG Chimney Pond CG Abol Bridge CG Most campgrounds open May 15, Chimney Pond opens June 1. Website: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/camping/index.html

    9. Logistics

    10. Planning Patrol 1: Secure campground, permits Prepare sign up sheets, pick dates, manage fees Hook up with Katahdin BSA to find out if there is anything they do to help scouts who travel to region. Patrol 2: Logistical support Tents, food planning/shopping, contingencies Patrol 3: Navigation and time planning Secure maps Identify interesting landmarks, geocaches (if any) Identify other opportunities in area to visit if time permits Patrol 4: Plan merit badge and advancement activities

    12. View Collection

    15. View from Summit (down to Chimney Pond)

    18. View from Daicey Pond

    21. Tableland

    24. Knife Edge

    25. Knife Edge Trail

    26. Knife Edge

    27. Some sights on the trail that leads to Pamola Caves

    29. Baxters Gift THIS TABLET IS PLACED HERE BY THE FOREST COMMISSIONER OF MAINE UNDER ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DATED MARCH 16, 1932 TO RECORD THE GIFT AND CONVEYANCE TO THE STATE ON MARCH 3, 1931 AND OCTOBER 7, 1931 BY PERCIVAL PROCTOR BAXTER, GOVERNOR 1921-1925, OF NINE SQUARE MILES OF LAND IN TOWNSHIP 3 RANGE 9 MT. KATAHDIN, WITHIN WHICH AREA ARE LOCATED THIS THE HIGHEST PEAK OF THE MOUNTAIN 5267 FT., NAMED BAXTER PEAK BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE LAWS OF MAINE 1931, SOUTH PEAK 5240 FT., PAMOLA PEAK 4902 FT., THE NORTH PEAKS 4734 FT. AND 4612 FT., THE KNIFE EDGE, THE CHIMNEY, THE TABLELAND, CHIMNEY POND 2914 FT., DRY POND 2799 FT., NORTH WEST PLATEAU 4401 FT., HARVEY RIDGE 4182 FT., HAMLEN PEAK 4751 FT., RUM MOUNTAIN 3361 FT. AND THE GREAT NORTH AND SOUTH BASINS. THIS GIFT WAS MADE UPON THE EXPRESS CONDITION THAT THE SAID TRACT SO DONATED AND CONVEYED "SHALL FOREVER BE USED FOR PUBLIC PARK AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES, SHALL FOREVER BE LEFT IN THE NATURAL WILD STATE, SHALL FOREVER BE KEPT AS A SANCTUARY FOR WILD BEASTS AND BIRDS, THAT NO ROADS OR WAYS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES SHALL HEREAFTER EVER BE CONSTRUCTED THEREIN OR THEREON," AND WAS SO ACCEPTED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE LAWS OF MAINE 1931 AND BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OCTOBER 7, 1931.