Massachusetts to Vermont
Bedrock Ambassador Trey Locke wakes up each morning in his tent, packs up camp, and continues his 2,200 mile long hike from Georgia to Maine. The Bedrock Appalachian Trail (AT) Series is an bi-monthly account of Trey’s experiences and photography along the trail. Follow along on Trey’s journey for a taste of what it’s like to hike the AT.
The terrain of Massachusetts is pretty mild, for the most part. That is until you stop on to grab a hand full of wild blueberries on a knob, you sit back, look out at view, and then you see it, Mount Greylock. It stands triumphantly at 3491 feet above sea level. It is the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, and is hikers first return to a 2,000 plus foot climb in awhile. Luckily for me and my hiking partners it was beginning to rain as we started out that day. As intimidating as Mount Greylock looked from a far the climb was relatively painless. Arriving at the summit you see a beautiful look tower, that is usually open to the public. There is also a small scale statue showing Greylock and the surrounding area. We hid from the rain in the restaurant at the summit, and after a couple of burgers we set out for North Adams, MA.
Hiking in the New England area also has a considerable amount of fire towers. These towers look out over adjacent mountains and are used to spot fires early. Hikers use them to see a world that exists above the tree line. It’s a satisfying feeling to be able to look back and see the tops of mountains you have already hiked over. As well as guessing which mountains are next.
Hikers often analyze and compare states. The criteria usually depends on terrain of a state, weather while there, and the people we meet while in towns. For instance most hikers enjoy Vermont, at least the ones I was around. The terrain was nice, rain held off, and the people were very friendly and helpful. I entered New Hampshire a few days ago and found a town called Hanover, home of Dartmouth College. The town is beautiful, and very hiker friendly. My experience there bodes well for the rest of the state and trail. Only 500 miles to go until the end – Mt. Katahdin!
My Bedrocks that I’ve been using on the Appalachian Trail since March. Spring models and later now all have reinforced stitches on black tube covers to keep them more permanently in place.
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