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ometimes, the best thing you can have on a long hike is a good friend. During my third year of college, I studied abroad in New Zealand. My first big venture was a 37-mile hike through the Fjordlands on a “Great Walk” called Kepler. I wasn’t exactly ready for it. I had backpacked in the Adirondacks and in the Greens, my home turf. I knew what to bring: tent, sleeping bag, stove—the works. But as soon as I set foot on the trail, I knew I could have done a few more preparatory runs, (or maybe that trick where you walk the stair machine with a loaded pack), before attempting to hike three 10-plusmile, mostly-vertical days. Ally, a college friend, was also in New Zealand for the semester, and we were in the same boat. As we set off on the first day of the three-day trek, Ally and I formed the caboose of our group of eight, groaning (more me than her) about our aches and pains and showing off our hip bruises. On one particularly strenuous section, we fell into a fit of giggles, rolling our eyes as we remembered how eager we had been to hike this track. But as much as we lamented our decision, Ally pushed herself. By the end of day one, she had become my motivational guide, coaxing me like a tuckered-out puppy up switchback after switchback. When my complaints became louder, she reminded me that our only option was to walk forward, one foot in front of the other. While I was wishing that I had chosen an easier hike, she was appreciating the mountains, the fjord and the rainbow that greeted us when we summited the track’s highest peak, sweaty and euphoric. “I like to think I would never let physical pain stop me from doing anything,” she told me as we trudged up the 4,000-foot vertical gain on the second day. I snapped a photo of her on a ridgeline just after the cloudy skies cleared, blue mountains rippling behind her, her smile radiantly wide. We were both ready for more. Later in the semester, Ally decided to squeeze in another trek before winter set in and the mountain terrain would become impassible. On April 23, 2015, she left for a trek on the west coast, called the Gillespie Pass Circuit, with two friends. The forecast called for rain, so the three women took precautions. With two river crossings ahead of them, they decided to hike the track in a reverse direction from what they had originally planned, giving them a bridge crossing on the rainy day, when the water would likely be dangerous for crossing. But Gillespie Pass Circuit, a 36-mile trek over steep, rocky terrain, was less maintained than the popular ‘Great Walks’

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like Kepler. Longer and steeper than what we had hiked before, the trail totaled nearly 5,000 feet of elevation gain, with 4,000 of those feet rising in the last three miles before the tallest point. The middle of the track’s grade map spikes like the point of a knife. When Ally and our friends summited, there was no rainbow to greet them, and no fjord to look down on. Instead, they were pelted with rain. Gusts of wind up to 70 miles-per-hour beat them to their hands and knees. New Zealand is known for these freak storms, and at high elevations, they come with force and without warning. In the storm’s madness, the three lost each other. Two of the women made it down the mountain and took the bridge over the Young River, whose water was so violent the waves splashed 20 feet in the air as they hit the rocks. Finally, the two arrived at the hut where they had planned to spend the night. They made dinner. They left a plate out for Ally. They waited through the night. She never came. The next morning, the rain continued. My friends ran for help, half-sprinting the hike’s remaining 10 miles so they could contact a search and rescue team. I met them in Wanaka, the closest town, and we huddled in a hotel room. The owner, who had heard about the missing American girl in the mountains, comped our room.

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ADVERTISING SALES A search team set out. Soon more than 60 rescuers from Land SAR, Marine SAR and the Coast Guard were combing the track. Helicopters with stretchers flew over our hotel. Waiting, we tried to channel bestcase scenarios. “She’s just lost,” we told each other. “She’s going to have a crazy story to tell when she gets out of there.” We got updates. They found her sock. Her shirt. Her raincoat. A narrative started to form. Ally had descended into the Young Valley at dusk, right when records from nearby rivers indicated the water level spiked. “She hasn’t made a bad decision to cross the river,” police and search and rescue coordinator Aaron Nicholson told the local newspaper at the time. “She’s just been walking the track and gotten to bits where the river has swelled over the track quite significantly. So she’s had to negotiate that. I would anticipate a realistic situation where she has fallen or tripped or slipped into that water.” When they found her pack at the edge of the Young River—the waist strap still clipped—the rescue team gave the verdict: Survival, they told us, was “highly unlikely.” Seven days after Ally went missing, the team embarked on a final search. It was midday when they found her. Their suspicions were confirmed. The following days and weeks marked a new uphill climb. Ally’s father had arrived

in New Zealand, receiving word of his daughter’s fate with a grace and strength I’ve never seen in another human being. Becoming inseparable, several of us—her closest friends in the country— pushed our beds together, retelling “Ally stories” each night as we fell asleep. Ally had been right: physical pain doesn’t count for much. I would have run circles around the Kepler track to see her smile again. But strangely enough, in this new territory of bereavement, this punishing summit-less mountain, her words still applied. Our only choice was to walk forward, one foot in front of the other. For the rest of the semester, we set out on small hikes in the mountains. Each time, infallibly, a rainbow would appear. It was as if Ally were letting us know she’d always be on the hike with us, always there to get us through the climb. Two and a half years later, I often find myself wandering up a steep section of Mount Abe or Camel’s Hump, or on a hilly ride that’s a hair beyond my comfort zone. The lactic acid builds in my legs, and I start to feel discouraged. Every time, I see Ally, one switchback ahead, smiling through her pain and telling me I can do it. With her, I always make it to the top. Emma Cotton is a Vermont Sports staff writer, and graduated from Eckerd in 2016.

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wenty years ago, I visited a town where time stood still. I worked for Bicycling magazine at the time. Our new editorial team was looking for a place where we could retreat from the summer heat of our Pennsylvania headquarters, ride quiet roads and rethink the magazine. We chose the white clapboard town of Grafton, Vt. and the Grafton Inn, beautifully preserved thanks to the Windham Foundation. One of the oldest inns in the country, Grafton is a place that has sparked creativity for generations. Rudyard Kipling used to ride up from his home in Dummerston to sit in the porch rockers. The likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have all been visitors. Before the Civil War, the town boomed thanks to the nearby soapstone mines and the population was over 1,500. As of the 2010 census, it was 675. This August 2-3, I returned to Grafton for a very different retreat. Governor Scott’s newly-formed Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative invited a diverse group of stakeholders to consider what could be done to grow Vermont’s outdoor economy. As Windham Foundation’s Liz Bankowski put it, “The beauty of Grafton is that nothing seems to have changed here in the past 100 years. But that’s our challenge too: how do we grow Vermont’s rural towns? How do we get young people to move here or businesses to grow here?” Governor Scott noted in his opening remarks: “There are six fewer workers everyday when we wake up. There are three fewer kids in our public education system and nearly one baby born to an addictive mom every single day. That sums up our challenges and opportunities." Can growing outdoor recreation help

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3 | Labor Day 130K, Peru Ride 85 miles through southern Vermont with an elevation gain of 7,500 feet. Ride is unsupported and raises money for Rare Disease Research. rasopathiesnet.org

30 | Hungry Lion Bike Tour, Whitingham These 35-, 55- and 75-mile road bike rides are fully supported with rest stops, sag wagon, BBQ, music and beer. hungrylionbiketour.com

4 | Richard Tom Foundation Kids’ Criterium, Burlington This free, noncompetitive event is open to kids ages 7-11. Kids ages 7-8 ride for two laps and 9-to 11-year olds ride for four laps. The Foundation was formed to honor Richard Tom, who was fatally struck by a speeding driver in 2015. bikereg.com/the-green-mountain-stage-race.

30 | Allen Clark Hill Climb, Waitsfield Climb 1,600 vertical feet in 6.2 miles from Route 100 to the top of Appalachian Gap. achillclimb.org

8 | Grand Grand Prix, Quebec City; 10 | Grand Grand Prix, Montreal The UCI WorldTour comes to Quebec and Montreal with world teams, professional continental teams and national teams going head-to-head in criterium-style races in historic Montreal and Quebec. gpcqm.ca

OCTOBER 2 | Triple Crown Enduro, Burke Burke Mountain Bike Park hosts the second of a threestop series, with riders competing on Burke’s downhill trails for more than $30,000 in cash. skiburke.com

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10 | Cabot Ride the Ridges, Cabot With routes of 10, 30, 60 and 100K, this ride through Peacham and Cabot is for everyone. ridetheridges.net 23 | The Moose Redux, East Burke This 103-mile ride runs through on recently repaved roads. The Team Challenge pits teams of 3 to 10 riders based on the cumulative fastest three times. kingdomgames.co

8-10 | 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic, Old Forge, NY This three-day, 90-mile flatwater race follows the original highways of the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, with a mix of lake and river paddling. macscanoe.com 11 | In Search of Memphre VI, Newport Swimmers take on a 25-mile swim from Newport, Vt. across the border to Magog, Quebec. kingdomgames.co 15 – 18 | FallFest at Smugglers’ Notch, Cambridge A weekend of fdisc golf, live music food, a limited beer release from Fiddlehead and guided climbing in the Notch by Burlington’s Petra Cliffs. smuggs.com

15 | Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship, Jeffersonville Smugglers’ Notch hosts a point series of five tournaments as part Smuggler’s Notch Fall Fest. The top 48 in the series compete for a prize of $10,000. smuggs.com 16-17 | Spartan Race, Killington Obstacle course racers tackle the Beast of the East in the famously tough Spartan Race. Obstacles include walls, nets, sandbag carries and plenty of mud. killington.com 17 | 41st Annual Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon, Great Barrington, Ma. Run, bike and canoe/SUP/kayak through five towns in the Berkshires to the finish line at the Tanglewood Music Festival. joshbillings.com

OCTOBER 7 | Lunafest Women’s Film Festival, Burlington Lunafest is a national film festival that features short films by, for, and about women, hosted this year by Girls on the Run Vermont, with special speaker Karen Newman, world-class triathlete, cancer and eating disorder survivor, author, and dietitian. lunafest.org 7 | VT SKI + RIDE EXPO, Burlington The biggest ski show to hit Vermont comes to the waterfront Hilton in Burlington on Oct. 7. See the latest gear, find out about resort deals, watch new ski movie releases, enjoy live music from three bands and kick back at the Long Trail brew tent. Details and tickets at vtskiandride. com/expo2017/

24 | West Hill Grinder, Putney Start and finish these dirt road rides at High Meadows Farm. The moderate to challenging routes wind through Putney, Dummerston, and Westminster. Lunch by Taco Barn. Register by Sept. 17. bikereg.com/west-hill-grinder 26 | Stone Valley 50 Gravel Grinder, Poultney Gravel grinders can test themselves on either a 50-mile race; or a 20-mile noncompetitive tour. stonevalley50.com

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views of the Adirondacks. Proceeds support the Pride Center of Vermont. pridecentervt.org 9 | Fight For Air Climb, Bennington Race up 412 steps of the historic Bennington Battle Momument in the country’s only race of its kind. The event supports lung disease research. action.lung.org

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9 | Endurance Society’s Sky Run, Waitsfield Run a series of climbs to the summit of Gen. Stark Mountain. Pick the 5K Sky Run, with (2,000 feet of vertical climbing), or a 10K (3,700 feet of vertical). endurancesociety.org

