Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2016-02-20

Climber: Mary Ruth Merkel

Date:Saturday, February 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mansfield
    Elevation:4393 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

On my quest to hike the NE115, I made my debut in VT on Mansfield this day. It's been a strange weather and early reports called for rain, but those were pushed out. I hiked with the Green Mountain Club figuring that they would be familiar with the trail. The route was to hike up The Long Trail, descend down Profanity to form a loop back the TLT for the final descent.

It was a very moderate day weather wise, no need to bundle up. We headed up the road about 1/4 mile to the turn off on the left hand side. You immediately start climbing and basically climb for the entire hike. Some places were steeper than others but it really wasn't very technical. We were able to get by with just microspikes. It was fun watching the skiiers from Stowe who did some off trail skiing/snowboarding.

We headed up to the cabin where we stopped for lunch. When we proceeded to the peak, most of us switched to snow shoes as the snow was a bit deeper. It was pretty windy as well. The final push up was on iced over rock and visibility was low due to high winds and it started snowing. We did not have a view at the summit but the temps remained low, even with the wind.

We made our decent down profanity, which was a good choice!!! This trail had a lot more snow, you went in up to your hips without snow shoes. We were able to get some good butt slides in on the way down, which is always fun. We had a little trouble following the trail as it's not well marked (blue markers) but we made it back to the Long Trail without to much trouble.

The final descent was easy. The lower we got, the heavier the snow fall which eventually switched to rain.

Overall this was a great day for me!!!!! I loved the challenge of the final push at the peak and I love a good butt slide! I highly recommend this hike to anyone in the winter.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes

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