Vermont Rambler - Long Trail Section Hike
September 19-25, 2021 - Registration OPEN
minimum/maximum = 3/6
to confirm minimum course offering, registration closes August 29th
Hike Distance: approximately 45-miles.
Section Hike Description: The Long Trail (LT) extends the length of the state of Vermont and is considered one of the iconic backpacking trails. The trail typifies New England hiking as it winds its way on the main ridge of the Green Mountains and crosses Vermont’s highest peaks. The LT is rugged and riddled with rocks, roots, water, moss and fern. It is as beautiful as it is challenging. As the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, it proudly boosts its toughness as well as its knobby and distorted trees and unabated steep ascents and descents. It is not a gentle walk in the wilderness. More like a walk where each night is reached with an earned rest and bold confidence of having gotten it done.
This section hike is approximately 45-miles beginning at the northern terminus of the LT. Our highest point will be the crossing of the 3,858-foot Jay Peak and a low point of 1,320-feet. In between is abundant ups and downs that give ample time to look around and wonder.
In 2021 this will be a six-night backpacking offering. Each day registrants will hike a prescribed distance ranging from 5 to 9 miles. The elevation gain and loss of each day is significant to warrant the shorter mileage and allows for nightly personal time to reflect and prepare for the following day. Being an autumn hike, the day is shortened in available day light.
When: Hike officially begins on Sunday, September 19th and concludes on Saturday, September 25th. The Meet and Greet is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th at 4p.
- Saturday, September 18th – pick-up at the Burlington International Airport at 12p.
- Sunday, September 26th – drop-off at the Burlington International Airport at 12p.
Cost: $1,150 per person – minimum 3/maximum 6.
Includes: Every effort has been made to make this an all-inclusive offering. Meals outside of the hike are not included and you are encouraged to visit one of the local eateries.
- All in the field meals and snacks.
- Shared maps and individual bootleg data book.
- Lodging (double occupancy) provided for the nights of September 18th and the night of September 25th.
- All designated campsite fees.
All About Backpacking Food: Nutritious! Filling! Yummy!
A menu will be provided approximately three weeks prior to the hike start. Our menu is designed to ensure nutrition, is not carbohydrate heavy but instead blends all nutritional needs including: fruits, vegetables, fats and proteins as well as carbohydrates. This hike will have a higher percentage of fresh fruits and vegetables because of trail and town proximity.
Breakfasts are generally quick, easy and include coffee or hot drinks. A variety of items will be available for lunch to be packed daily. Expect dinners to be a soup base. We have found that hearty, filling soups assist with ensuring you feel better, sleep better and maintain hydration. You won’t be hungry and we apologize now if you return to the trailhead a couple pounds heavier than when you began.
Allergy and dietary restrictions can be accommodated if we are advised in advance – like, when you register!
Gear and Equipment: Registrants are expected to provide their own camping and personal gear, specifically their own backpack. Equipment can be provided with prior request – typically no later than 14-days before the hike start. A complete list of suggested items will be provided following registration. Most, if not all, of the items needed are already in your closet.
Typical Hike Day: Subject to change.
- 6:30a – Morning wakeup call.
- 7a – Hot drinks served. Please be on time!
- 7:30a – Breakfast served.
- 8:30a – Begin the day’s hike.
- 4p to 6p – This is your free time to enjoy the landscape, read a book, write in your journal or take a nap.
- 6p – Dinner served. Please be on time! Enjoy a big plate of delicious, nutritious, filling hot food.
Registration Considerations: This segment hike is open to any individual who is willing to put in the time and effort required for training for this adventure. In other words, don’t plan to slink off the couch, pull on a day pack and intend to walk daily on trails with their traditional features of obstacles, hills and dirt. We want everyone to be successful but much of that success rests solely on your shoulders for building endurance and strength before you go.
This segment hike is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Have a great attitude and desire to complete the 47-mile backpacking offering.
- Ability to adhere to the following basic rules – Be safe. Have fun. Continue to put one foot in front of the other.
- Physical stamina to hike at a moderate pace throughout the day.
- Have the appropriate gear and equipment to maintain safety and campsite comfort.
- Willingness to learn – you will learn something about yourself.
- Must be 16 years old with parent or guardian.
Registration is OPEN (maximum of 6): Reservations are a first request, first reserve. Cancellation policy applies and includes the following notification – individuals who withdraw from this segment hike, once it has begun, receive no refund or credit and are responsible for their own lodging, meals and transportation when not in the field.
This section hike has a higher non-refundable application fee of $150.