Trip reports for January 2022 (updated 1/26/22)

1/23 (Sun) LaPlatte River Snowshoe & micro-spikes
We launched at the mouth of the LaPlatte near Shelburne Bay and checked out how thick the ice was under the Bay Road overpass where you can get a good clear view. Looked great. Let’s go! We walked up McCabes Brook (a tributary southwest of the LaPlatte) then backtracked when the ice looked less than ideal as it was a bit chilly for swimming. We walked up the LaPlatte towards Tr. 7 making it about ½ way there, then back to the Bay. Conditions were great. Just under 4 miles total. This is a Nature Conservancy property.  Here is the TrailFinder link which shows from the air the awful salt shed installed by Vermont Railway. With Tom, Fred, Andy & Linda, Susan, John, Phil, Charlotte, Irene, Marcus, Brian, Barbara, and Ted trip leader. Marcus played ‘National Geographic’ and took some great photos.

Photos by Marcus

1/22/22 – Belvidere
A Cold Weather Limerick
Eight set out to climb Belvidere.
Decked out in our fine winter gear.
‘Twas fifteen below.
But you’d never know.
Determined, we did persevere.
Trip leader and poet – Mary Lou Recor
Photos – Nina Meledandri

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1/9/22 – Harringtons View (almost)
Hearty hikers braved freezing rain (well, at Richmond Park and Ride at least) and carpooled to the junction of the old LT on Notch Road to take the Duck Brook trail up, up, up to the LT and headed north towards Canada. Just before reaching their destination (not Canada – we were headed to Harrington’s view) we turned around on the summit of the peak thats just east of the Bolton Notch (2,480) and decided the View from Harrington could wait for another day. This was fine by everyone – there would have been zero view anyhow. Snowshoes were not needed – even in January – and thats sort of disappointing. Participants were Laura, John, Tess, Jordan, Cathy, Phil & Bambi. Ted trip leader. Several hikers were treated to Bambi’s famous hand knit hats which are soooo toasty. Did John bring a ‘beverage’ to celebrate the end of the hike? Hmmm I forget…

1/8/22 – Taylor Lodge
Eight of us met at 9 AM at the Underhill Center commuter lot, and since everyone had good tires and AWD (to handle the sometimes slippery upper end of Stevensville Road) we did minimal carpooling on the last short leg to the trailhead. It was sunny, but very cold (close to 0 F) a we started up Nebraska Notch Trail around 9:15. Most people wore microspikes, but the trail was mostly packed snow, with very little ice. Many of us carried snowshoes in case the Long Trail around the beaver ponds was drifted, as it often is, but that was also packed out and no one used snowshoes on the whole hike. The first part of the trail was still in the shadow of the mountain, but we had sun for the rest of the hike after we crested the first climb before the trail levels out and turns left. We were hiking fast, and got to Taylor Lodge around 10:30, where we hung out for a while having lunch. We then headed back, reaching the cars around noon, with the temperature having climbed to a balmy 13 F or so. Great hike on a beautiful day. Participants: Bamby Pierpont, Liz Robbins, Robynn Albert, Corey & Julie Paye, Liana Edwards, Susan Tobin, David Hathaway (leader). Photos: Robynn & David.
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1/1/22 – Butler Lodge
This was both a GMC Burlington section outing and a Vermont State Parks First Day Hike, and a number of participants found the hike through the state parks publicity. Seven of us met at the Underhill Center commuter lot at 8:50, then headed up to the Stevensville Road trailhead where we met two more at 9 AM. One of the 10 signed up was a no show. A lot of the snow I’d seen in the parking area and on the trail on a Wednesday hike up the same trail had turned to ice, so everyone but me started with their microspikes on, and even I put them on about halfway up the trail (people who hike with me frequently will know that means it was pretty icy). It was overcast and around 40 F as we started up at about 9:10, but fortunately we avoided rain except for a few sprinkles. It felt like it was raining as we neared the top, but I think it was mostly melting snow from the overhanging trees. It was a fast group, and we reached Butler Lodge around 10:30, where we had some snacks, looked around, and then headed back down. As we neared the bottom one of our group had the most bizarre microspike incident I’ve ever seen. Somehow the microspike on one foot brushed by the hooked metal eyelet of the boot on the opposite foot, and the thin metal eyelet slipped through a tiny gap in one of the links holding the microspike chains to the rubber upper portion and got caught, effectively instantly sticking her feet together. Fortunately she managed a very controlled and graceful fall and roll, ending up on her back. But it took us 5 to 10 minutes to figure out how to separate her boot from her microspike, while the people who had been in front wondered where we’d gone! We reached the cars around 11:45. Great group, and a great way to start the year! The picture of Butler Lodge is from my hike three days earlier, as I forgot to take one today. Participants: Kirsten K. Connelly, Christopher Lovett, Liana Edwards, Michele Kupersmith, Carol Resende, Jimmy Christensen, Suzanne Whitty, Andrew Zehner, David Hathaway (leader).
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