2 | Northfield Savings Bank 5K, Northfield A certified 5K course as part of the CVR ORS Race Series. Start and finish in front of the Northfield Savings Bank at the green in downtown Northfield, Vt. nsbvt.com

9 | Covered Bridge Half Marathon, Charlotte Race along mostly dirt and gravel roads, beginning and ending at Shelburne Beach on Lake Champlain. racevermont.com

2 | Hops For Hope 5K, West Dover Relay For Life hosts a 5K held in conjunction with Mount Snow’s Brewfest. The multi-terrain run/walk is beginner friendly while challenging to even the most seasoned of runners. facebook.com/hopsforhope

9 | SPROUTY Run, Sharon Run a 10K or run/walk a 5K along the White River on mostly dirt and gravel roads, beginning and ending at Shelburne Beach on Lake Champlain. There will be prizes, food and live music, as well as a gift for every race participant. runsignup.com

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2-3 | Jay Peak Trail Running Festival, Jay Head to northern Vermont for a series of trail races ranging from 5K to 50K. jaypeaktrailrun.com 3 | 49th GMAA Archie Post 5-Miler, Burlington The certified point-to-point course follows the South Burlington Bike Path. gmaa.net 9 | Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5K, Manchester, Vt. The Make a Wish Foundation hosts a fall half-marathon and 5K race from downtown through picturesque villages and farmlands and back to the finish. runreg.com 9 | Stride For Pride, Burlington Follow the Burlington waterfront in this 5k, which boasts

10 | Old Stone House Fall Foliage Run, Walk and Bike, Brownington Runners, walkers and bikers compete on dirt roads in the Northeast Kingdom. Choose a half marathon or 5K walk/ run, bikers ride 12 miles. oldstonehousemuseum.org

23 | The Vermont Great 2.4.6.8K, Rutland Walk, do a 2K or 4K of the relay or run the whole 8K in downtown Rutland. Proceeds benefit the RRMC Foley Cancer Center. rrmc.org 24 | 25th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run, West Windsor Ascutney in West Windsor hosts the 22nd year of the 50-mile bike race and 50-mile run. The race also includes a 50K option, a team relay and a free kids fun-run option. vermont50.blogspot.com 24 | The Color Run, Essex Junction, Vt. Runners in this 5K are blasted with colored powder every kilometer while running under inflatable arches. All proceeds benefit The Chill Foundation. thecolorrun.com 23–24 | Adirondack Marathon, Schroon, N.Y. This two-day event includes both half marathon and marathon races, a 5K and 10K, a children’s fun run, dinners and award ceremonies. adirondackmarathon.org 24 | Vermont Sun Half Marathon, Lake Dunmore Run along the shores of Lake Dunmore in a 5K, 10K or half marathon. vermontsuntrithlonseries.com

16 | Common to Common 30K, Essex Junction This certified 30K (18.64 miles) goes through farm country between Essex Center and Westford Common. gmaa.net

24 | Island Vines 10K, South Hero Snow Farm Vineyard serves as the starting point for a flat and scenic 10K on South Hero roads. snowfarm.com

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20 | Sodom Pond 4-Miler, Adamant A rolling 4-mile dirt road course loops counter-clockwise around Adamant’s Sodom Pond. runvermont.org

15 | ShoeFly Trail Running Festival, East Burke This festival of trail running welcomes runners and walkers to try 50K, 12-hour, 24-hour solo/team relay, 25K, 10K, 5K or 1-mile races. shoeflytrailrun.org

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17 | TAM Trek, Middlebury The 18-mile-long Trail Around Middlebury hosts a series of races. Runners can choose between 6-mile and 18- mile runs, a 2-mile family fun run and a 3-mile hike or a mountain bike. Course includes single and doubletrack trails, pavement and technical sections. maltvt.org

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At 44, Mike Barton is still beating pro racers half his age. Photo courtesy Mike Barton

VS: How crazy was the Overland PavĂŠ Madness?

VS: How did you go from car racing to bike rac-

MB: We were traveling over four-wheel-drive jeep roads that were almost impossible to ride. There were boulders, wet terrain and steep ascents and descents. We had to travel though 500 yards of beaver bog; the water was waist-deep so you had to carry your bike over your headâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but that was one of the easiest parts of the ride since it was such a hot day. We went down active flowing river beds, traversing back and forth, riding and running, and then there was a steep extended climb. The last few miles were pleasant gravel roads that were more traditional.

ing? MB: I was a stock car driver until I was 25, racing

VS: What kind of a bike do you use for that?

MB: It was the mountain bike version of cyclocross. I rode (and carried) my Cannondale Scalpel which is a dual suspension bike. It was perfect for the course with suspension lockout for the long, steep climbs, but plenty of cushion for the rocky, technical descents and stream crossings, but I still couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ride everything.

locally and regionally. Someone suggested I try mountain bike racing and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never raced on two wheels before but I jumped in and won my first race and moved up through the ranks. At 25 I went to college and raced with the University of New Hampshire team. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I fell in love with road racing. I then got my masters at Dartmouth and raced my two years there. In 2003, Dartmouth won the national championship and in 2004, I won 9 out of 13 collegiate races and all five races at the national championship. I started working the day after graduation but I continued to race across New England and in New Mexico, California, Bermuda and Ireland. A lot of the folks I raced with ended up racing professionally like Ted King, Brent Bookwalter and Kevin Bouchard-Hall. Kevin recently got back into racing. I followed him into triathlons and now we do these gravel races together.

MB: I rode the Tour of the Battenkill which had a new format this year. Dave Zabriskie [retired professional bike racer] was there and I beat him by seven minutes and won the race. I was part of a two-man breakaway for 70 miles of a 75-mile race. I did the Rasputista Spring Classic this year and came in third. Both of those Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to do again. I really like the Vermont 50. I won that three years in a row and have the course record but last year I had a mechanical problem. In 2016, I did the Green Mountain Stage Race as a Master and I try to fit that in when I can. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a number of Ironman Triathlons but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided to focus more on cycling because of the demands of my family and my job which is fairly high stress. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a research and revelopment engineer and I work on projects as diverse as cryogenics, lasers, high-temperature superconductors and electro-mechanical systems. Because of work and family, I really have to pick and choose my events. VS: Do you ride with your daughters? MB: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been riding in the chariot bike since they were born. Last year we did 1,300 miles together. They also have their own tricycles. Last year I got hit by a car and needed surgery to repair my thumb so I rode indoors and I made them both little stationary trainers so they could ride with me. Biking and being outdoors has become a way of life to them. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather be in the bike chariot than the car. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Phyl Newbeck LIM OF ITED FE R $ SUM

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VS: How do you have time to train?

Name: Mike Barton Age: 44 Lives in: Hanover, N.H. Family Wife Dorothea; twin 3 ½ year old daughters, Evelyn and Emmanuela Occupation: Engineer Primary sports: Cycling, running, triathlon When it comes to cycling, Mike Barton is a late bloomer. His main sport had been stock car racing but when he enrolled in college at age 25 he began to race mountain bikes. Sponsored by First Stop Bike and Ski Shop in Killington, Barton won the inaugural Vermont Overland PavÊ Madness, a 23-mile gravel bike race this past July beating a number of pro riders, including 22-year-old Ansel Dickey.

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MAT FRASER KEEPS HIS CROSSFIT CROWN Once again, Vermonter Mat Fraser has won the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fittest Man on Earth.â&#x20AC;? The Colchester native dominated at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wis. on August 5-6, the second year in a row that Fraser has taken first place. Crossfit called Fraserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most dominant performance in CrossFit Games history.â&#x20AC;? Fraser finished with 1,132 out of 1,300 possible points, leaving the runner-up, Brent Fikowski, in the dust with 916 points. Fraser was the only competitor to place first in more than one event; in fact, he won three events: MuscleUp Clean Ladder, Heavy 17.5 and 2223 Intervals. In 2014-15, Fraser took second place at the Lifestyle changes earned Fraser his Games. In an interview with title. Photo courtesy Mat Fraser Vermont Sports earlier this year, he called those years the â&#x20AC;&#x153;biggest disappointmentâ&#x20AC;? heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever experienced, vowing to win in 2016. In 2016, Fraser made well-rounded lifestyle changesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;he started with a regular sleep schedule, cut junk food from his diet, drank more water and stretched routinely after workouts. In training, he focused on his weaknesses, finding an expert in every category who helped him excel. It seems to have worked. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;E.C.

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CIRCUS AND BRATT CAVE BACK IN SWING Brattleboroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports scene has seen a few highs and lows this summer. After a dispute between board members and the firing of founders, twin sisters, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion (above), the New England Center for Circus Arts (covered in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Circus School's Next Act,â&#x20AC;? Vermont Sports, Nov./Dec. 2016) saw protests, resignations and refund requests. But in late July, the entire board of NECCA resigned and a new board was appointed. To the joy of many, the new board hired the sisters back and appointed Jeffrey Lewis, a former executive director of Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., to be interim executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need to get our students back in here, get circus back in here. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our first priority,â&#x20AC;? Smith told the Brattleboro Reformer. In other Brattleboro news, a new rock climbing gym, called the BrattCave, or Brattleboro Bouldering Gym, will open in the Cotton Mill at the beginning of September. The gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,100 square feet of space has three 12-foot-tall walls: a 50-degree wall thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 feet tall, a 13-degree overhang thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18 feet long, a small vertical wall, and a moon boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;a 40-degree training wall that features an array of different handholds. Eager climbers can purchase monthly memberships for $40 and day passes for $10, and rental shoes will be $5 per use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole community has been pitching in in one way or another,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Mizrahi, one of the three founders of the gym. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been getting a lot of enthusiastic feedback. â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;E.C.

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When she's not running, UVM researcher Lizzy Pope studies what motivates people to work out. Photo courtesy Lizzie Pope In the mornings, the kids log into Camp Conquer on their computers to load up their water balloons and choose strategic positions in the game’s virtual playing field. Then, in the middle of the day, the fight automatically plays out. Usually, the team with the most and best water balloons– meaning the team that has collectively taken the most steps–wins. Pope wants to know if the game will motivate these high schoolers, who are mandated by Vermont State Law to exercise for at least 30 minutes during the school day, to exercise more than they normally would. She won’t see the results for another few months, but if it works, she hopes the game will be worked into school curriculums around the state. “Kids are on their screens a lot as it is, so if they’re going to play games, why not play this game, where the currency comes from being active?” she said. But as with any fitness app, in order to make the game effective, it needed motivational tools that were strong enough to pull kids away from other temptations— phones, friends, sleeping—and make them want to exercise. With adults, that extrinsic motivation may come from money, but for teenagers, it’s socializing. Pope and Dibble designed the game so that team members succeed when more people participate. Plus, the players who bring in the most gold coins get the title “MVP,” which comes with an honorary gem. Pope admits that it seems a bit backwards to use a screen as a gateway to exercise, but if it creates a habit, she says she’s done her job. “The hope is that you can get someone intrinsically motivated to exercise, but realistically, research has shown that for some people, you need to try to increase their extrinsic motivation by providing outside rewards,” she said. Pope has tested this theory with other studies, one of which involved paying firstyear college students to go to the gym.

