Injured hiker airlifted off Knife Edge on Katahdin
A 31-year-old Maine woman was rescued by Baxter State Park and Maine Forest Rangers after suffering an unstable lower leg injury on the Knife Edge of Katahdin on July 3.
Baxter State Park Rangers Mike Pounch and Jen Sinsabaugh responded to the call on foot around noon. Maine Forest Ranger Pilot Lincoln Mazzei and Rangers Shane Nichols and Scott Maddox supported by helicopter (UH-1H Huey) shortly after 3 p.m., with a short-haul to Abol Pit near the south end of the Park. A Millinocket Fire Department ambulance then transported the patient to Millinocket Regional Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
“This rescue went smoothly due to the consummate professionalism of the Maine Forest Service, Millinocket Fire and our own rangers,” said Park Director Eben Sypitkowski.
A Katahdin hike is one of the most strenuous day hikes in New England. This was the third rescue on Katahdin since the mountain opened on Wednesday, July 1. Baxter Park reminds hikers that safety is their responsibility and to be well-prepared physically and mentally for this rugged climb.