Day Eight – Mount Mansfield

Well we made it up and over Mount Mansfield today and are now relaxing at Butler Lodge, which is like a small cabin compared to the shelters we have stayed in before.
Last night a big thunderstorm rolled through and dumped buckets of water on us. Fortunately the lightning was in the distance. This morning it was windy and we were in the clouds a good bit of the time. About 30 minutes before we reached the peak of Mansfield (known as the chin) the sky cleared and we had glorious views all around us. To the west Lake Champlain seemed very close and we could see the White Mountains to the east. Camel’s Hump, another big mountain that we’ll climb on Saturday, was visible to the south.
Mount Mansfield looks like a human face looking straight up to the sky. The highest point is the chin, which we reached first. We then walked to the visitor’s center which is just below the nose and took a break. Then we walked past the eyebrow and down to Butler Lodge.
Today the hiking was tough but the students did very well, even better than yesterday. The trail was wet from last night’s rain and there were some skips and falls but nothing serious.
Tomorrow we have a long day, about ten miles, and will cross Mount Mayo and Mount Bolton. Tonight we should have a great sunset since we have a clear view to the west from Butler Lodge.
Correction from yesterday’s post – the ski resort we passed yesterday was Smuggler’s Notch not Sugarbush as I reported.
Here are a few photos from the day.





About The Man in My Shoes

Since retiring in 2012 I am enjoying the freedom of being able to make my own decisions about how I spend my time and am taking advantage of the opportunities that I have to spend more time with my family, explore, learn, and pursue my dreams and goals. I look forward to writing about these pursuits and hope you enjoy reading about them.
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5 Responses to Day Eight – Mount Mansfield

  1. Jan & Walt McGrail says:

    Walter & I (Ella’s grandparents) are enjoying, through your blog, keeping up with the progress of the students, as well as the photos.

    Thank you.

  2. jkaris2014 says:

    It is exciting reading the blog, but can’t help noticing the students, one in particular, in shorts, and sleeveless. And this is next to a mature adult wrapped in a parka with a hood too. Not critical – just observant. Hoping you have fun crossing both Mount & Mount Bolton. Jim

  3. buddyjohnson1 says:

    It is so nice the skies cleared That whole area is magical When you get to Camels Hump you feel as though you can practically dive into Champlain in places

  4. Rhoda Sommer says:

    What a beautiful view you had. Thank you for the daily tales of your travels!

  5. Annette King says:

    You sound like you are all conquering the mountain climbing challenges and all in good spirits. It is interesting to hear about your hikes and to see the photos of the wonderful scenery, even if some are rather misty. Best wishes for your 10-mile hike tomorrow.

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