Today marks one full week on the trail for us and it was our most challenging day yet. We left the B&B after another great breakfast and were on the trail before 8:00. Whiteface Mountain was our first challenge – 3200 feet of climbing to the peak, which is at 3714′. It was hard work and we worked up quite a sweat, even with the pleasant temperature and frequent breaks. I was really proud of how the students stayed positive even though it was by far the longest climb they had ever done with a full pack. It’s good that they did so well because tomorrow we have an even bigger challenge with Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont at 4393′.
After descending from Whiteface we had to climb Madonna Peak which has a ski resort on it called Sugarbush. Some of us enjoyed eating wild blueberries and even paused for a photo on the ski lift (see photo below).
We made it to our destination, Sterling Pond Camp, by mid-afternoon and most of the students took a nap to recover from a strenuous day. Hopefully everyone can get a good night sleep and be ready for Mount Mansfield in the morning. Here are some photos from the day.