Mount Mansfield Trip Report (#15757)
- Signed By: Steve Hufford
- Date submitted: August 28, 2003
With mixed feelings I am reporting that I got to the highpoints of 8 of the 9 states I visited last summer on my trip to New England. I flew into Albany August 14th. The next day on my way to meet my cousin at the base of Mt Washington, I stopped in Stowe,VT to 'run up' Mt Mansfield. After taking less than 30 minutes to get to the top I got disoriented and came down the wrong side of the mountain. Got back to my car in four hours! Because of my delay I didn't stop to eat but proceded to drive to Mt Washington and got in about 11:30pm. The next morning my cousin (Scheila Hufford)and I headed up Tuckerman Ravine Trail at 8:30. I still hadn't eaten a legitimate meal since flying in two days before. The 'book' says about 4 hours up the trail to the top (I am almost always faster than the book) but it took us 7 hours!!! Because of my jet lag, lack of sleep and lack of nutrition my stomach bothered me all the way up and I was the one who slowed us down. Scheila was in great shape and patiently waited for me along the way. Got to the top at 3:30pm and rode down in a hired van (the $22 was well worth it). Finally had a nice meal that night with Scheila then we parted company, Scheila drove back to Boston and I headed for Maine. My quads were burning because of the back to back climbs on rocky trails (at age 52 I usually need a day or two between) and had to give up trying for Katahdin after waiting in Bangor, Maine, for two more days. Drove to Rhode Island highpoint (a guy chased me off his property), then to NJ highpoint and spent the night in a motel on NJ/NY border. Next day I drove down to Delaware highpoint then back up to Poughkeepsie, NY to spend the night. Next day I drove an hour or so to Mt Frissell in Connecticut and scampered up to the top (about a half hour). Quads felt pretty good. Trekking poles helped. Drove to Mass highpoint. Really pretty. Drove to Albany where I spent the night. Next day drove to Lake Placid, NY, and the following day (August 23 - one week after my Mt Wasington fiasco)went to Mt Marcy trailhead at 7am where I started and got to top of peak at about 11am. Up in four hours and down not much quicker - about three hours. Having the poles helped tremendously. Drove back to Albany the next day and watched the Iowa State-Florida State game in my motel (what a great treat to enjoy some college football!)Flew back to Alaska the next day, Sunday, August 25th.