Monday, June 16, 2008

UCSAR on Katahdin

The Professor, the "Bairn" and Heavy all went to do rescue cover at the park for the weekend. We summited on Katahdin Saturday, and explored the west side on Sunday. A good weekend.

Our Saturday expedition proved to us again the old RAFMRS adage that the only way to train for the hill is to go on the hill. Katahdin is a long, steep, high mountain, and even the fittest youngsters have a hard time summoning the stamina for the ascent.

The need for a lot of scrambling and climbing on almost every way up or down doesn't help. A serious mountain.

Thanks to Rob, Stewart, Katie and the other park staff and rangers for the hospitality. We'll be back.

(Actually, we have to go back soon since we left our gear trailer there. But we will return with more troops in the early fall as well.)