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Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 19.10.2017

The mist was blowing cold as we stepped out of the ski patrol hut early in the morning on top of Bromley mountain. Today we skipped breakfast and hiked the last 3 miles from Bromley Mountain to Vermont Hwy 11 so we could have pancakes at Bob’s Diner. After seeing rubber sap collecting hoses strung through maple trees. I had to have  real maple syrup. We had completed 112 trail miles. I had completed a few more given a couple of wrong turns and some intentional side hikes. We did...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 18.10.2017

Getting ready for bed in the Ski Patrol Hut on top of Bromley Mountain. This is a very cool spot to spend the night with an open area at the top of a ski resort. There are the top of ski lifts all around. Great sunset, but the best part is stepping out the door into the windy night sky. I can see Manchester Center twinkling below. The Whites (White Mountains) can be seen in the distance just east of north. Today I had a close call on Baker...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 18.10.2017

It was a 14.9 mile day from Minerva Hinchey Shelter to Lost Pond Shelter. This was after adding 1.7 miles to our original plan. The major climbs were over early in the day, but we still had typical Vermont rocky trails which I really feel on the bottom of my feet. By the end of the day the trail became friendlier (less rocks). We had some beautiful lakes. Including this one where I ate a hot cooked macaroni and cheese lunch in the gorgeous Little Rock Pond Shelter close...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 18.10.2017

It was a cold night camping at Cooper Lodge. The cold wind blew all night long under the edges of the tarp and through the front opening. At first I could feel myself warming during pauses of the breeze, but eventually my body couldn’t keep up with the repeated blasts of cold air and I slept on the cold side of the edge of comfort.   Here is the tarp setup where I suffered through cold winds all night long on Killington. We had 14.1 miles to make Minerva Hinchey Shelter....