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Over a course of two semesters, she split 117 first-year college students into three groups: a group that received no incentive for going to the gym, a group that received $5 for each gym visit in the first semester and no incentive in the second semester, and a group that received $5 per gym visit both semesters. Pope measured gym visits when the students used their IDs to swipe into the fitness center. It worked: 62 percent of the students who were paid to work out met their fitness goals, while only 13 percent of the control group, which was not receiving incentive, met their goals. But through surveys, she also found that the incentivized students were happy with the way they felt while going to the gym, indicating that the students had gained intrinsic motivation to be physically fit. “It appears that provision and then discontinuation of monetary incentives did not negatively impact intrinsic motives to exercise for our participants,” her study concludes. For Pope, that’s reason enough to keep the incentives coming. “I think about the American population, and how important good exercise is to good health, and also mental health, and we’re just not doing it,” she says. “So then it’s like, why not incentivize it?” Then there are those of us who don’t need incentives—the endorphins, fresh air and the satisfaction of pushing ourselves is enough. But maybe we need a little help waking up early, or maybe we enjoy comparing our daily stats with our friends’. Maybe earning a dollar every time we show up at the fitness center is easy money in our pockets. “I’m a weird case, because you’d have to pay me not to exercise,” Pope says. “We’re just throwing out a bunch of motivational strategies. Some will work for one person or another, but none of them will work for everyone. We need all these things in our toolbox to encourage people to get out there."

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So what’s changed since 1917? The short answer: everything. Enter Chris Reamer, Outdoor Gear Exchange’s backpacking expert who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail several times over. He sports a Gandolf-sized beard and if he had a slogan, it might be, “there’s a pack for that.” This year. he notes, there’s even more cool gear than ever. We stopped by the Church Street store to see what he’d recommend. Reamer pulled a white pack off the shelves. The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider weighs in at just 28.2 oz. It looks like it’s made out of parchment paper, and it’s handmade in Maine. “My girlfriend and I are planning on doing the Pacfic Crest Trail next year, and the key out there is doing it as light as possible, so this is the pack I’ll use.” he said. “This pack isn’t going to work well with a

heavy load. With a pack like this, your base weight (which is everything you’re going to carry minus food, fuel and water) ideally would be sub-ten pounds.” Reamer walks around the store, pointing to ultra-light or ultra-comfortable gear that modern day hikers can use to make the Long Trail more enjoyable. There are roomy tents that weigh less than two pounds, sleeping bags for every condition, camp chairs that stretch to be love-seatsized, queen-sized sleeping pads, bowls, pots and sporks that all fit inside each other. Above (and on the following pages), Reamer suggests the ultimate gear packages for ultra-light hikers and minimalists and for weekend warriors who care about creature comforts. There’s everything you need for the trail… except ice cream.

THE MINIMALISTS There are plenty of reasons to go ultra-light while backpacking. Maybe you’re planning to run up to one of the Long Trail lean-tos for the night and then run back down. Maybe you’re hitting up some of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers and don’t want to be bogged down by extra weight. Maybe you just want to see how minimalist you can be. If that’s your thing, you could pack everything shown above (including pack, tent, shoes and three meals) and it wouldn’t add up to more than 7 lbs. That’s nearly a third of the weight (18 lbs) of all the gear in the Weekend Warrior section (see following page). For a pack, Reamer recommends the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider ($300), Handmade in Maine and just 1.76

pounds, it won’t add much to your base weight, and the tarpish, waxy, 100-percent waterproof material, made from Dyneema® Composite Fabrics, is more durable than it looks. The bag is completely zipper-less; three black mesh pockets on the exterior give you easy access and allow gear to dry quickly. Its roll-top closure system helps you compress the pack down vertically, and straps on the side and top help secure your gear and compress the pack even more. The tried and true dogma of ultralight hikers is this: bring multi-purpose equipment. At 1 lb. 6 oz., the two-person MSR Flylite Tent ($350) uses your trekking poles as tent poles, and even leaves plenty of room for you and a buddy. Mesh vents in the sides and back of the tent keep condensation under control, and the wide-reaching rain fly gives plenty of space

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A (R)Evolution in Backpacking A CENTURY AGO, A PACK MIGHT HAVE WEIGHED IN AT 35 LBS. TODAY, YOU CARRY EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN OVERNIGHT IN UNDER 7 LBS. HERE’S HOW. BY EMMA COTTON & LISA LYNN

During the summer of 1927, three women, nicknamed "The Three Musketeers," hiked the Long Trail using the recommended "high boots and knickers" and carrying pack baskets. We've come a long way, baby. Photo courtesy of Vermont Historical Society.

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f you’ve ever been on a multi-day hike on the Long Trail, there’s a good chance you’ve given thanks, at some point, for modern gear: Bug spray, steady packs, a waterproof tent, your cookware–it’s all relatively lightweight and convenient. And this year, thanks to new technology and modern man’s never-ending quest to be efficient, your pack of gear could be even better and lighter (a little as 7 lbs!), as you’ll see from our gear picks on the following pages. But what about people who set the trails through the Green Mountains 100 years ago? For them, the Long Trail Guidebook, first published by the Green Mountain Club in 1917, was the source of advice on what to bring: "Heavy, high shoes will be found easiest on an all day’s hike. Any of several makes of knapsacks will carry all that one really needs." This summer, knickers and leather boots made a come-back on the Long Trail. In celebration of the Long Trail Guide’s centennial edition, Mike DeBonis, president of the Green Mountain Club, hiked the trail in retro style. Carrying the 1917 guidebook,

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he followed much of the original advice, packing bread, cheese, bacon and canned fish. He waterproofed a cotton sheet to make a tarp and even wove his own pack from ash splints he carved himself. “This is fashioned after the style of the Adirondack pack basket,” he said as he showed his pack off at a trail pit-stop along the Winooski last July. “I put socks on the strapsandles. One of the challenges I had was that the leather was cutting in [to my shoulders], and I needed to have some additional padding. People were way tougher back then than I am now, that’s for sure,” he said. “One thing I’ve learned is that modern gear is amazing. It makes the trail so much more accessible.” The 1917 Long Trail Guide recommended that men wear “Shoes with hobnails, felt hat, ‘generous sized’ silk bandana, inchwide leather belt with cup attached, wool underwear, wool shirt and stout wool trousers.” For women? High, laced leather boots with “Hungarian nails,” and wool bloomers. “Upstairs, downstairs, all wool,” DeBonis said, “which is good, but on those

90-degree days, it can be a little warm.” He does admit to using modern wool though, and wore under layers from Ibex. The Long Trail—envisioned by James P. Taylor, a headmaster of the Vermont Academy for Boys at Saxton’s River—was officially born in 1910 (10 years earlier than the Appalachian Trail) after Taylor and 22 others gathered in Burlington to found the Green Mountain Club. By 1917, the first guidebook was published, and by 1920, 209 miles of trails had been completed, running from Johnson south to the Massachusetts border. The goal, stated by the newly-minted GMC, was to “make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of people.” With 700 members in the first decade, the Green Mountain Club was reaching its goal, and it kept growing. Ten years later, during the summer of 1927, the trail was made famous by “The Three Musketeers,” three women, Hilda Kurth (25 at the time), Catherine Robbins (also 25), and Kathleen Norris (18) who took on the task of hiking the entirety of the Long Trail, unaccompanied by male figures—a daring feat, back in the day. The women were an overnight

media sensation, covered by every local newspaper, all of whom printed photos of their knickers, lace-up boots and bandanas. The Vermont Historical Society later interviewed Robbins, who talks about a surprise that GMC president Taylor arranged for the women. “I heard someone yell, ‘Yoohoo!’” Robbins said. “There was a perfectly civilized man in white slacks and a white jacket, and he said, ‘I’m looking for the Three Musketeers! Come on down, I have a gallon of ice cream for you.’ Boy, did I go down that mountain fast, and sure enough, they had a whole gallon of ice cream. We ate it all up. It was terrific.” Two years later, by 1928, the Guide had updated its recommendations. “Of all the personal equipment, the most important is good shoes. They should be broken in, loose, and well oiled. Munson last army shoes are advised, better yet in all weathers, if hobnailed,” it reads. And, to the relief of women everywhere: “Women should not wear skirts, even divided skirts; riding breeches are advised, of khaki or close-woven material.”

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broad views across the water. The

reservoir

winds

through

the

mountains, filling a valley that was once home to farms and a Civilian Conservation Corps

camp.

Old

stone

foundations,

chimneys and ancient apple trees still mark the presence of an earlier time, but the hillsides that slope steeply down to the water are completely undeveloped, giving a sense of wilderness. Little River State Park is open May 19Oct. 22; remote campsites are free and firstcome, first served. vtstateparks.com Day Hikes & Bikes: The remote campsites are

all

paddle-to,

but

with

some

bushwhacking you can rejoin a trail on the western shore. Otherwise, head for Little River State Park where you can connect to a network of trails. Feeling adventurous, you can take the Dalley Loop trail to Ricker Farm Trail and connect to the Cottonbrook Trail (an old logging road) which spills out in Stowe. It’s not a difficult hike but about

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GREEN RIVER RESERVOIR STATE PARK, MORRISVILLE With 27 remote campsites that are only accessible

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Camping ethics dictate you should leave no trace and around Vermont, where many sites are on state land, that’s especially true. Make sure you know what land you are on before you go as policies change depending on whether it’s a state park, state forest, recreation area or national forest land. Here’s our cheat sheet: VERMONT STATE PARKS Most campsites in Vermont State Parks require a reservation and a fee (generally $25 for a lean-to, $18 per campsite and $5 per person at Green

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River Reservoir). However, many of the remote campsites are first-come, first-serve and free, unless there is a

policy, island campsites and 19 miles of undeveloped shoreline, Green River Reservoir was long the best-kept secret campsite in the state. Word got out and now it’s tough to get a campsite reservation on the Vermont State Parks site—and it is definitely reservation-only as the long access road has limited parking and a ranger on-site keeps close tabs. However, t is possible to get reservations if there is a last-minute cancellation, and you can also apply for a post-season permit. Score a site and you’ll be rewarded with one of the more serene camping experiences in Vermont Green River doesn’t feature the mountain views you might get from Kettle Pond or Silver Lake, but it’s squiggly, rocky coastline is dotted with a variety of hardwoods that put on a crazy-quilt show of color come fall. Beaver may wake you with their slapping tails and loons and geese are often your only neighbors. You will need to bring your own boat or SUP and with no real hiking trails, limited parking and a no-day-use policy, Green River isn’t your typical state park. But that’s why we love it. Green River Reservoir is open May 19-Columbus Day, but after Nov. 1 you can camp with a permit. vtstateparks.com or call 1.888.409.7579. Fees are $5 per person.

camping zones” where you can pitch a tent. For a list of these and other policies see fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/ home PRIMITIVE CAMPING Primitive camping is not generally allowed in Vermont State Parks, but is within designated areas of selected state lands, including state forests and wildlife management areas. To find out where or to secure a permit, check

vtstateparks.com/camping.

html#primitiveCamping If you are camping in the wild, always camp at least 100 feet away from any stream or body of water, 200 feet away from any trail or property line, and 1,000 feet away from any traveled road. Camping is limited to not more than three consecutive nights in the same area and groups

day use/entry fee to park. Check with

of eleven or more individuals must

vtstateparks.com to confirm when the

obtain a permit in order to primitive

parks are open, make reservations

camp. Make a firepit and use only

and check on policies around pets.

dead and down trees or branches for firewood.

