Letting my expected finish date slip a couple weeks doesn’t pose much of a problem. Letting it slip much more than that could be a problem.
Mt. Katahdin is located in Baxter State Park. The park's rangers closely monitor the weather and will close the trail to the peak when conditions get dangerous.
The chances of that increase significantly after October 1. Chances of finishing after October 15 drop significantly.
Knowing this, Stick, Tengo and I realize we need to start earlier in the morning, then push harder to complete more miles per day. With that in mind, we started out this morning at 7:30.