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East coast mountains get a bad rap. Rocky mountain dwellers are known to scoff at the older, lower elevation peaks of the Appalachians. Sure, climbing at ten thousand feet presents another level of difficulty that five thousand feet just can’t present. But you don’t need a math degree to know that no matter what trail you’re on, a twelve-hour hike is going to take twelve hours. Mount Katahdin boasts one of the best climbs that the east coast has to offer, even for you seasoned veterans of the Rocky Mountains. Leading up to the Hike My first summer in Maine, I thought more about sitting lakeside and eating lobster. Can you blame me? But we did make time for exploring the outdoors between our many rounds along the banks of Lake Saint George. Before I even stepped foot in Maine, Sarah had been asking me if I wanted to climb Katahdin.…

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