After being off the grid, summiting on Katahdin on May 30th and the subsequent 11 days in the 100 Mile Wilderness of Maine, we are finally at our first town stop in Monson, Maine at Shaw’s Boarding House, an Appalachian Trail tradition. The past 12 days have been like stepping into another world.
But we started on top of the world, at 5,269 feet on Mount Katahdin.
I have to say, I did not see Katahdin coming. For the first 3,000 feet it was just like any other mountain we’ve hiked. And then came the time to put away the trekking poles and climb.
These pictures are coming up and down the rocky ridge that leads to the tabletops that precede the final ascent to the peak. I didn’t know I was afraid of heights until we got up there. My breathing quickened and I had to keep my eyes trained to the next step, the next rock, the next potential move that seemed the very precipice of life and death. I was a bit beside myself.
Surprisingly to those who know him, Zach seemed not to have such scruples…
Despite the physical strain (including instances where you hold onto a metal bar attached to the rock and haul yourself up over the rock wall), the emotional trials, and the chill from the clouds on the peak, the mountain left us in awe. It really is the perfect terminus for this trail whether it be the first or the last peak you summit. A beautiful beginning and an appropriate warning for the challenges the hundred mile wilderness would throw at us.
But more on that soon.