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Camping

above

2,500

feet

FOREST

in elevation is prohibited unless

Camping in designated sites is free in

otherwise designated. Dig pits for

most of the Green Mountain National

human waste and for everything else,

Forest and on a first-come, first-serve

if you carry it in, carry it out. Leave

basis. In addition to the mapped sites,

your campsite so clean that no one

GMNF designates certain “dispersed

knew you were there.

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DO YOU HAVE THE BASIC SKILLS TO SURVIVE IN THE WILD? BY EMMA COTTON

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8"+# %(# '(!+")/0!'"(# %()# .$.# !%79# "8# *"+!*# 8+":# 3%7"(# %()# 4"++'5%(6# GH# ,'5# .%+!# "8# 1-%!#1$#!$%0-#'*#%77"1'(5#>"/#!"#+$:$:,$+# >"/+#"+'5'(%7#.+"5+%::'(5&2#3%7"(#*%')&#-'*# tone at once encouraging and gruff, like he 1'*-$)#8"+#"/+#*%9$*#!-%!#1$#%7+$%)>#9($1# !-$*$#!-'(5*6#GI"/#%77#*-%+$#%#7'($%5$#%()#%(# %(0$*!+>#1'!-#$<$+>,")>#"(#!-$#.7%($!&#%()# >"/#-%<$#1-%!#'!#!%9$*#!"#7'<$#'(#!-$#1"")*62 But it wasn’t going to be effortless. “You’ll watch Sarah start a bow drill fire, and she’s going to make it look ridiculously easy,” he said. “And then you’re going to do it, and you’re going to feel like you have four %+:*62# 3/+$# $("/5-&# %8!$+# 0%+<'(5# *.'()7$*# and notching our own wood planks, I knelt beside the fire pit. Twisting the spindle into my bow, I braced my arm against my shin %()#./*-$)#!-$#,"1#,%09#%()#8"+!-&#J/*!#7'9$# 3%+%-# -%)6# A/!# !-$# :"!'"(# 1%*# %191%+)&# J$+9>&# %()# 7$**# (%!/+%7# !-%(# 3%+%-# -%)# :%)$#'!#7""96#;-$#*.'()7$#*K/$%9$)#%5%'(*!# !-$# 1"")&# 0+$%!'(5# ,7%09# *0+%!0-$*&# ,/!# ("# flame.

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Trim culture. Corrigan and Salon roll their eyes at the mention of shows like “Survivor” and “Naked and Afraid.” Really, the couple’s desire to practice traditional skills is based in practicality. “I find that the skills save the day in a more day-to-day way,” Salon tells me, sitting on his porch a few hundred feet from the schoolhouse. “Somebody loses their dog, and I track the dog. Somebody loses their keys, and I track the person to where they were and find their keys. You went out for a picnic in which you were going to cook something, but the lighter won’t light, and I’m like, ‘actually, I could start a fire in like 15 minutes. I have a knife and I have a piece of cord–I can just make one.’” Roots, which stands for ‘Reclaiming Our Origins through Traditional Skills,’ teaches traditional craft and knowledge from crafting stone tools to basketry to animal tracking to bow building. A nine-month course called Origins, which culminates with a week-long “stone age” trip, allows students to practice living only from tools they’ve made themselves. In two days, Wilderness Self-Reliance covers the basics: shelter, water, fire and food. Salon, 35, and Corrigan, 33, started Roots ten years ago after casually teaching friends how to create bows, forage for wild edibles and make fires. For wilderness gurus, both hail from unlikely regions– Corrigan grew up in suburban New Jersey, and Salon, suburban Connecticut. “One of the things that happens in the modern world, especially growing up in the suburbs, is we have it too easy,” Salon said. “If you’re not into sports and academics aren’t doing it for you, the challenge of these skills–seeing that there’s something much, much tougher than you–I think that’s definitely kept me coming back to it.” The couple met at a wilderness school in New Jersey. Since then, they’ve traveled across the country together, attending schools and programs that teach traditional skills. Corrigan is an herbalist and a certified Wilderness First Responder; Salon designed his own Bachelor of Arts program at Goddard College in primitive bow hunting. To hone their knowledge, they read constantly, talk to experts, and plunge themselves into the history of human tradition. “In some ways I feel like we’re preserving the original manual for being a human on the planet,” Salon said. “That information used to be really common, and now everybody’s forgetting it. I feel like it’s important for somebody to be holding this knowledge: how do you skin an animal? How do you turn bark into a vessel? How do you turn skin into clothing, or a stick into a bow?”

DON’T BE AN ALIEN Before lunch on Saturday, Salon led the 16 of us on a short walk to a grassy meadow near the school’s garden. We formed a large

campsites on the northeastern shore of the pond with fire rings and picnic tables and views toward Stratton Mountain. Grout is not a deep pond—30 feet is the maximum depth—and one end of the pond is shallow and marshy (and it can be buggy in the spring and summer) but the park entrance end has an area that’s good for swimming. fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/home Day Hikes & Bikes: From the Grout Pond campsites, hike the West Trail (2.8 miles) over to Somerset Reservoir or take the East Trail (3.8 miles), which passes another smaller pond to the northeast. The terrain is mostly flat here and many of the trails can be biked. The sites are open year-round, are first-come, first serve and there’s a donation box at the entrance. Visit: fs.usda.gov and search for “Grout Pond.”

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A teen group at Roots makes a thatched conical lodge using hand-dug spruce roots. Photo courtesy of Roots

semi-circle facing Brad. This hour’s lesson: awareness. Reteaching basic human instinct, he listed off the senses. In the woods, for example, we should try to see more broadly, keeping ourselves in this so-called wide-angle vision until something calls attention. Then, zoom in, inspect the distractor, and zoom out again. This is how animals see when they move throughout the forest. “We walk with focused vision. We pick our next spot, and we go there,” he said. “The birds see that, and they make a sound signaling that there are weird predators around. Then, everything hears the birds, and those animals go away. You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail and see two squirrels and a bird because, based on the way that you were walking, you were plowing all the animals away from you.” For those on a quest to see wildlife, Salon suggests notching that quick-paced

stride down to a wandering meander. While through-hikers on the AT might be sticking to a schedule, the rest of us can relax and take slow, careful steps while practicing awareness. “When we distribute behavior that shows that we’re not paying attention to anything going on around us,” Salon said, “the animals see us as alien.”

REQUIRED EDUCATION As Saturday came to a close, I walked with a student, Teresa Dillon, from our campsite to the schoolhouse, where dinner would be served. A yoga teacher from Boston, Dillon came to Roots after learning survival skills at the Firefly Skills Gathering in North Carolina. At Roots, she hoped to learn skills that would apply to her life in New England– the types of wood that make the best fire, the best edible plants in this corner of the country, the potential dangers here, etc. “This should be required education,” she

told me. “The root of anxiety is the question ‘can I survive?’ But when we’re in nature, and when we’re learning these skills, that kind of anxiety fades away.” I knew what she meant. Roots had taught us physical skills–how to make a fire, how to carve and fold a bark container for water–but in doing so, the class showed us how far removed we are from our basic, natural instincts. As the program wrapped up, I felt almost gypped, like I was learning these skills decades too late. Corrigan and Salon served a homemade dinner with ingredients from the garden, and afterwards, students gathered around the bonfire to practice bow drill for the remainder of the night. Corrigan strolled from student to student, correcting technique. “You want to really lean over it,” she told one woman. “Put your body weight on the spindle.” At the edge of the lawn, smoke rose

Holly Knox spends a lot of time in the woods—that’s part of her job as Recreation Program Manager for the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts in the Green Mountain National Forest. But when the weekend comes along, she’s still ready to head off camping with her family. When we asked for her favorite campsites she hesitated. “Really? Give up my secrets?” she asked with a laugh. But she gave in. Chittenden Reservoir is where she and her husband Ryan and two daughters head for a quiet on-the-water campsite. The 702acre body of water is tucked high in the mountains and other than the Mountain Top Inn, which sits up on the hillside looking down on the reservoir, there’s no development or sign of civilization. At dawn, it’s not uncommon to see moose wandering down to drink at the lake and at night loons call across the water. While the waters get busy with paddlers and fishermen during the day, by evening you can glide off to one of the more remote campsites that are tucked just back (200 feet, by regulation) from the lake and feel like you have the place to yourself. “The campsites are unimproved (meaning no one technically maintains them) but campers have carved out spots around the lake and in some places, created some really cool stonework with firepits and even stone

For the ultimate quiet campsite, paddle to one of Grout Pond's remote sites midweek. Photo by Caleb Kenna

couches and tables,” says Knox. “The lake has so many nooks and crannies, you rarely see another campsite from yours.” The camping is all primitive and Knox asks that you bury all human waste and consider “adopting” a site to help maintain it. There are no reservations (get there early to improve your chances of a site) and no fees. fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/home. Day Hikes & Bikes: From the trailhead at Lefferts Pond, the 4.9 mile Round Robin trail is an easy, low-elevation trail around the Reservoir that joins mountain bike trails and heads up to the Mountain Top Inn for a 10-mile loop. Halfway around the east side of the reservoir, you leave Round Robin on the North Pond Cutoff for a short hike up to the Long Trail and views west of the reservoir and mountains. If you want to extend the hike, head south on the Long Trail which traverses the western ridge.

of the Greens in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, just above Lake Dunmore. There are two accesses. From Forest Lake Rd. you can take Silver Lake Rd. to a parking area that’s just a short (0.6 mile) downhill hike on the Goshen Trail to the lake. But for a waterfall hike, park just south of Branbury State Park on Route 53 and hike about a mile and a half up the forest road past the plunging 100-foot-tall Falls of Lana. Either way, the reward is a pristine lake with more than a dozen dispersed campsites on the eastern shores. Set up camp on a rocky outcropping beneath the pines and you’ll get the last rays of western light. The lake is stocked with trout and you might catch an eagle diving or one of the resident peregrine falcons circling overhead. Silver Lake has a seasonal campground

manager and enclosed vault toilets but no drinking water, trash or other facilities, so come prepared. On weekends, get ready for foot traffic along the trail, but the sites themselves are rarely all taken, are free and it’s first-come, first serve. moosalamoo.org Day Hikes & Bikes: The Chandler Ridge trail runs along the western ridge above Silver Lake and has spectacular views west to Lake Dunmore and across to the Adirondacks. It’s maintained as a challenging mountain

SILVER LAKE, MOOSALAMOO NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Another of Holly Knox’s favorite sites is Silver Lake. It’s hard to say what’s prettier, the hike there or the quiet lake itself, which sits tucked into the western flanks

HOW TO MAKE A WATER FILTER

While hand-made water filters will not cut biocontaminants like E. coli and giardia from your water supply, it will get rid of suspended materials like plant matter. In a best case scenario, your filter could take out abiotic materials like mercury and cyanide, but (especially for first-time filter makers), don’t count on it. Step 1. Find or make a cylindrical or cone-shaped container using white pine, basswood, elm or birch bark. Step 2. Fill the container’s opening with large pebbles, topped with grass. Step 3. Fill the container with layers of sand, charcoal, grass, more sand, topped with grass. Step 4. Place a container below the filter’s opening. Pour water through the top of the filter. Be prepared to be patient: the water will slowly drip from the filter, and may take a few hours to fully collect.

