Section 3: 165.5-Birch Glen to 223.5-Vt Rt 15/Valley of the Lamoille River
If you can do only one section of the Long Trail, do this section. Don’t even consider anything else. If you only have a long weekend, do the first 3 days and hit Burnt Rock, Camel’s Hump and Mansfield. It will kick your ass but it’s totally worth it.
You can also begin to see the impact of the weather on my map in this section. This is the first time I’ve been on a backpacking trip where by the end of the trip the map developed an odor.
Trail Day 13 (July 5): Birch Glen Shelter to Bamforth Ridge Shelter (13.5 m + 1.5 approach)
The “Trail” on the approach to Camel’s Hump, in addition to that ladder there was also just a rope at one point, the moment the mountain started to look a little closer except it turned out to be a false summit, and finally the view from Camel’s Hump. After that I trotted down to Bamforth Ridge Shelter where I was the 8th person in an 8 person shelter and the only girl with 7 guys in the shelter later leading to my trail name…Snow White.
Trail Day 14 (July 6): Bamforth Ridge Shelter to Taylor Lodge (21 m)
Trail Day 15 (July 7) Taylor Lodge to Sterling Pond Shelter (12 m)
Trail Day 16 (July 8) Sterling Pond Shelter to Vt Rt 15 (11.5 m)
I met my mom for a resupply at Rt. 15, where she brought me THE BEST SANDWICH EVER. I think I’ll write a whole separate post about the time I spent sitting in the parking lot, there were LT finishers, boy scouts, creepy men with steins of beer, lightning, axes, a 10 gallon pot. It was a wild ride. My mom ended up taking me back to the house for a zero day, it was the last day I could see my dad for the summer and then I would head back to Houston, and the Lamoille had flooded out the trail. Plus, surprise surprise….my knee hurt. Join me next time for section 4 when I’ll add another knee brace!