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Leaving Massachusetts and into Vermont

Sunday, June 16, 2018
Congdon Shelter (1607.4)

Dad and I leave our house just before 6 AM. I’m hoping to be on trail in North Adams, MA around 8:30.

My pack is about 34 pounds, a bit heavier than I’d like, but the food bag has full peanut butter, peanuts, raisins and more. Swapped out a heavier Nalgene bottle with a Gatorade replacement on the way. Am using the much lighter summer weight sleeping bag we used on the Spanish Camino versus my very nice but too warm (and heavy) down bag.

We make it to North Adams on time, and am off. 

After a brief walk including across a foot bridge emblazoned with painted hand prints, enter the forest.


My sights are set a little aggressively to finish at a shelter 14 miles away. The first shelter is at 7 miles as an alternative. Figure stop there first, if things are going well, go on to the second.

Cross into Vermont, and am greeted with a sign welcoming Long Trail hikers. The Long Trail pre-dates the AT, and served as its model. It goes up the cente…

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