Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
5Trip End Nov 25, 2012
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As we entered the park, we approached a weather board. Forecast was rain and wind, and had been in days prior and for days to come. Although not ideal, the bright side of things is that the rain kept Maine's legendary bug swarms at bay, I actually didn't see a bug my entire hike of Katahdin. We pulled into a ranger's station where we went in and signed in. The ranger looked at us with a serious look in her eyes, encouraging us to wait off the weather, but Phil seemed to think I'd be safe, and I trusted him. She said to definitely not take the Abol trail up; an extremely steep trail of primarily boulders. Phil however suggested the Abol, saying that they're all steep anyway until you make it to the ridge, and that Abol was the quickest route. The rangers disagreed, driving my asheville companions to take the safer route and it was here we parted ways.
Phil and I then drove to the Abol trailhead, where i signed in again for safety reasons at a ranger's station there. After walking down the steps, another ranger comes running out and encourages me not to go up. He says "I can't make you stay down, but i can heavily recommend that you do. The conditions are too bad, take a zero day or two here in Baxter until the weather clears up." He told me of the 40 man rescue team they had sent up a couple days prior, and told me to not hesitate turning back if the conditions were unsafe past the tree line. I looked over to Phil, who seemed to give me a reassuring you'll be fine look. He asked if I was sure I wanted to do this, we shook hands, said our goodbyes, and I began hiking day 1.