Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Hiking the Fabled Knife Edge Trail

Fellow Knife Edge Hiking Colleagues and Outdoor Adventurers:

A film festival will soon be held, including a category for short documentary films. Given, I am still enthralled with our Knife Edge accomplishments, I have decided to submit a documentary of our Knife Edge Trail experience.

The below 30-minute video has many pictures and videos you have never seen. When I did my original video, it was seven-minutes and did not include any of the return hike after we reached Baxter Peak and only a few of the videos and pictures of us reaching the Knife Edge Trail start.

I suggest you sit your friends and family down, make some popcorn, gather your favorite drink, and together watch this draft of the Knife Edge documentary.  Please send me your comments on the video.

I plan to submit the video by April 15th.

Here is the 50-second Trailer I developed to promote the half-hour "Hiking the Fabled Knife Edge Trail."


Here is the half-hour film.  



------------------------------Intro Narrative----------------------------

I present the Knife Edge Trail, a 15-hour and 11-mile hike, followed by the trail mapping that took months to decide. Five friends and I will take you with us, share the Knife Edge experience, and then discuss the planning.

We planned a long day of hiking, only to find a day and evening of climbing. The plan seemed relatively straightforward:
  1. Hike to Baxter Peak, the northern terminus of the 2,162 mile Appalachian Trail (AT).
  2. Cross the fabled 1.1 mile Knife Edge Trail.
  3. Hike five miles on the AT starting at its northern beginning at Baxter Peak.
A footpath by the loosest of definitions, the ridge-jagged Knife Edge can be as narrow as the width of your laptop computer screen with thousand-foot drop-offs on both sides of the ridge. The 1.1-mile Knife Edge Trail in Baxter State Park, Maine, is often described as the most dangerous trail in New England. The crossing was a two-hour scramble, balancing act, crawling, scooting on our buts, while on a peaked rock-strewn ridge stretching from Pamola Peak across Chimney Peak (4902 feet) and South Peak to Baxter Peak (5267 feet) on Mt Katahdin. Baxter Peak is the northern start of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail.

You cannot drive or paddle to reach the Knife Edge Trail. First, it takes a 7-hour uphill hike from Roaring Brook campground to Chimney Peak to get to the beginning of the notorious and legendary Knife Edge Trail. Next, after a two hours hike described above, you finally arrive at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Mt Katahdin's Baxter Peak. And remember, what goes up a mountain, must come down. After reaching your Baxter Peak goal via the Knife Edge Trail, you now must hike down five miles on Mt Katahdin's Appalachian Trail in more treacherous ridge terrain for six hours to return to the Katahdin Stream Campground.

Be prepared to close your eyes if you are severely afraid of heights.

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