A troublesome climb makes conquering Katahdin a gratifying accomplishment

I stood beneath the massive, sloping rock, wanting virtually straight up. I used to be attempting to determine ascend, doubting whether or not my sneakers would offer enough grip.

My son William had already climbed up, with minimal problem. As I mustered the braveness to proceed, one other hiker, a person from the Czech Republic who we had spoken with earlier, approached from beneath.

I welcomed the idle banter and the prolonged breather, and he climbed up with no points. Earlier than I may proceed, two extra hikers emerged from the rocks.