BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine - You can't always pick the best day for a climb, and that was the case Monday when I climbed this state's highest mountain, massive Katahdin.
It was raining when I left at 6:15 a.m. from the Roaring Brook trailhead. It stopped raining about 3 miles into the 5.5-mile, 3,700-foot climb to the top. But the thick clouds didn't budget, giving me visibility between 20 and 100 feet nearly the entire way up.
I'm glad I made the summit, for many reasons, some of which I'll talk about in my Monday column. But if you ever climb Katahdin, I wish you better weather.