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TECHNICAL CLIMBING

1.The leader must file a statement of winter climbing experience plus leadership experience. It will be the leader's responsibility to assure that each climbing party is under the leadership of a person whose abilities are adequate for the climb planned.

2. Climbing parties must have at least two persons on a team. All persons will register with the Ranger/Park Volunteer at Chimney Pond before any climb or hike. All technical climbers must leave Chimney Pond by 8 A.M. on the day of a technical climb. All winter climbers utilizing known trails to climb Mt. Katahdin must leave Chimney Pond by 9 A.M.

3. The following personal equipment will generally be required for technical climbing: a. The same as for Winter Camping, plus: b. Ice ax.
c. Crampons.
d. Helmet - required equipment for all technical climbers off marked trails above the treeline of Mt. Katahdin, and all climbers using Knife Edge (Knife Edge is considered a technical climb in the winter).
e. Flashlight or headlight.
f. One rope per two climbers - minimum of 120-foot 3/8" (9mm) rope designed for climbing.
g. One sleeping bag per two climbers for day trips.

NOTE: All Katahdin climbing parties are expected to return to Chimney Pond by 8 P.M. After 8 P.M. search and rescue procedures may be initiated. Negligent parties may be held responsible for the costs of search and rescue efforts.


Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, Me. 04462
(207) 723-5140

Baxter State Park - Baxter State Park is in the heart of Maine, with Mt. Katahdin as its crown jewel. Hiking, climbing and other recreational activities await you in Baxter State Park.

Winter Rules - The Baxter State Park Authority has developed a set of procedures and guidelines for winter use in an effort to assist Park users in planning trips to Baxter State Park, to promote safety of all persons using the Park and to protect the Baxter State Park Authority and its staff from unnecessary search and rescue efforts.

Day Use Regulations - No special permission is required for day use below tree line. However, in the interest of public safety we strongly discourage people from traveling alone in the winter; party size of at least 2 is strongly recommended, 3 or 4 is better! Day users are requested to check in and out at Park gates, volunteer registration points or Park Headquarters, by phone if more convenient. This is for the safety of users in the event of an accident or emergency and helps us keep statistics on Park use.

Technical Climbing - Get the latest in rules and regulations before you head out on a climb.

Winter Camping Regulations - Camping in the winter is not for everyone, so check this page before you venture out to the Park for a winter camping adventure.

Administrative Procedures Governing Winter Activities - The Baxter State Park Authority encourages winter use of the Park; but is vitally concerned with the safety of winter visitors. Users of the Park in the winter must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Park.

Recommendations For Winter Visitors - Food, not clothing, is the source of your heat, so a diet high in carbohydrates, along with some fats, is recommended. Dry foods, such as pasta, rice and powdered potatoes, cheeses, and freeze dried meals are good choices because of their light weight.

Alpine Skiing Regulations - Get the latest in rules and regulations before you head out on a climb.

Day Use Hiking Guide - Those of us who work for Baxter State Park cherish the land we manage and hope you will strive to respect both the land and its inhabitants during your visit here.

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