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#1 marsha

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:00 AM

I hope summer is finding everyone in good health and spirits. I accomplished one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. In my state we have a mountain called Mt. Katahdin, I have for years (prior to diagnosis) wanted to climb it.

 

This year I set out to do the unthinkable and climb the 5,600+ ft of it. I embarked on my adventure with my daughter (14), niece (13), nephew (27) and my sister-in-law.

 

I soon learned it was going to be a excruciating climb, and felt like giving up 1,000 times over. I hit my wall (the place where you try and convince yourself you CAN'T do it.)  I pushed through and I made it to Chimney pond 4 hours later, albeit chimney is only half way the base of the actual mountain. It is a 3.3 miles one-way Elevation gain  of 1,425 feet.

 

I thought that I would be disappointed to not reach the summit of Katahdin, but I'm not. I now have something to look forward to. I plan to keep hiking, maybe a new passion?! I'm not sure! If I can figure out how I will post pictures.

 

Have a wonderful day. :)

 

 



#2 miocean

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:09 PM

Hi Marsha,

 

GOOD FOR YOU!!

I have tried to climb Katahdin three times from three different trails. The first time was on the Katahdin Trail. We got to where there were huge boulders with metal rods in them to help get over them only the bottom ones were broken. I just could not lift myself up and over but it was a beautiful day and I enjoyed every bit of it, although I was disappointed. The next time was from the other side, I think the same side you went up. It was a hot day, we got a late start and there were black flies. Every time we stopped to catch our breath we were swarmed. We ran out if water and I had visions of my body being helicoptered off the mountain. We had to turn around with reaching the summit. I was very happy to get back to the car.

The last time was during a heat wave and we were at the Abol Trail. Rangers were telling us stories of people being helped down the mountain with heat exhaustion. You had to carry so much water with you it would weigh a ton. We were the only ones in the campground. It was too hot for fires, there was no water in the stream and we were covered with dust. I went a short distance up and gave up, my husband went further but came back down, we packed up camp and left!

SO I KNOW WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS IS!!

Another beautiful area of Baxter State Park is South Branch pond on the north side. I did climb The Traveler there and it is our favorite place in the park.

We also climbed Mount Kineo on Moosehead Lake and that was great, too. We were die hard campers in the past and spent summers in Maine.

Alas, I am now really a flatlander and the biggest hill I climb is the ramp to the boardwalk. I envy you your climbing and the beautiful state you live in. One day I will get to Acadia...

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:26 PM

Oh miocean,

 

If you ever come back this way please let me know, I would love to climb with you!! a fellow scleroderma'er!! 

 

I get to gaze at that beautiful rock every day, I am truly blessed



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:12 PM

Hi Marsha,

 

How fantastic; you must be feeling really pleased with yourself!! It's such an accomplishment!! :emoticons-clap:

 

Mt. Katahdin does sound the most beautiful place and it would be lovely to see some photos of your expedition. If you need help posting your photos, please do let me know!

 

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#5 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:57 AM

Good for you Marsha! It's so important to NOT give everything up to scleroderma, we need to hang on to what we can, for some its climbing a mountain for others it's as simple as maintaining personal appearance.

 

Take care.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:18 AM

Marsha, I am so very proud of you for attempting to climb a mountain!  You are an inspiration to us all.  And I'd love to see your photos!

 

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#7 marsha

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 01:17 PM

How does one post pictures?



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:10 PM

Hi Marsha,

 

I've posted instructions on uploading photos to the Photo Gallery in the Welcome: New Member Forum.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos when you've uploaded them! :)


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