We (my husband and I) planned our whole New England trip around summiting Mt Katahdin. We had only one day to do this as we had our whole trip and lodging planned thru out New England for the week. We had hoped the weather would be good for our hike. However, it poured rain the night before and was still misting rain the next morning, the day of our hike. I had researched and thought the rangers would not "let" us hike with the rain, but they just told us the weather forecast which was 89 mph gusts at the summit. But we decided to see what we could do. We had planned on the Abol trail. We are in our mid 50's but we had really trained for this climb with spin classes, I'm an avid runner (5K's), trained with Jacob's Ladder at the gym to simulate rock climbing, and did our usual hiking since we are avid day hikers. Only two others were hiking this day on this trail. We got about 2/3rd s of the way up and knew it was time to turn back when 40 mph wind gusts knocked us down. The other men turned around at the same time. You could only see about 100 feet in front of you due to the weather-low misty clouds. Although disappointing not to summit, it was a great accomplishment to get as high as we did in those conditions. The training was worth it. We felt like we could have easily summated if the weather had cooperated. We plan to return next year, earlier in the season, to accomplish this goal.
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