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Another awesome day, one of the best yet.  I was the first camper up at the Hump Brook tenting Area and on my way before 7:30 am.  Mentally tough to have to hike .8 mile on a side trail to get back to the LT.  By far the longest side trail that I have taken to reach a shelter or camping spot.

View of Camel's Hump

View of Camel's Hump

By 8:00 am I was on the trail and ascending the “Hump.”  I reached the summit at about 9:40 am and was in awe of the amazing 360°  view of the major peaks of the northeast.  You could see Whiteface and Marcy to the west; Sugarbush, Abraham, and Killington to the south; Franconia and Washington to the east; and Mansfield, Belvidere, and Owls Head (in Canada) to the north.  By far the best spot on the journey (so far). I really appreciate the fact that Camel’s Hump is owned by the state and protected from the ski industry that has built on so many of the high peaks in Vermont.  I stayed on top of Camel’s Hump for about an hour.  The trek down was not that steep but seemed to go on forever.

Camel's Hump Summit

Camel's Hump Summit

I reached River Road in Jonesville at about 3:00 pm. It is a three-mile road hike into Jonesville.  When I arrived I went to the general store and got a roast beef sub and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Triple Caramel Chunk for dinner.  Real food sure hit the spot.  I then hiked up to Duck Brook Shelter, 1.7 miles north of Jonesville.  No cooking tonight! The water source at this shelter is a beautiful brook with a waterfall, looks like a nice place to go for a swim.  I thought that I had the shelter to myself, but a group of five from Wisconsin who I had chatted with this morning on the Hump pulled in really late.  In every way, a very fine day.

Hiked 12.8 miles today.

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Chris and I had breakfast at an awesome place in Richmond called the Bridge Street Grill. He dropped me off at Appalachian Gap at about 9:00 am.

Hiked to Cowles Cove Shelter for lunch and then up Burnt Rock Mountain for a great view.  Hiked to Montclair Glenn Lodge but it was very full.  The tent platforms behind the shelter were also full so I pushed on in the approaching darkness for the Hump Brook Tenting Area.  This tenting area was .8 miles off the trail and also very full.  I found a spot on the side of a hill in the back nine of this tenting area and put up my tent in the dark.  I am uncertain how I will sleep on this sloped site.  I listened to the Red Sox game while hiking this evening.  I have less than 100 miles to go to reach Canada!

Hiked 10.6 miles today.

Left the Stark’s Nest and hiked down to Appalachian Gap at a leisurely pace.  Got picked up fairly quickly and dropped off at the Shaws Supermarket in Waitsfield. While packing my food away in front of Shaws after shopping, I met a fellow northbound LT hiker named Dave from Virginia Beach.  Had lunch with Dave at the Waitsfield Inn and then went in search of the laundromat.   Washed my clothes and found a phone to make some calls.

Called Chris Wilkins to give him an update on my progress and he offered to pick me up and spend the evening in Burlington.  I read the paper and managed to get bitten by red ants while waiting for Chris.  We went to Chris’s house in Burlington and then out to dinner and watch the Red Sox game.  Great game which the Sox won and marked the comeback of Brett Saberhagen.  We also stopped by Chris’s office so I could check my team and send some e-mail.

Hiked 2.5 miles today.

Rained last night and this morning.  I slept in this morning in my tent until the rain let up enough to make a run  for it.  Spent the morning getting really soaked from all the wet branches.  At about 11:00 am the sun came out and we had a beautiful day.  Had lunch at Battell Shelter and got great pleasure out of changing into dry socks.  The highlight of the day was climbing Mount Abraham and enjoying the fantastic 360° views.  This is my favorite spot on the trail so far.  Enjoyed walking along the ridge all afternoon.  I got a little lost at the Sugarbush Ski Area missing a turn of the LT as it left a ski trail and having to backtrack up a very steep hill.

Starks Nest at Mad River Glenn Ski Area

Stark's Nest at Mad River Glenn Ski Area

I arrived at the Stark’s Nest on Mad River Glenn Ski area just before 8:00 pm.  The Stark’s Nest  is a ski-warming hut that was recently rebuilt. Stoney and another couple are here as well.  Great views, a fabulous sunset and a fireworks show that looks to be coming from Derby.  Awesome day!

Hiked 13.8 miles today.

I slept in this morning as I really liked the Boyce Shelter as it is up high off the ground and quite clean.  Hiked this morning to the Emily Proctor Shelter for a brief rest.  Had lunch at a beautiful spot on top of Mount Roosevelt called Killington Lookout.  Awesome view as it was very clear today.   Also on the cool side, a perfect hiking day.

Arrived at the Cooley Glen Shelter at about 4:30pm and decided to call it a day.  I would have pushed on but spoke to a group of south bounders who didn’t see any camping spots north of here and I didn’t think that I could make the next shelter.  There is a camp group of 14-15 year olds here who have been very entertaining tonight.  These kids are all very rich from places like Scarsdale, Potomac, Bloomfield and the Mainline.  Also a boy named Ray from Gongdong China who said that he liked talking to me instead of the immature kids in his camp group.  I am putting up my tent as this group has pretty much overrun the shelter.  I am hiking much better than I was earlier in my trip.  My knee feels much better and I am confident that I can finish the trail.  I hope to have a big day tomorrow.

Hiked 9.5 miles today.

Up early and cooked a hot breakfast.  Today was a great day!  Although a little hot, I was up on a ridge most of the day with strong breezes.  Stopped for lunch and a nearly three hour rest at Sucker Brook Shelter.  Pushed on and had heavy rain in the afternoon when I reached Middlebury Snow Bowl Ski Area.   Went for the first swim of my hike in the rain at Lake Pleiad.  This really cooled me off and inspired me to push on.  Marched on and arrived late at Boyce Shelter out of water, tired and hungry.

This is the second straight night that I have a shelter to myself and I only saw 3 hikers all day on the trail.  I had an awesome day and am quite excited as this shelter is the halfway point of the Long Trail.

Hiked 13.9 miles today.

No rain last night, my tent is now the driest that it has been since I started.  The black flies were swarming this morning so I skipped breakfast and moved on out as soon as possible.  Hiked from Green Road to David Logan Shelter in the morning.  It is very hot also humid.  Took break from heat at shelter and then moved on for Sunrise Shelter. Saw only 5 other hikers during the entire day.  What a difference from before when the AT and LT share the same path.

Arrived at Sunrise Shelter at about 4:45 pm and decided to call it a day.  I am totally exhausted from the heat and believe it or not miss the cool rainy weather from the first week of my journey.  Had an early dinner and have the shelter to myself tonight.

Hiked 10.1 miles today.