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Bob Cummings atop Mount Katahdin.

How one man helped Maine win back public land from private companies

The story that would become reporter Bob Cummings’ legacy didn’t set his world on fire when White Nichols walked into the Bath Times office in the early 1960s with a story tip.
Mount Katahdin forms the backdrop for two horses in Patten.

Maine’s mountains focus of essay contest

FORT KENT, Maine – Maine’s inland mountains such as Katahdin, Bigelow, Moxie, Blue, Deboulie and Saddleback support hundreds of miles of hiking trails, camping opportunities and wildlife habitat providing countless recreational and sporting opportunities. Some in the state fear that those opportunities could be nothing more than memories if residents …

Katahdin: A winter wonderland, too

The first time I tried to climb Mount Katahdin in winter was March 2007.
View from the Abol Trail during a winter trip to climb Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in March 2011.

Taking on Mount Katahdin in the winter

BAXTER STATE PARK — By 1 p.m. it was decision time. The winter gusts were fierce and we didn’t want to leave the relative shelter of the boulders around us. Our chance of reaching Baxter Peak safely that day seemed rather slim. To continue on would have entailed a two-hour …
Hiker Steve Clendenning pauses on Mount Katahdin to enjoy the view during his 2,185-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Walking off their wars: Combat veterans through-hike the Appalachian Trail

MILLINOCKET | Kevin Reed once thought of himself as shy. His fear of rejection, he says, sat him back on his heels. He made you come to him, and when you did, he’d make sure you knew whenever he felt slighted. About anything. His relationships were messy — divorce, …
Rabbi Justin Goldstein gives a talk about his first ascent of Mt. Katahdin at a meeting of Temple Beth Israel's Friendship Club.  In the background is an original painting of Mt. Katahdin by Friendship Club member, Norman Stern.

Mount Katahdin never grows old

One sure sign of September in Maine is the appearance of Mt. Katahdin in the news. It is the time when many thru-hikers complete their 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail journey on top of Katahdin with champagne, cigars and stories to tell. This year, I heard a new kind of Katahdin story, …

Mount Katahdin: snowshoeing and sliding on Abol

On Sunday, Feb. 19, I woke up at 4 a.m. to travel to Millinocket and hike to Mount Katahdin with two fellow hikers, Adam MacDonald and Perry O’Brian, both of Bangor. Though I’ve hiked the mountain several times and in several different ways during the summer, I had never even …

Some trails reopened on Mount Katahdin

Baxter State Park officials say conditions on the hiking trails on the western slope of Mount Katahdin are now suitable for hiking.
Mount Katahdin is seen off the Golden Road recently

Mount Katahdin’s special place on the Appalachian Trail

Having been born and raised near Bangor, I grew up practically in the shadow of mile-high Mount Katahdin. I first climbed up to Baxter Peak in 1972, when I was 12, and I have stood on that iconic spot seven times. I have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and I …

Injured Baxter hiker rescued N.J. man, 3 others were on Katahdin

BAXTER STATE PARK – A New Jersey man was treated at a local hospital and then released Tuesday after falling from a rock face on Mount Katahdin on Monday and dislocating both shoulders. Vincent Jones, 56, was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital at 6 a.m. Tuesday after park rangers spent …

Rescue under way on Mount Katahdin

BAXTER STATE PARK – An injured man and his hiking party remained on Mount Katahdin on Monday night while rescuers attempted to reach the group after they called for help with a cell phone at 3 p.m., according to park director Buzz Caverly. The man, whose name was not released, …

Two hikers rescued on Mount Katahdin

BAXTER STATE PARK | When the call reporting an injured hiker came in Thursday, Campground Ranger Gardner Waldeier actually was farther up Mount Katahdin than the hiker was — and that was only Gardner’s first rescue of the day, his supervisor said Friday. Waldeier was among 22 rescuers who …
Eve Jordan, 20, left, and Aislinn Sarnacki, 22, hiking around a cairn on the Tablelands of Mount Katahdin. Photo courtesy of Derek Runnells

On Mount Katahdin, sharing a family tradition

“It’s been awhile since we’ve had newbies,” said my cousin Eve, 20, as she sat beside me in the pickup truck. We were headed back to camp from the Ledges — naturally occurring waterslides in Baxter State Park.
The Maine Geological Survey has published a new book on the geology of Baxter State Park, titled, ?A Guide to the Geology of Baxter State Park and Katahdin,? by Douglas W. Rankin and Dabney W. Caldwell. The new book has a number of new features, including two full-colored maps and a de-scription of five geology hikes in the park. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE MAINE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Maine Geological Survey publishes Baxter book

Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin have long been treasured for their wild beauty and the outdoor recreational opportunities they offer visitors.

Parsonsfield releases new song inspired by Mount Katahdin

PATTEN – Capping off a unique collaboration, the band, Parsonsfield, is releasing a new song written and recorded in the shadows of Mount Katahdin. Parsonsfield wrote the song, KTAADN, while staying at Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area, east of Baxter State Park in October. The song is the result …

Band Parsonsfield releases song inspired by Mount Katahdin

PATTEN, Maine — Capping off a unique collaboration, the band Parsonsfield will release a new song written and recorded in the shadows of Mount Katahdin. Parsonsfield wrote the song, “KTAADN,” while staying at Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area, east of Baxter State Park, in October. The song is the result …
A group of friends and family hiking down Abol Trail, Mount Katahdin.

Katahdin’s Abol Trail closed for 2014 season

Abol Trail, a popular hiking route up Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, is closed for the 2014 season due to landslide activity that would make hiking dangerous, park officials announced Thursday. “We’re most worried about having someone get hurt up there and not being able to help them,” said …
A day hiker takes in the view on the slopes of Mount Katahdin, elevation 5,270, the tallest mountain in Maine, as clouds blow by the ridgeline in 2006. Mount Katahdin is in Baxter State Park.

Baxter State Park opens some roads, fishing spots

A moderate winter has allowed Baxter State Park officials to gratify fishermen and fiddlehead gatherers by opening several park roads this week, Director Jensen Bissell said Friday. Most roads in the north end of the park and above the treelines leading to Mount Katahdin are …

Helicopter rescues 2 Vermont climbers on Mount Katahdin

BAXTER STATE PARK – A U.S. Army helicopter rescued two Vermont mountain climbers Friday after they spent a cold but not unbearable night on Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, ending an almost seven-hour search that involved park workers and two local search-and-rescue volunteer groups. Dustin Dearborn of Jeffersonville, Vt., …

Where in the woods am I? Mount Katahdin

By viewing the photos below, guess which Maine mountain I hiked on Friday with a group of enthusiastic teens (even in the drizzle and gloom). This time, you need to guess the mountain and the trail (or series of trails). This particular mountain is fairly popular, I’d say. The clouds …