Tornadoes! Tsunamis! Floods! Heatwaves! These are not good hiking conditions!
Three years ago while I was working on the Long Trail in Vermont, the amount of rainfall we had broke the state records. It was a muddy mess. The next summer was even wetter, breaking the previous year’s record. I noticed a news item the other day that said Vermont has had a record-breaking rainfall already for this spring. That made me think: is it time to think about plan B?
The answer to that question is, yes! My plan had been to hike the Long Trail this spring, but a combination of logistical issues and the insane wetness already hitting the state convinced me to change my mind. The plan had mostly been to rush through the Long Trail, but who wants to rush something like that? The new plan includes a lot of hard hiking as well, but I think it will be a little easier with the planning. Here’s the rundown:
May 14-24: Getting back in shape with some serious backpacking in the White Mountains and Mahoosucs. I haven’t got much use out of my ultralight backpacking setup since September, so it’s time to get back in practice!
May 24: Did I dream this? I guess not. I’ve been asked to join this fine extravaganza.
May 25-June 10: Hike the Long Trail from Side to Side! This probably won’t get finished all during this chunk of time, especially since the 164 miles of LT side trails will require closer to 250 miles of hiking, plus a lot of miles of driving. But I can put a serious dent in those miles during the allotted time frame. As for the Long Trail itself, I’m hoping I’ll find a time to hike that in the not-too-distant future. Maybe this Fall, maybe next summer. Hopefully no later.
In the meantime, I’ll be blogging when I can about that month-long adventure. Expect insanity.