ITAÚ: Walking the Knife Edge

America’s famed 2200-mile Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin, Maine. Katahdin is not an especially high (1600 meters) or demanding mountain, but it does feature an aptly named summit route called the Knife Edge. Some years ago, a group of family and friends decided to summit Katahdin via the Knife Edge. Summit day came and, with it, lousy conditions of wind, rain and fog. As we made our approach we commented on how few other people we saw – less than a handful. The Knife Edge features a narrow (three foot wide) ridge traverse with sharp, steep drops on either side. After some adrenalin filled moments we made it safely across, summited and returned to our campsite. Safely down, we asked a park ranger why we didn’t see more people making the summit, to which he replied, “Climbing the Knife Edge under such conditions is not advisable.”

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