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This is Day 4 of a 4-day hiking weekend in Vermont. I have reserved a campsite for 3 nights at the New Discovery State Campground. It has a fairly large lean-to and there is room for a small tent or too as well on the site. Maximum occupancy will be 6 more people per night, and the spaces are allocated to those participating in my hikes here only. The nightly cost will be split according to the number of people staying on a given night. There are a fair number of additional sites available at the same campground if we need more room.
Those wishing to spent a night/nights must let me know in the RSVP questions that come up when you RSVP! Additionally, if you are attending more than one of the hikes I am leading over this weekend, you must RSVP for each one in order to attend them.
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
It's time for me to work on finishing off the final peaks on my New England 4000-Footer List. For day 2, we will be doing a traverse of Mount Mansfield (New England 4000-Footer), the highest peak in Vermont with a large above-treeline section that promises opportunity for terrific views.
After leaving a car(s) at the Tramway Lot (meeting location above), we will drive a few minutes North to the trailhead for the Long Trail, our starting point. We will follow the Long Trail up to the ridge and across the various features of the Mansfield profile, most important of which is "The Chin" (the high point). We will continue down the ridge and descend via the Haselton Trail to the spotted car(s). On this trip we will hike approximately 6.5 miles and climb roughly 2800 feet. It should take approximately 4.75 hours to complete based on the "book time" formula. It might take us more time or less depending on trail conditions, but our pace is intended to be nominally "book time".
We may have to make a detour to Ben and Jerry's (their main location, not far away!) after the hike
I did my research using the GMC's Long Trail Guide, the GMC's Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont, and the internet. You are responsible for knowing and being comfortable with the route as well.
This hike is rated as intermediate due to the elevation gain involved and moderate due to the mileage.
We will leave the meeting location at 9:00AM sharp to drive to our starting point, so be at the trailhead by 8:45 or earlier to put boots on/gear up. I will email all participants with my phone number in advance. I may or may not have cell phone coverage at the trailhead, so please let me know by 8:15AM on hike day if you anticipate that you will be late. Otherwise, we will not wait for anyone that arrives after the start time.
Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.
Current conditions : http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/mountain/
Below is a list describing the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.
Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip. Please ask me if you have any questions regarding gear.
- Footwear: Proper, well-soled hiking or mountaineering boots with synthetic or wool socks with a spare pair in your pack.
- Hands and Head: A synthetic or wool cap that covers your ears and warm, non-cotton waterproof gloves.
- Clothing: Dress in layers with "wicking" synthetics next to the skin and wool or other synthetic over that if further insulation is desired. Also, it can be windy at the summit and it will typically be much colder at higher elevations so please be prepared. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON! While cotton is a great insulator when it's dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly conducts heat away from the body. Also consider bringing an extra layer in your pack just in case.
- Outerwear: Windproof/waterproof shell (with hood) as well as windproof/waterproof pants. A fleece pullover or similar insulating layer for the summit is recommended.
- Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks making sure you have plenty of salts and sugars, your choice of food for lunch, and pack extra just in case. Again, bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip (2-3 liters is what I suggest). Use at least two Nalgene bottles or a hydration bladder to carry your water. It's a good idea to have a hearty meal the night before followed by a good night's sleep. Also, try to begin the hike well hydrated.
- Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Minimal options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket (which packs small and weighs just ounces). A pad or some way to get off the ground is also highly recommended (though pine boughs can work).
- Other Essential Gear: Map and compass: don't just bring them, know how to use them. Also, a plastic whistle, headlamp with spare batteries (required, forget and you can't come), a first aid kit containing any medications you may need personally (please let me know if you have any applicable allergies, medical conditions, and special medications you may be carrying), a small knife or multipurpose tool, matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter, a toiletries kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items), sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, and a waterproof pack cover.
- Optional Items: Gaiters to keep rocks/mud out of your boots, stowable trekking poles (recommended) and camera.
The Meeting location is at the Mount Mansfield Gondola Parking Lot, off of Route 108 near Stowe, VT.
Any carpooling is each person’s responsibility to arrange. Use the comments section below to inquire.
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com