For a front row seat for foliage, it's hard to beat Green River Reservoir.Photo by

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from Dillon’s wooden plank. Carefully, she emptied the ashes into the dry leaves and bark she had gathered into a tinder bundle. Cupping the mass in her hands, she blew slowly, once, twice, three times. Then, suddenly, a flame popped from the embers.

MAKE A BARK WATER CONTAINER

Maiana and Lenora Mohr take a fall school break for a little paddle-to camping in Groton State Forest. Photo by Brian Mohr/EmberPhoto.

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t’s September. Kids are back in school. The black flies and mosquitoes have grown lethargic. Even on cooler mornings, the fresh water of the lake feels soft and warm on bare skin as you slide a toe in to test it. The only thing disrupting the glassy silence of the lake before you is the call of migrating geese as they come in for a splashdown. While the rest of the world is coming to Vermont to blaze a trail up Mt. Mansfield or Stratton Mountain, we like to hide. Well, not exactly hide. But it’s the time of year we try to get off the roads, avoid the most popular trails and escape to the quieter corners of the state to set up camp. We polled our staff, as well as experts such as Green Mountain National Forest Recreation Manager Holly Knox and Rochelle Skinner of Vermont State Parks to find their favorite sites around the state. What we came up with is a list of truly quiet waterfront campsites—places where no RV will hook up next to you. These are sites where at night the only sounds will be the long mournful call of loons and the brightest light in the night sky is the sparkle of the Milky Way. Many of these sites are easily accessed by canoe, or for the confident, SUP. Most also have trails with enough variety,

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Some of Waterbury Reservoir's remote campsites even feature their own beaches. Photo by Jesse Schloff

challenge and terrain to burn off the s’mores you roasted the night before. Best of all, these are all prime spots for foliage, many with outcroppings or cliffs you can hike to. Pitch a tent, start a fire, kick up your feet, watch for moose and count shooting stars. It’s your chance to savor the last warm days of the season. And if you are a planner, keep in mind that you can reserve a Vermont State Park site 11 months ahead. So if you really want that primo waterfront site for next August, reserve now.

GROUT POND, GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST (SOUTH) One of Vermont’s wildest areas lies in the 200,000-acre section of Green Mountain National Forest between Bennington and Stratton. The mountains rise up and then flatten to what feels almost like an alpine plateau. Here you’ll find Vermont’s largest wild lake (meaning, a lake that doesn’t cross state borders and has no development along its shores), Somerset Reservoir. The five-mile long reservoir is both a

paddler’s and a hiker’s dream, with more than 12 islands to explore, 16 miles of shoreline and miles of trails spiderwebbing out from it. There’s a 10 mph speed limit on the water so boat traffic is limited. The one downside: camping is not permitted here. But just a short hike away, it is at Grout Pond Recreation Area. Don’t let the name fool you: at 86 acres, Grout Pond feels more like a small lake, and there’s no sign of grout anywhere. It isn’t the most secret spot in southern Vermont, but as the air turns crisp, the summer crowds disperse and come sunset, the day hikers head home. If you time it right, you can snag one of the hike-to (or paddle-to) shoreside campsites and settle in for the night. “We sort of found it by accident looking at a map one day,” says Caleb Kenna, a professional photographer from Brandon who has canoed many of Vermont’s waterways, including the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. “It’s this little gem that not too many people seem to know about and it was easy to paddle to a secluded campsite.” Near the host cabin there are 6 drive-up campsites, a day-use area and toilets as well as drinking water. But don’t stop there. If you follow the relatively flat Pond Loop trail (or have a canoe or SUP), you’ll find 11 more

Hopefully, you’ll never find yourself in the woods without a container for water. But if your stove or heatproof water container is the victim of a midnight bear robbery (not a totally unlikely scenario), you’ll need to improvise. Step 1: Identify a small tree with soft, workable bark. Birch, pine and basswood work well. Step 2: Find an easily-accessible area of the tree without knots or branches. Using a sharp knife, carve a vertical line about five inches long into the trunk. Your knife should cut about a quarter-inch deep, through the first layer of bark. Along the top and bottom of the vertical cut, carve two lines around the circumference of the tree, keeping your knife a quarterinch deep, so that the cuts create two horizontal flaps. When you’ve cut around the entire tree, peel the bark back from the vertical cut. If your cuts are deep enough, you should be able to remove the bark easily. You should have a rectangular piece of bark. Step 3: On the outside of the bark, carve shallow lines diagonally from the corners. Fold the corners of the bark on these lines, pinching them together as if you’re wrapping a present. To hold the corners in place, cut small, sturdy pieces of branch and split them to the middle to make pins. Pin the corners to the side of the bark container. Step 4: Fill your container with water. Make a fire, and place a few stones into it. When the stones are hot, carefully move them (using sticks) into the bark container, keeping a safe distance in case the hot water splashes. Allow the water to boil. Pro tip: Avoid rocks that have been sitting in water for a prolonged period of time as the air bubbles in them may cause them to explode.

MAKE A FIRE WITH BOW DRILL

STEP 1. Collect your materials. The simplest bow drill kit consists of a bow, a spindle, a handhold, a board and a bundle of tinder. You’ll need a sharp carving knife to create some of these components. The bow: Find or cut a live, sturdy but lightweight branch about the width of your index finger and about as long as the space between your finger tips and elbow. Split both ends of the branch two inches down, and tie a cord into the splits using a square knot. The cord can be nylon, cotton, leather or rawhide and should be one and a half times the length of your bow. When you’ve connected the cord to the branch, the bow should bend slightly, and the cord should be taut. The spindle: The spindle and the board should be made from the same type of dead, dry wood so that they burn at an even pace when you apply friction. Find a soft, non-resinous wood, like cedar or basswood. Take a thin piece of this wood and carve it into a straight dowel that measures about nine inches long and one inch in diameter. Carve the last inch of each end into sharp points. The board: By the time you’ve used the board for several fires, it will loosely resemble the board game Mancal—a flat piece of wood with lines of marble-sized indents. Using the same type of wood you used for the spindle (dead and dry), find a branch that measures about three to fours inches in diameter, and split it evenly down the middle. Continue to split the branch until you have a flat board, about one inch thick and three inches wide. Carve the board’s face to remove any protrusions. When the face is relatively smooth, carve a small, round indent the size of your spindle’s point about a half-inch from the edge of the board. The handhold: You’ll hold this atop the rotating spindle to keep it steady and protect your hand from burns. To make a handhold from a branch, cut it to the size of your palm and then split in half. Carve a small depression into the center of the flat side where the tip of the spindle will go. A smooth, palm-sized stone

with a small depression on its underside works well as a handhold, too. The tinder: The tinder bundle is the first “food” a fire will consume, and an effective bundle will help start your fire quickly. Gather a large handful of dry, fibrous material. The more surface area per mass, the better. You can use dead grass and leaves, dry pine needles, and dead inner bark from fibrous trees like poplar, cedar and oak. Dead plants like milkweed, dogbane and stinging nettle can create the same fibrous effect. Be sure to avoid dangerous materials, like poison ivy vines, which are harmful to breathe when burned. To construct the bundle, shred your tinder into strings. Buff the fibers by holding them lengthwise and moving your hands in a bicycle motion. Work the largest fibers into the shape of a bird’s nest, and place the small remaining dusty bits into the nest’s center. STEP 2. Make the fire. The bow drill helps you create a friction fire that’s made when the downward-facing spindle point is ground into the wooden board. You’ll use your bow to spin the spindle, which creates friction. With the proper form, that friction will create an ember, which you’ll place in your tinder bundle to make a flame. Proper positioning: Kneel on the ground with one leg straight back. Place your right foot on the board, just to the left of the indent where your spindle will go. Twist your spindle into the bow so that it’s looped on the outside of the bow’s cordage, then place the spindle, with the hand hold on top of it, into the board’s indent with your left hand. Bracing your left wrist against your upright shin, place your body weight on top of the spindle and handhold. Create friction: Gripping the curved bow with your right hand, push the bow back and forth to grind the spindle into the board. Move your arm quickly and fluidly, avoiding jerky movements and pauses. When the board starts to smoke, pull the spindle away, and empty the smoky dust you’ve created onto a small, flat scrap of wood or stone. Don’t discard this dust—you’ll need it later. Carve a notch: Using your knife, carve a triangular notch into the side of your board. The notch should look like an arrow pointing to the center of the hole you just drilled into the board. Be sure that the notch reaches the hole. You should have an entire triangular gap in the board when you’re finished. Create an ember: Place the triangular notch in your board on top of the flat piece of wood or stone with your dust. Resume the bow drill position, and drill the spindle into the board at a fast pace. You should see dark solids oozing from the notch. When you see smoke, remove the spindle and carefully tap the loose matter– your ember–on top of the dust. Move the ember to your tinder bundle and close the tinder loosely around it. Blow on the ember until you see a flame.

HOW TO KILL WATERBORNE PATHOGENS If you’re on a wilderness trip in New England, your two biggest potential dangers are hypothermia and unsafe water. Water from Vermont rivers, lakes and streams is not safe to drink without treatment. Biological contaminants from farm animals, sewers and boat toilets, to name a few, can give you a nasty bout of any of the diseases below. Whenever possible, find a spring (water that’s coming directly out of the ground), or water that’s clear and moving quickly. When in doubt, boil your water. Water’s boiling point is 212ºF, a temperature that will kill any of the common waterborne diseases in New England. Parasites (like giardia and cryptosporidium): Die at 131ºF Bacteria (like cholera, E.coli, salmonella, roto virus): Die at 140ºF Hepatitis A: Dies at185ºF To learn more of these skills and classes, visit rootsvt.com

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from Dillon’s wooden plank. Carefully, she emptied the ashes into the dry leaves and bark she had gathered into a tinder bundle. Cupping the mass in her hands, she blew slowly, once, twice, three times. Then, suddenly, a flame popped from the embers.

MAKE A BARK WATER CONTAINER

Maiana and Lenora Mohr take a fall school break for a little paddle-to camping in Groton State Forest. Photo by Brian Mohr/EmberPhoto.

