Just got back from a hiking trip to Vermont and thought I'd share a few photos.
Went with an AMC group on an annual trip to Stowe, Vt. Two years ago, I met my wife on the same trip, and we thought we'd celebrate by going back this year with our 10 month old son.
The first hike was Camel's Hump on Saturday. We've done some small hikes locally (in NY's Shawangunks) and a number of day-hikes in the Catskills to both get us into shape and get our son accustomed to hiking. Thankfully, he seems to love being in the pack. Here he is in the pack and sitting on the survey marker at the summit:
On Sunday, we hiked a 9 mile route up Mt. Mansfield. Above the treeline and along most of the ridge, it was incredibly windy, I'd estimate gusts up to about 50mph, but on the summit, it was only slightly breezy. Here's the little guy, happy as can be, at the summit:
And on Monday morning, the trip leader has a tradition of hiking Mansfield again before breakfast. My wife slept in with the baby and I, along with 4 others, headed out at 4am. Shedding about 30lbs of baby and pack, the hike was a breeze, even that early and after 2 previous days of fairly strenuous hiking. We made the summit in 2 hours flat, and were greeted by a spectacular view. We we later learned it was caused by smoke from some forest fires in Canada. 360 degrees and to the horizon, it was like a ocean of mist below us with only the surrounding peaks showing through:
We got back to the inn just as the everyone else was getting ready for breakfast. It was an incredible trip all around - the hiking in general, taking our son up the mountains and having him enjoy it so much, and the amazing view Monday morning.