County Road (Stamford, VT) north to Consulation Peak
We took our first (summer) hike of this year on Memorial Day weekend. It was overcast and humid, which made the conditions strange at best. Through much of the hike we were chilled but at the same time overheated. Crazy, right? We were lucky that there was no rain, so there are no complaints about the weather overall.
We met a long distance hiker in the parking area and chatted with him for a bit. He is accompanying his wife on her through hike, which she started on Labor Day in 2016. She has been doing large sections since that time and has 600 miles left. We chatted with her on the trail later in the day (right at the time I stopped rather than pausing the track, right of page). Unfortunately we were really poor at asking for trail names this time out...
New England had been, and continues to be, plagued with rain for the past week and a half, so mud season was in full swing. We spent much of the hike dodging puddles, trying not to get sucked into quick-mud (our term for the mud that just sucks your shoes off) and trying to keep purchase on slippery rocks.
It was an easy hike for Compass, as he works out year-round. I struggled at many points through the hike, with a few months off of HIIT (high intensity interval training) leaving me sucking wind like a whoopee cushion. It was nothing short of embarrassing. This, my friends, is how to make your own life difficult. I included my cardiogram under each section to illustrate the point that taking a break from conditioning doesn't pay.
We stopped for lunch at Consultation Peak. It was a real race between us and the black flies. Eat or be eaten. We got out unscathed and headed back to our starting point.
This is the first of many hikes to come this summer. We hope you'll continue to join us through our adventures!
Trip length: 7.6 miles
Departure time: 10:32 am
Return time: 3:27 pm