|partial view of Katahdin|
The first part of the 5.2 mile climb went fairly well. We moved along quickly. It got a lot tougher in the boulder section where my lack of flexibility and nervousness of falling slowed us down a bit. There were 3 or 4 parts were I was worried (really worried) especially thinking about coming back down. At the "Gateway" we got moving faster but then it got really tough again.
We finally reached the plateau after spending about 1 hour covering the final mile to the "table land".
Neither of us had any problems with the slide, it was slow but methodical and we just kept steady progress. We hit the bottom of the slide and jogged the last mile out to the road. Then we just had another 2.5 miles to get back to the car. In all it took us 5:11 to do the entire loop. 2:33 up, 10 minutes on top, 2:03 to come down the Abol slide trail, and 25 minutes to run the road back to the trailhead. This was Eric's 30th state high point!