3 Helicopter Rescues in June on Katahdin

There have been two helicopter rescues on Katahdin in two weeks.

On June 23, 2014, a 60 year old man was airlifted by the Maine National Guard after falling 20 feet on the Dudley Trail.

On June 12, 2014, a helicopter rescued a 23-year old man on Chimney Pond via a medevac hoist system after the helicopter could not land.

Maine National Guard officials said they normally only have three rescues among all parks in the state during the summer including Acadia National Park and the Appalachian Trail.

On June 3 a hiker was rescued on the Wassataquoik Stream Trail near Roaring Brook.


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Baxter Closes Katahdin’s Abol Trail For Season Following Rock Slide

Baxter State Park has closed Katahdin’s Abol Trail for the season because of a rock slide.


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Maine Memorial Plans to Carry Stones To Katahdin Summit on Memorial Day 2014

The Maine Memorial project plans to carry stones with the names of service men from Maine who have fallen since 9/11 to the top of Katahdin on Memorial Day 2014.
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Moose on the Loose on Maine I-95 Viral Video on Jimmy Kimmel


Jimmy Kimmel had this hilarious video of a moose running on I-95 in Maine.


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A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin Exhibit at University of New England


A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin is on display at the University of New England at Portland through October 27.
Per its description.

The mix of work in the UNE exhibition is impressive. Contemporary painters are well represented and make up the bulk of the show, but the exhibition also includes paintings by a large number of 19th- and early-20th century painters such as James Fitzgerald, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Day and George Hallowell.

There are glass renderings, comical drawings, photographs, views of the mountain from many vantage points, and scenes from across the Katahdin region in all seasons.


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Maine Sublime Exhibit of Frederic Edwin Church Paintings of Katahdin in the 1850s


An exhibit of paintings entitled “Maine Sublime” that feature paintings of Katahdin is in a much discussed display at Olana.

The paintings are by Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. Per the exhibit description:

The artist first journeyed to Maine in the summer of 1850 spending six weeks on Mount Desert exploring the coast, its rocky Islands, and peaceful harbors. He sketched the scenery which he described as “magnificent both land and seaward,” capturing the splendid sky effects in Sunset Bar Harbor, 1854. In 1852 he trekked inland focusing on the area of Mount Katahdin. Over the next decades Church continued to visit Maine capturing sensational sunsets, robust crashing waves, impressive peaks, and an abundance of wilderness.

Wilmerding’s analysis of the paintings inspired by Maine reveals Church as both a public and private artist. “The work done in Maine during the 1850s and early 1860s, primarily at Mount Desert, embodied sentiments of increasing national strife, in symbolic and suggestive ways, while the career of the later 1860s and 1870s was devoted more to his personal time in inland Maine around Mount Katahdin,” explains Wilmerding. Featured in the exhibition is Twilight, A Sketch, 1858 the study for Church’s great masterpiece Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860 (Cleveland Museum of Art), which reflects the tensions surrounding the impending Civil War. Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895 on loan from the Portland Museum was the artist’s last major Maine canvas and a birthday gift to his wife— a work of great personal significance that both enhances the exhibition and directly relates to the artist’s life at Olana.

Book on the exhibit
New York Time article
NPR Profile (with audio)
Google Images of Church Katahdin Paintings


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‘Katahdin Drowning’ Murder Mystery by Janet Morgan


Author Janet Morgan has written a murder mystery set in Baxter State Park entitled Katahdin Drowning.

The plot line follows librarian Jessie Tyler after she finds a body floating in Katahdin Stream. She of course investigates and finds out what happened.

'Katahdin Drowning' author speaks at library | Wiscasset Newspaper.

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A pregnant woman and her friend got lost hiking and were rescued only to drown hours later in car accident – NYPOST.com

Here’s a sad and bizarre story of Amy Stiner, 37, of Machias, and Melissa Moyer, 38, of Sunbury, Pa., who got lost at Roque Bluffs State Park in Maine and were rescued. Later on the same day they got lost in the fog and rain and rode down a road which ended in a boat ramp and drown along with their dog.

A pregnant woman and her friend got lost hiking and were rescued only to drown hours later in car accident – NYPOST.com.


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Katahdin airlifted after rock gives way on Hunt Trail

Ned Hamara was airlifted from 3,900 feet on Katahdin after being hit on the head with a rock on Monday, July 1 after he grabbed a rock on the Hunt Trail.
Katahdin hiker hit by falling rock | wcsh6.com.


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Millinocket named Maine’s 3rd Appalachian Trail Community

Millinocket is excited Maine’s 3rd Appalachian Trail Community — meaning it’s on the official map.
Millinocket named Maine’s 3rd Appalachian Trail Community — Penobscot — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine.
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