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t’s September. Kids are back in school. The black flies and mosquitoes have grown lethargic. Even on cooler mornings, the fresh water of the lake feels soft and warm on bare skin as you slide a toe in to test it. The only thing disrupting the glassy silence of the lake before you is the call of migrating geese as they come in for a splashdown. While the rest of the world is coming to Vermont to blaze a trail up Mt. Mansfield or Stratton Mountain, we like to hide. Well, not exactly hide. But it’s the time of year we try to get off the roads, avoid the most popular trails and escape to the quieter corners of the state to set up camp. We polled our staff, as well as experts such as Green Mountain National Forest Recreation Manager Holly Knox and Rochelle Skinner of Vermont State Parks to find their favorite sites around the state. What we came up with is a list of truly quiet waterfront campsites—places where no RV will hook up next to you. These are sites where at night the only sounds will be the long mournful call of loons and the brightest light in the night sky is the sparkle of the Milky Way. Many of these sites are easily accessed by canoe, or for the confident, SUP. Most also have trails with enough variety,

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Some of Waterbury Reservoir's remote campsites even feature their own beaches. Photo by Jesse Schloff

challenge and terrain to burn off the s’mores you roasted the night before. Best of all, these are all prime spots for foliage, many with outcroppings or cliffs you can hike to. Pitch a tent, start a fire, kick up your feet, watch for moose and count shooting stars. It’s your chance to savor the last warm days of the season. And if you are a planner, keep in mind that you can reserve a Vermont State Park site 11 months ahead. So if you really want that primo waterfront site for next August, reserve now.

GROUT POND, GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST (SOUTH) One of Vermont’s wildest areas lies in the 200,000-acre section of Green Mountain National Forest between Bennington and Stratton. The mountains rise up and then flatten to what feels almost like an alpine plateau. Here you’ll find Vermont’s largest wild lake (meaning, a lake that doesn’t cross state borders and has no development along its shores), Somerset Reservoir. The five-mile long reservoir is both a

paddler’s and a hiker’s dream, with more than 12 islands to explore, 16 miles of shoreline and miles of trails spiderwebbing out from it. There’s a 10 mph speed limit on the water so boat traffic is limited. The one downside: camping is not permitted here. But just a short hike away, it is at Grout Pond Recreation Area. Don’t let the name fool you: at 86 acres, Grout Pond feels more like a small lake, and there’s no sign of grout anywhere. It isn’t the most secret spot in southern Vermont, but as the air turns crisp, the summer crowds disperse and come sunset, the day hikers head home. If you time it right, you can snag one of the hike-to (or paddle-to) shoreside campsites and settle in for the night. “We sort of found it by accident looking at a map one day,” says Caleb Kenna, a professional photographer from Brandon who has canoed many of Vermont’s waterways, including the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. “It’s this little gem that not too many people seem to know about and it was easy to paddle to a secluded campsite.” Near the host cabin there are 6 drive-up campsites, a day-use area and toilets as well as drinking water. But don’t stop there. If you follow the relatively flat Pond Loop trail (or have a canoe or SUP), you’ll find 11 more

Hopefully, you’ll never find yourself in the woods without a container for water. But if your stove or heatproof water container is the victim of a midnight bear robbery (not a totally unlikely scenario), you’ll need to improvise. Step 1: Identify a small tree with soft, workable bark. Birch, pine and basswood work well. Step 2: Find an easily-accessible area of the tree without knots or branches. Using a sharp knife, carve a vertical line about five inches long into the trunk. Your knife should cut about a quarter-inch deep, through the first layer of bark. Along the top and bottom of the vertical cut, carve two lines around the circumference of the tree, keeping your knife a quarterinch deep, so that the cuts create two horizontal flaps. When you’ve cut around the entire tree, peel the bark back from the vertical cut. If your cuts are deep enough, you should be able to remove the bark easily. You should have a rectangular piece of bark. Step 3: On the outside of the bark, carve shallow lines diagonally from the corners. Fold the corners of the bark on these lines, pinching them together as if you’re wrapping a present. To hold the corners in place, cut small, sturdy pieces of branch and split them to the middle to make pins. Pin the corners to the side of the bark container. Step 4: Fill your container with water. Make a fire, and place a few stones into it. When the stones are hot, carefully move them (using sticks) into the bark container, keeping a safe distance in case the hot water splashes. Allow the water to boil. Pro tip: Avoid rocks that have been sitting in water for a prolonged period of time as the air bubbles in them may cause them to explode.

MAKE A FIRE WITH BOW DRILL

STEP 1. Collect your materials. The simplest bow drill kit consists of a bow, a spindle, a handhold, a board and a bundle of tinder. You’ll need a sharp carving knife to create some of these components. The bow: Find or cut a live, sturdy but lightweight branch about the width of your index finger and about as long as the space between your finger tips and elbow. Split both ends of the branch two inches down, and tie a cord into the splits using a square knot. The cord can be nylon, cotton, leather or rawhide and should be one and a half times the length of your bow. When you’ve connected the cord to the branch, the bow should bend slightly, and the cord should be taut. The spindle: The spindle and the board should be made from the same type of dead, dry wood so that they burn at an even pace when you apply friction. Find a soft, non-resinous wood, like cedar or basswood. Take a thin piece of this wood and carve it into a straight dowel that measures about nine inches long and one inch in diameter. Carve the last inch of each end into sharp points. The board: By the time you’ve used the board for several fires, it will loosely resemble the board game Mancal—a flat piece of wood with lines of marble-sized indents. Using the same type of wood you used for the spindle (dead and dry), find a branch that measures about three to fours inches in diameter, and split it evenly down the middle. Continue to split the branch until you have a flat board, about one inch thick and three inches wide. Carve the board’s face to remove any protrusions. When the face is relatively smooth, carve a small, round indent the size of your spindle’s point about a half-inch from the edge of the board. The handhold: You’ll hold this atop the rotating spindle to keep it steady and protect your hand from burns. To make a handhold from a branch, cut it to the size of your palm and then split in half. Carve a small depression into the center of the flat side where the tip of the spindle will go. A smooth, palm-sized stone

with a small depression on its underside works well as a handhold, too. The tinder: The tinder bundle is the first “food” a fire will consume, and an effective bundle will help start your fire quickly. Gather a large handful of dry, fibrous material. The more surface area per mass, the better. You can use dead grass and leaves, dry pine needles, and dead inner bark from fibrous trees like poplar, cedar and oak. Dead plants like milkweed, dogbane and stinging nettle can create the same fibrous effect. Be sure to avoid dangerous materials, like poison ivy vines, which are harmful to breathe when burned. To construct the bundle, shred your tinder into strings. Buff the fibers by holding them lengthwise and moving your hands in a bicycle motion. Work the largest fibers into the shape of a bird’s nest, and place the small remaining dusty bits into the nest’s center. STEP 2. Make the fire. The bow drill helps you create a friction fire that’s made when the downward-facing spindle point is ground into the wooden board. You’ll use your bow to spin the spindle, which creates friction. With the proper form, that friction will create an ember, which you’ll place in your tinder bundle to make a flame. Proper positioning: Kneel on the ground with one leg straight back. Place your right foot on the board, just to the left of the indent where your spindle will go. Twist your spindle into the bow so that it’s looped on the outside of the bow’s cordage, then place the spindle, with the hand hold on top of it, into the board’s indent with your left hand. Bracing your left wrist against your upright shin, place your body weight on top of the spindle and handhold. Create friction: Gripping the curved bow with your right hand, push the bow back and forth to grind the spindle into the board. Move your arm quickly and fluidly, avoiding jerky movements and pauses. When the board starts to smoke, pull the spindle away, and empty the smoky dust you’ve created onto a small, flat scrap of wood or stone. Don’t discard this dust—you’ll need it later. Carve a notch: Using your knife, carve a triangular notch into the side of your board. The notch should look like an arrow pointing to the center of the hole you just drilled into the board. Be sure that the notch reaches the hole. You should have an entire triangular gap in the board when you’re finished. Create an ember: Place the triangular notch in your board on top of the flat piece of wood or stone with your dust. Resume the bow drill position, and drill the spindle into the board at a fast pace. You should see dark solids oozing from the notch. When you see smoke, remove the spindle and carefully tap the loose matter– your ember–on top of the dust. Move the ember to your tinder bundle and close the tinder loosely around it. Blow on the ember until you see a flame.

HOW TO KILL WATERBORNE PATHOGENS If you’re on a wilderness trip in New England, your two biggest potential dangers are hypothermia and unsafe water. Water from Vermont rivers, lakes and streams is not safe to drink without treatment. Biological contaminants from farm animals, sewers and boat toilets, to name a few, can give you a nasty bout of any of the diseases below. Whenever possible, find a spring (water that’s coming directly out of the ground), or water that’s clear and moving quickly. When in doubt, boil your water. Water’s boiling point is 212ºF, a temperature that will kill any of the common waterborne diseases in New England. Parasites (like giardia and cryptosporidium): Die at 131ºF Bacteria (like cholera, E.coli, salmonella, roto virus): Die at 140ºF Hepatitis A: Dies at185ºF To learn more of these skills and classes, visit rootsvt.com

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Trim culture. Corrigan and Salon roll their eyes at the mention of shows like “Survivor” and “Naked and Afraid.” Really, the couple’s desire to practice traditional skills is based in practicality. “I find that the skills save the day in a more day-to-day way,” Salon tells me, sitting on his porch a few hundred feet from the schoolhouse. “Somebody loses their dog, and I track the dog. Somebody loses their keys, and I track the person to where they were and find their keys. You went out for a picnic in which you were going to cook something, but the lighter won’t light, and I’m like, ‘actually, I could start a fire in like 15 minutes. I have a knife and I have a piece of cord–I can just make one.’” Roots, which stands for ‘Reclaiming Our Origins through Traditional Skills,’ teaches traditional craft and knowledge from crafting stone tools to basketry to animal tracking to bow building. A nine-month course called Origins, which culminates with a week-long “stone age” trip, allows students to practice living only from tools they’ve made themselves. In two days, Wilderness Self-Reliance covers the basics: shelter, water, fire and food. Salon, 35, and Corrigan, 33, started Roots ten years ago after casually teaching friends how to create bows, forage for wild edibles and make fires. For wilderness gurus, both hail from unlikely regions– Corrigan grew up in suburban New Jersey, and Salon, suburban Connecticut. “One of the things that happens in the modern world, especially growing up in the suburbs, is we have it too easy,” Salon said. “If you’re not into sports and academics aren’t doing it for you, the challenge of these skills–seeing that there’s something much, much tougher than you–I think that’s definitely kept me coming back to it.” The couple met at a wilderness school in New Jersey. Since then, they’ve traveled across the country together, attending schools and programs that teach traditional skills. Corrigan is an herbalist and a certified Wilderness First Responder; Salon designed his own Bachelor of Arts program at Goddard College in primitive bow hunting. To hone their knowledge, they read constantly, talk to experts, and plunge themselves into the history of human tradition. “In some ways I feel like we’re preserving the original manual for being a human on the planet,” Salon said. “That information used to be really common, and now everybody’s forgetting it. I feel like it’s important for somebody to be holding this knowledge: how do you skin an animal? How do you turn bark into a vessel? How do you turn skin into clothing, or a stick into a bow?”

