Saturday, August 8, will mark the start of my journey on the Long Trail.
The 270 mile trail was built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930 making it the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. As the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, it coincides with it for one hundred miles. The Long Trail runs from northern Massachusetts through Vermont up to the Canadian border. E. Schlimmer (I’ve yet to locate his first name on the internet) is the author of Thru Hiker’s Guide to America: 25 Incredible Trails You Can Hike in One to Eight Weeks. Schlimmer has worked as a forest ranger, ridge runner, caretaker and trip leader for many years and he calls the Long Trail the “most rugged” and “brutal trek” in this country. I’ll have to see for myself.
I plan to stop for a Phish show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 16 and the spend the weekend camping with friends in the Adirondacks. I hope to reach Journey’s End shelter (the end!) on September 8. I will stop to resupply in towns across Vermont five times, during which I will check e-mail, listen to voice messages and update this blog! So check back for my tales from the trail!