Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2002-08-28

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:for my 3rd time
Stephen and Matthew
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mansfield
    Elevation:4393 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

Out for a day hike with my daughter's children, Stephen (14) and Matthew (12), this is my 3rd visit to this superb summit with its easy access from just south of Smugglers Notch - the wildest/most interesting Notch in all of the Northeast USA. I biked this Notch, N to S, and I can tell you that the descent from the top smokes your brakes, as the road finds/winds its way thru the rock fall.

We had a nice climb, Stephen leading. We visited Taft Lodge, Matthew was impressed and he told me that he'll have to come back here with his Dad, had a snack break. The lodge has a full time caretaker, they charge a daily fee of 5$.

We summitted after a 3 hour climb, lots of people, ate our lunch. On the way down we went over to the Adams Apple and once again stopped in at the Lodge.

Overall it was an uneventful climb except at the start Matthew's demeanour was very negative. He started complaining from the very beginning, saying how difficult it was/wouldn't be able to do it/asked for a break every few minutes/etc. Of course his big brother's continuous kidding made matters worse. I tried my best to encourage him with not much success. Somehow the conversation turned to his favourite rock group "Kiss" !!!! and wow, didn't he completely forget about the climb as he started telling us about the group .... he knew all of the characters and wouldn't stop talking about them, especially the drummer which he loved !!!! he breezed to the top without one complaint, in fact I had hard time keeping up .... of course Stephen being Stephen he made sure that he did the leading. At the end of the hike Matthew was an exceptionally a happy camper.

We stopped in at McDonalds in Swanton on our return trip home, the boys very pleased with their effort. A super enjoyable day.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2793 ft / 851 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:LT sb
    Trailhead:stowe-jeffersonville hwy vt 108 at LT S of smuggle  1600 ft / 487 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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