DON’T BE AN ALIEN Before lunch on Saturday, Salon led the 16 of us on a short walk to a grassy meadow near the school’s garden. We formed a large

campsites on the northeastern shore of the pond with fire rings and picnic tables and views toward Stratton Mountain. Grout is not a deep pond—30 feet is the maximum depth—and one end of the pond is shallow and marshy (and it can be buggy in the spring and summer) but the park entrance end has an area that’s good for swimming. fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/home Day Hikes & Bikes: From the Grout Pond campsites, hike the West Trail (2.8 miles) over to Somerset Reservoir or take the East Trail (3.8 miles), which passes another smaller pond to the northeast. The terrain is mostly flat here and many of the trails can be biked. The sites are open year-round, are first-come, first serve and there’s a donation box at the entrance. Visit: fs.usda.gov and search for “Grout Pond.”

CHITTENDEN RESERVOIR, GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST

A teen group at Roots makes a thatched conical lodge using hand-dug spruce roots. Photo courtesy of Roots

semi-circle facing Brad. This hour’s lesson: awareness. Reteaching basic human instinct, he listed off the senses. In the woods, for example, we should try to see more broadly, keeping ourselves in this so-called wide-angle vision until something calls attention. Then, zoom in, inspect the distractor, and zoom out again. This is how animals see when they move throughout the forest. “We walk with focused vision. We pick our next spot, and we go there,” he said. “The birds see that, and they make a sound signaling that there are weird predators around. Then, everything hears the birds, and those animals go away. You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail and see two squirrels and a bird because, based on the way that you were walking, you were plowing all the animals away from you.” For those on a quest to see wildlife, Salon suggests notching that quick-paced

stride down to a wandering meander. While through-hikers on the AT might be sticking to a schedule, the rest of us can relax and take slow, careful steps while practicing awareness. “When we distribute behavior that shows that we’re not paying attention to anything going on around us,” Salon said, “the animals see us as alien.”

REQUIRED EDUCATION As Saturday came to a close, I walked with a student, Teresa Dillon, from our campsite to the schoolhouse, where dinner would be served. A yoga teacher from Boston, Dillon came to Roots after learning survival skills at the Firefly Skills Gathering in North Carolina. At Roots, she hoped to learn skills that would apply to her life in New England– the types of wood that make the best fire, the best edible plants in this corner of the country, the potential dangers here, etc. “This should be required education,” she

told me. “The root of anxiety is the question ‘can I survive?’ But when we’re in nature, and when we’re learning these skills, that kind of anxiety fades away.” I knew what she meant. Roots had taught us physical skills–how to make a fire, how to carve and fold a bark container for water–but in doing so, the class showed us how far removed we are from our basic, natural instincts. As the program wrapped up, I felt almost gypped, like I was learning these skills decades too late. Corrigan and Salon served a homemade dinner with ingredients from the garden, and afterwards, students gathered around the bonfire to practice bow drill for the remainder of the night. Corrigan strolled from student to student, correcting technique. “You want to really lean over it,” she told one woman. “Put your body weight on the spindle.” At the edge of the lawn, smoke rose

Holly Knox spends a lot of time in the woods—that’s part of her job as Recreation Program Manager for the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts in the Green Mountain National Forest. But when the weekend comes along, she’s still ready to head off camping with her family. When we asked for her favorite campsites she hesitated. “Really? Give up my secrets?” she asked with a laugh. But she gave in. Chittenden Reservoir is where she and her husband Ryan and two daughters head for a quiet on-the-water campsite. The 702acre body of water is tucked high in the mountains and other than the Mountain Top Inn, which sits up on the hillside looking down on the reservoir, there’s no development or sign of civilization. At dawn, it’s not uncommon to see moose wandering down to drink at the lake and at night loons call across the water. While the waters get busy with paddlers and fishermen during the day, by evening you can glide off to one of the more remote campsites that are tucked just back (200 feet, by regulation) from the lake and feel like you have the place to yourself. “The campsites are unimproved (meaning no one technically maintains them) but campers have carved out spots around the lake and in some places, created some really cool stonework with firepits and even stone

For the ultimate quiet campsite, paddle to one of Grout Pond's remote sites midweek. Photo by Caleb Kenna

couches and tables,” says Knox. “The lake has so many nooks and crannies, you rarely see another campsite from yours.” The camping is all primitive and Knox asks that you bury all human waste and consider “adopting” a site to help maintain it. There are no reservations (get there early to improve your chances of a site) and no fees. fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/home. Day Hikes & Bikes: From the trailhead at Lefferts Pond, the 4.9 mile Round Robin trail is an easy, low-elevation trail around the Reservoir that joins mountain bike trails and heads up to the Mountain Top Inn for a 10-mile loop. Halfway around the east side of the reservoir, you leave Round Robin on the North Pond Cutoff for a short hike up to the Long Trail and views west of the reservoir and mountains. If you want to extend the hike, head south on the Long Trail which traverses the western ridge.

of the Greens in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, just above Lake Dunmore. There are two accesses. From Forest Lake Rd. you can take Silver Lake Rd. to a parking area that’s just a short (0.6 mile) downhill hike on the Goshen Trail to the lake. But for a waterfall hike, park just south of Branbury State Park on Route 53 and hike about a mile and a half up the forest road past the plunging 100-foot-tall Falls of Lana. Either way, the reward is a pristine lake with more than a dozen dispersed campsites on the eastern shores. Set up camp on a rocky outcropping beneath the pines and you’ll get the last rays of western light. The lake is stocked with trout and you might catch an eagle diving or one of the resident peregrine falcons circling overhead. Silver Lake has a seasonal campground

manager and enclosed vault toilets but no drinking water, trash or other facilities, so come prepared. On weekends, get ready for foot traffic along the trail, but the sites themselves are rarely all taken, are free and it’s first-come, first serve. moosalamoo.org Day Hikes & Bikes: The Chandler Ridge trail runs along the western ridge above Silver Lake and has spectacular views west to Lake Dunmore and across to the Adirondacks. It’s maintained as a challenging mountain

SILVER LAKE, MOOSALAMOO NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Another of Holly Knox’s favorite sites is Silver Lake. It’s hard to say what’s prettier, the hike there or the quiet lake itself, which sits tucked into the western flanks

HOW TO MAKE A WATER FILTER

While hand-made water filters will not cut biocontaminants like E. coli and giardia from your water supply, it will get rid of suspended materials like plant matter. In a best case scenario, your filter could take out abiotic materials like mercury and cyanide, but (especially for first-time filter makers), don’t count on it. Step 1. Find or make a cylindrical or cone-shaped container using white pine, basswood, elm or birch bark. Step 2. Fill the container’s opening with large pebbles, topped with grass. Step 3. Fill the container with layers of sand, charcoal, grass, more sand, topped with grass. Step 4. Place a container below the filter’s opening. Pour water through the top of the filter. Be prepared to be patient: the water will slowly drip from the filter, and may take a few hours to fully collect.

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broad views across the water. The

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mountains, filling a valley that was once home to farms and a Civilian Conservation Corps

camp.

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stone

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chimneys and ancient apple trees still mark the presence of an earlier time, but the hillsides that slope steeply down to the water are completely undeveloped, giving a sense of wilderness. Little River State Park is open May 19Oct. 22; remote campsites are free and firstcome, first served. vtstateparks.com Day Hikes & Bikes: The remote campsites are

all

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bushwhacking you can rejoin a trail on the western shore. Otherwise, head for Little River State Park where you can connect to a network of trails. Feeling adventurous, you can take the Dalley Loop trail to Ricker Farm Trail and connect to the Cottonbrook Trail (an old logging road) which spills out in Stowe. It’s not a difficult hike but about

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Camping ethics dictate you should leave no trace and around Vermont, where many sites are on state land, that’s especially true. Make sure you know what land you are on before you go as policies change depending on whether it’s a state park, state forest, recreation area or national forest land. Here’s our cheat sheet: VERMONT STATE PARKS Most campsites in Vermont State Parks require a reservation and a fee (generally $25 for a lean-to, $18 per campsite and $5 per person at Green

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River Reservoir). However, many of the remote campsites are first-come, first-serve and free, unless there is a

policy, island campsites and 19 miles of undeveloped shoreline, Green River Reservoir was long the best-kept secret campsite in the state. Word got out and now it’s tough to get a campsite reservation on the Vermont State Parks site—and it is definitely reservation-only as the long access road has limited parking and a ranger on-site keeps close tabs. However, t is possible to get reservations if there is a last-minute cancellation, and you can also apply for a post-season permit. Score a site and you’ll be rewarded with one of the more serene camping experiences in Vermont Green River doesn’t feature the mountain views you might get from Kettle Pond or Silver Lake, but it’s squiggly, rocky coastline is dotted with a variety of hardwoods that put on a crazy-quilt show of color come fall. Beaver may wake you with their slapping tails and loons and geese are often your only neighbors. You will need to bring your own boat or SUP and with no real hiking trails, limited parking and a no-day-use policy, Green River isn’t your typical state park. But that’s why we love it. Green River Reservoir is open May 19-Columbus Day, but after Nov. 1 you can camp with a permit. vtstateparks.com or call 1.888.409.7579. Fees are $5 per person.

camping zones” where you can pitch a tent. For a list of these and other policies see fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/ home PRIMITIVE CAMPING Primitive camping is not generally allowed in Vermont State Parks, but is within designated areas of selected state lands, including state forests and wildlife management areas. To find out where or to secure a permit, check

vtstateparks.com/camping.

html#primitiveCamping If you are camping in the wild, always camp at least 100 feet away from any stream or body of water, 200 feet away from any trail or property line, and 1,000 feet away from any traveled road. Camping is limited to not more than three consecutive nights in the same area and groups

day use/entry fee to park. Check with

of eleven or more individuals must

vtstateparks.com to confirm when the

obtain a permit in order to primitive

parks are open, make reservations

camp. Make a firepit and use only

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A (R)Evolution in Backpacking A CENTURY AGO, A PACK MIGHT HAVE WEIGHED IN AT 35 LBS. TODAY, YOU CARRY EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN OVERNIGHT IN UNDER 7 LBS. HERE’S HOW. BY EMMA COTTON & LISA LYNN

During the summer of 1927, three women, nicknamed "The Three Musketeers," hiked the Long Trail using the recommended "high boots and knickers" and carrying pack baskets. We've come a long way, baby. Photo courtesy of Vermont Historical Society.

