Awoke this morning at 5 am to the sweet sound of rain falling outside my bedroom window. Heading up today for the first of two backpacking trips that I am guiding to northern Maine. The rain should be done sometime this afternoon and bright weather should follow.
We’ll prepare this morning by lining our packs with large waterproof plastic bags that will hold our supplies for the week. Then pack covers will be slid over the whole units, with raincoats or ponchos covering the packs themselves.
Here’s the itinerary:
I’m particularly excited about our last day, where we plan to take the newly re-routed Abol Trail to the top of Katahdin. Abol was just reopened on July 1. It has been closed for the past two years, in order to reroute upper reaches of the trail, which was unsafe, due to large unstable boulders and rocks in the slide scar that was part of the old trail.
The Abol Trail was the first trail I ever walked up and down Katahdin, 46 years ago, on a week long adventure with Kevin Weir. If all goes well, it will be my 20th summit of Katahdin.
Stay tuned for blog posts and photos from a very special natural sanctuary that has truly captured my interest and unabiding focus for most of my life.