Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2012-08-24

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Jason Stilson (made it to the top with me)
Heather Rizzi
Andrew Rizzi
Addison Rizzi
Aiden Rizzi
Dan Halbig
Pete Weybright
Jerry (all did not make it to the top)
Date:Friday, August 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mansfield
    Elevation:4393 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up with HRRT group: Heather, Andrew, Addison, and Aiden Rizzi, Jason Stilson, Dan Halbig, Pete Weybright, and Jerry.

Parked in a parking lot with several other cars; parked right in front of a trail blocked by several large logs. Heather said that was the trail, me and Jason said "no." We went up that trail markers, no signs of trail maintenance, no other people. I didn't care -- I pack to spend the night if necessary, whereas everyone else just pretty much had a water bottle and a camera.

Hiked north-ish until the trail just ended in the middle of nowhere. We started to bushwhack. I said I was still going up to the top regardless...there are trails across the top and I would find the Long Trail and take it back down. Looked on my phone and saw the Long Trail just to the south of us. Me and Jerry led the group to it, despite several of them just wanting to go down to the car. Finally(!) made it to the Long Trail after a couple hours hiking.

We started going up the Long Trail, I was in the lead. Asked the first couple I met (that looked like experienced hikers with full packs) how far to the top. They said about 2 hours. I knew the group would not want to be up for it. I chatted with them for a few minutes until the rest of the group caught up. They were very discouraged when they heard how low we still were. We continued to go up.

After about a half and hour, the kids were getting tired and so were a couple of the adults. They said they wanted to go back down to the car. I said that was fine, but I was still going to hike to the top. I would just walk back via 108 to the house (it was only a few miles away). Or I would call and see if someone would pick me up when I got back down, since I had full cell phone service.

At first, Jason said he'd come with me. Then he changed his mind and Heather was going to hike up with me. Then suddenly she changed her mind. I thought I was going to hike alone, when Jason said he'd go up with me.

After we separated from the group, we hiked at a nice normal hiking speed. We stopped at the Taft Lodge and looked around for 10 minutes, then continued on to the top.

The last 1/4 mile was the hardest part. Bare rock and parts that were straight up. I loved it! The view from the top was amazing. Kinda hazy, but still amazing. We made it down via the Long Trail back down to VT-108 in what seemed like no time. When we went tot he road from the "real" trailhead, we looked and saw where we had originally parked earlier that morning. It was just 100 yards north of the trailhead / register.

"Up" distance and elevation gain are not accurate because of extra couple miles spend on the unmaintained trail and bushwhacking. I decided since I don't have accurate information for that to just stick to the general information for the Long Trail Southbound.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Long Trail Southbound
    Trailhead:VT-108 parking lot  1593 ft / 485 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Humid, hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 

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