THE CHIN OF MOUNT MANSFIELD

AFTER BEING IN VT FOR ALMOST 7 MONTHS, WE FINALLY HIKED TO THE TOP OF MT. MANSFIELD, THE HIGHEST ELEVATION IN THE STATE. WE DECIDED TO PICK UP THE LONG TRAIL ROUTE RIGHT OFF OF RT 108. IT'S 4.6 MILES ROUND TRIP WITH AN ELEVATION GAIN OF 2800 FT. IT'S A FAIRLY DIFFICULT HIKE TO THE TOP, AND ONCE YOU'VE PAST TAFT LODGE, IT'S A STEEP .6 MILES TO THE SUMMIT. THIS HIKE IS NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED. FOR SOMEONE WHO FEARS HEIGHTS AND LACK OF BEING IN CONTROL, BEWARE. I'D BE LYING IF I SAID I DIDN'T HAVE SEVERAL MELTDOWNS WHILE WHITE KNUCKLING THE SIDE OF EACH CLIFF. LUCKILY, I HAD MY PARTNER IN CRIME ENCOURAGING ME TO CONTINUE ONCE PANIC SUNK IN. 

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