Monday, September 26, 2016

Hazens Notch - Nobo 254

This post is from September 26, 2016.  The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:

 I woke up this morning with a swollen painful right ankle and I knew it was going to be a difficult day the 7 miles that I did were very slow and difficult and when I got to the dirt road which is Vermont route 58 I decided I needed to get off the trail and recover. Helen and I had already made plans to meet in Montgomery Center ( tonight for me to finish tomorrow.  This is a 6 mile ride from the trailhead. I was able to get a ride down with a couple of day hikers who had parked their car at the trailhead.  I only had to wait about 20 minutes which was not bad. Although my plans of finishing on September 27 have been foiled, it may all work out rather well.  My plan will be to recover and to come back and finish the remaining 20 miles as a pair of adjacent day hikes before the weather gets too cold. Here's a shot of the trail head at Hazen's notch Vermont.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mt. Belvedere summit - Nobo 247

This post is from September 25, 3016.  The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:

I made about 16.5 miles today some of the miles today were normal "AT" like mikes so I was able to take advantage of that. I am camped at about 3200 feet elevation tonight and it is supposed to be in the thirties in the valleys and could be much colder up here,I have just talked with Helen and when I get to the trail head in 13 miles which is 12 miles from Canada I am getting off for the night and meeting her at a nearby B&B. I hope to finish the trail on Tuesday with just a day pack on which will be a luxury.

These next two shots are from some of the terrain today:

Tonight's site was a last minute running out of light on top of a Mountain affair:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stealth camping on Laraway Mountain- Nobo 230

This post is from September 24, 2016  The GPS data from today's hike is recorded in two parts as I got off trail midday to pickup my food drop in Jeffersonville.  They can be found at:


Made it over and off of the very steep Whiteface  Mountain this morning starting at 7:15. At first it was cold but as I descended it warmed and the trail got easier. I made it to my food drop at Rte 15  and bought sandwiches for lunch, did laundry and took a shower. This service was provided by the Nyes Green Valley BNB ( for a modest charge. I was back on the trail hiking north by 1:45. I made a total of 15 miles today.

This is a shot of me from Prospect rock just North of route 15 and the Lamoille River.

Another of that valley:

Here is my campsite tonight:

And this is how I eat supper:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Whiteface Shelter - Nobo 215

This post is from September 23, 2016.  The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:

Only made 13.7 miles today. Crossing Mt. Mansfield in a cold driving rain was insane. Some of the trail there is dangerous in any conditions never mind those. There were narrow cliff edges with downward sloping smooth rock in the rain with lethal drop-offs of 60-70 feet! I was completely soaked with boots squishing out water by the time I descended to Smugglers Notch. Then another big ascent up here. I was too tired to find the tent platform so I just set up my sleeping bag in this 3 sided shelter. I am alone here- again.

There weren't pictures today because of the rain but I got these from the shelter tonight:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Twin brooks tent site - Nobo 201

IThis post is from September 22, 2016.  The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:

I I made about 17 miles today. The long trail continues to make me fight for every mile. There are just so few sections where you can just walk. It is either too steep or the footing too atrocious to make good progress. 

Anyway this morning I parked my truck at the trail head on route 2 in Bolton and made to my goal - this campsite - just before dark. With luck I won't see the truck again until next Tuesday night when Helen brings me back from the Canadian border.

Ego on top of Bolton Mountain -a 3500 foot vertical gain from the truck 10 miles back.

A view to the North of Mt. Mansfield which I cross tomorrow and where Helen and I honeymooned 42 years ago!

My campsite tonight. Note the tent platform. There is no one else at this campground tonight. Maybe things will be busier over the weekend. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Winooski River Bridge - Nobo 185

This post is from September 6, 2015.  The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:

Today was my first day back on the LT after leaving with injuries at Appalachian Gap.  I recovered from those injuries and tested out my hiking with a couple of NH four thousand footers (Passaconaway, Waumbek) in August and felt ready to go back to the trail.  I wanted to try a 20+ day without the load of the full pack so I slackpacked from Appalachian Gap today to Rte. 2 near Bolton.  I drove up to Waitsfield on Monday night the 5th and dropped my car at the Rte. 2 trailhead and got a local taxi to take me back to App Gap.  I got started hiking at 8am.  It turned out to be a 21.9 mile day and in typical LT fashion the trail was tough most of the way.  In addition to the challenging terrain I got stung by a bee ascending Mt. Ethan Allen and slipped and fell on wet, smooth steep rock descending Camel's Hump, despite my every attempt to avoid falling. I fell under control, though, and just landed on my left butt cheek, always protecting my right ankle.  I was very beat at the end of the 11+ hour non-stop day but I was uninjured.  Now, the next step is to return to Rte. 2 before the end September and backpack the remaining 80+ miles to Canada.

Here are some shots from today:

 Some steep stuff on Burnt Rock

 Approaching Camel's Hump from the South.

Summit of Camel's hump.
 View north from summit of Camel's Hump

  View west from summit of Camel's Hump.  Lake Champlain in near distance then Adirondacks in far distance.
 View to Southwest.
 View south over terrain I just came through today.
 Winooski River footbridge