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f you’ve ever been on a multi-day hike on the Long Trail, there’s a good chance you’ve given thanks, at some point, for modern gear: Bug spray, steady packs, a waterproof tent, your cookware–it’s all relatively lightweight and convenient. And this year, thanks to new technology and modern man’s never-ending quest to be efficient, your pack of gear could be even better and lighter (a little as 7 lbs!), as you’ll see from our gear picks on the following pages. But what about people who set the trails through the Green Mountains 100 years ago? For them, the Long Trail Guidebook, first published by the Green Mountain Club in 1917, was the source of advice on what to bring: "Heavy, high shoes will be found easiest on an all day’s hike. Any of several makes of knapsacks will carry all that one really needs." This summer, knickers and leather boots made a come-back on the Long Trail. In celebration of the Long Trail Guide’s centennial edition, Mike DeBonis, president of the Green Mountain Club, hiked the trail in retro style. Carrying the 1917 guidebook,

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he followed much of the original advice, packing bread, cheese, bacon and canned fish. He waterproofed a cotton sheet to make a tarp and even wove his own pack from ash splints he carved himself. “This is fashioned after the style of the Adirondack pack basket,” he said as he showed his pack off at a trail pit-stop along the Winooski last July. “I put socks on the strapsandles. One of the challenges I had was that the leather was cutting in [to my shoulders], and I needed to have some additional padding. People were way tougher back then than I am now, that’s for sure,” he said. “One thing I’ve learned is that modern gear is amazing. It makes the trail so much more accessible.” The 1917 Long Trail Guide recommended that men wear “Shoes with hobnails, felt hat, ‘generous sized’ silk bandana, inchwide leather belt with cup attached, wool underwear, wool shirt and stout wool trousers.” For women? High, laced leather boots with “Hungarian nails,” and wool bloomers. “Upstairs, downstairs, all wool,” DeBonis said, “which is good, but on those

90-degree days, it can be a little warm.” He does admit to using modern wool though, and wore under layers from Ibex. The Long Trail—envisioned by James P. Taylor, a headmaster of the Vermont Academy for Boys at Saxton’s River—was officially born in 1910 (10 years earlier than the Appalachian Trail) after Taylor and 22 others gathered in Burlington to found the Green Mountain Club. By 1917, the first guidebook was published, and by 1920, 209 miles of trails had been completed, running from Johnson south to the Massachusetts border. The goal, stated by the newly-minted GMC, was to “make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of people.” With 700 members in the first decade, the Green Mountain Club was reaching its goal, and it kept growing. Ten years later, during the summer of 1927, the trail was made famous by “The Three Musketeers,” three women, Hilda Kurth (25 at the time), Catherine Robbins (also 25), and Kathleen Norris (18) who took on the task of hiking the entirety of the Long Trail, unaccompanied by male figures—a daring feat, back in the day. The women were an overnight

media sensation, covered by every local newspaper, all of whom printed photos of their knickers, lace-up boots and bandanas. The Vermont Historical Society later interviewed Robbins, who talks about a surprise that GMC president Taylor arranged for the women. “I heard someone yell, ‘Yoohoo!’” Robbins said. “There was a perfectly civilized man in white slacks and a white jacket, and he said, ‘I’m looking for the Three Musketeers! Come on down, I have a gallon of ice cream for you.’ Boy, did I go down that mountain fast, and sure enough, they had a whole gallon of ice cream. We ate it all up. It was terrific.” Two years later, by 1928, the Guide had updated its recommendations. “Of all the personal equipment, the most important is good shoes. They should be broken in, loose, and well oiled. Munson last army shoes are advised, better yet in all weathers, if hobnailed,” it reads. And, to the relief of women everywhere: “Women should not wear skirts, even divided skirts; riding breeches are advised, of khaki or close-woven material.”

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When she's not running, UVM researcher Lizzy Pope studies what motivates people to work out. Photo courtesy Lizzie Pope In the mornings, the kids log into Camp Conquer on their computers to load up their water balloons and choose strategic positions in the game’s virtual playing field. Then, in the middle of the day, the fight automatically plays out. Usually, the team with the most and best water balloons– meaning the team that has collectively taken the most steps–wins. Pope wants to know if the game will motivate these high schoolers, who are mandated by Vermont State Law to exercise for at least 30 minutes during the school day, to exercise more than they normally would. She won’t see the results for another few months, but if it works, she hopes the game will be worked into school curriculums around the state. “Kids are on their screens a lot as it is, so if they’re going to play games, why not play this game, where the currency comes from being active?” she said. But as with any fitness app, in order to make the game effective, it needed motivational tools that were strong enough to pull kids away from other temptations— phones, friends, sleeping—and make them want to exercise. With adults, that extrinsic motivation may come from money, but for teenagers, it’s socializing. Pope and Dibble designed the game so that team members succeed when more people participate. Plus, the players who bring in the most gold coins get the title “MVP,” which comes with an honorary gem. Pope admits that it seems a bit backwards to use a screen as a gateway to exercise, but if it creates a habit, she says she’s done her job. “The hope is that you can get someone intrinsically motivated to exercise, but realistically, research has shown that for some people, you need to try to increase their extrinsic motivation by providing outside rewards,” she said. Pope has tested this theory with other studies, one of which involved paying firstyear college students to go to the gym.

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Over a course of two semesters, she split 117 first-year college students into three groups: a group that received no incentive for going to the gym, a group that received $5 for each gym visit in the first semester and no incentive in the second semester, and a group that received $5 per gym visit both semesters. Pope measured gym visits when the students used their IDs to swipe into the fitness center. It worked: 62 percent of the students who were paid to work out met their fitness goals, while only 13 percent of the control group, which was not receiving incentive, met their goals. But through surveys, she also found that the incentivized students were happy with the way they felt while going to the gym, indicating that the students had gained intrinsic motivation to be physically fit. “It appears that provision and then discontinuation of monetary incentives did not negatively impact intrinsic motives to exercise for our participants,” her study concludes. For Pope, that’s reason enough to keep the incentives coming. “I think about the American population, and how important good exercise is to good health, and also mental health, and we’re just not doing it,” she says. “So then it’s like, why not incentivize it?” Then there are those of us who don’t need incentives—the endorphins, fresh air and the satisfaction of pushing ourselves is enough. But maybe we need a little help waking up early, or maybe we enjoy comparing our daily stats with our friends’. Maybe earning a dollar every time we show up at the fitness center is easy money in our pockets. “I’m a weird case, because you’d have to pay me not to exercise,” Pope says. “We’re just throwing out a bunch of motivational strategies. Some will work for one person or another, but none of them will work for everyone. We need all these things in our toolbox to encourage people to get out there."

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eed some extra motivation to get out there? There’s an app for that. Some present a virtual reality, some give you (or your favorite charity) real cash, and some allowi you to compete against yourself or friends. According to Lizzy Pope, these seven apps are good tools to get you started. SAVE VIRTUAL HUMANITY In Zombies, Run! (free), you are “Runner 5,” a survivor escaping from a zombie apocalypse that has destroyed the world. An audiobook narrative feeds you a storyline to encourage frequent “expeditions.” Interspersed with your main mission objectives (gathering intel and supplies), you’ll be instructed to run from the undead who are gaining speed behind you, making this app perfect for interval trainers. Created by Six to Start, the same team that created Zombies, Run!, The 7-Minute Superhero Workout ($2.99) has a camera-activated motion tracker, which counts reps of activities like crunches and wall-sits, along with your burned calories. The more activities you complete, the more weapons, shields and abilities you unlock to perform your world-saving duties. EARN CASH FOR YOURSELF OR A CHARITY If money motivates you, Pact (free) is a no-brainer. Create a profile and decide how many gym visits, runs or bike rides you’re up for each week–but make sure you’re committed enough to put money down on it. If you check in at your exercise location, you earn a small amount of money that grows as you play. If you don’t show, your money (choose either $5 or $10) goes into the pot for loyal gym-goers to claim. While you’ll lose more if you bail than you’ll win if you go, the amount you can win increases over time, and every won cent goes straight into your bank account. With the help of corporate sponsors, Charity Miles (free) lets you earn money for charities every time you walk, run or bike. Scroll through the app’s list of charities, pick your favorite and...go! TRACK AND CRUSH YOUR PERSONAL BEST (OR COMPETE WITH FRIENDS) With FitBit’s three-axis accelerometer–the size of a clothespin and worn on the pants pocket or a bra strap–and its corresponding app (free), you can track the steps you take, distance, calories consumed, and how well you sleep. A flower, shown on the FitBit’s small OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, grows to full size as you draw closer to completing your fitness goals. Each time you come within 15 feet of the FitBit’s wireless base station, it uploads all of your data. Strava (free) will test you on the running and biking routes you know best. Track and time your run or ride, then compete against yourself or choose from a leaderboard of folks who have done the same course. Take the top time up your favorite hill, and be dubbed king or queen of the mountain, “KOM” or "QOM." How many calories have you eaten in a day? MyFitnessPal (free) can tell you. Plug in what you eat and how you exercise. It logs how many net calories you’ve burned and consumed. The calorie counter has one of the largest databases for foods around. Create a profile and share your accomplishments and cheer others on as you go.

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Sea to Summit Spark II sleeping bag

MSR Flylite Tent

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Exotac NanoSpark lighter

Farm to Feet Damascus Socks

Mountain House meals

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So what’s changed since 1917? The short answer: everything. Enter Chris Reamer, Outdoor Gear Exchange’s backpacking expert who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail several times over. He sports a Gandolf-sized beard and if he had a slogan, it might be, “there’s a pack for that.” This year. he notes, there’s even more cool gear than ever. We stopped by the Church Street store to see what he’d recommend. Reamer pulled a white pack off the shelves. The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider weighs in at just 28.2 oz. It looks like it’s made out of parchment paper, and it’s handmade in Maine. “My girlfriend and I are planning on doing the Pacfic Crest Trail next year, and the key out there is doing it as light as possible, so this is the pack I’ll use.” he said. “This pack isn’t going to work well with a

heavy load. With a pack like this, your base weight (which is everything you’re going to carry minus food, fuel and water) ideally would be sub-ten pounds.” Reamer walks around the store, pointing to ultra-light or ultra-comfortable gear that modern day hikers can use to make the Long Trail more enjoyable. There are roomy tents that weigh less than two pounds, sleeping bags for every condition, camp chairs that stretch to be love-seatsized, queen-sized sleeping pads, bowls, pots and sporks that all fit inside each other. Above (and on the following pages), Reamer suggests the ultimate gear packages for ultra-light hikers and minimalists and for weekend warriors who care about creature comforts. There’s everything you need for the trail… except ice cream.

THE MINIMALISTS There are plenty of reasons to go ultra-light while backpacking. Maybe you’re planning to run up to one of the Long Trail lean-tos for the night and then run back down. Maybe you’re hitting up some of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers and don’t want to be bogged down by extra weight. Maybe you just want to see how minimalist you can be. If that’s your thing, you could pack everything shown above (including pack, tent, shoes and three meals) and it wouldn’t add up to more than 7 lbs. That’s nearly a third of the weight (18 lbs) of all the gear in the Weekend Warrior section (see following page). For a pack, Reamer recommends the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider ($300), Handmade in Maine and just 1.76

pounds, it won’t add much to your base weight, and the tarpish, waxy, 100-percent waterproof material, made from Dyneema® Composite Fabrics, is more durable than it looks. The bag is completely zipper-less; three black mesh pockets on the exterior give you easy access and allow gear to dry quickly. Its roll-top closure system helps you compress the pack down vertically, and straps on the side and top help secure your gear and compress the pack even more. The tried and true dogma of ultralight hikers is this: bring multi-purpose equipment. At 1 lb. 6 oz., the two-person MSR Flylite Tent ($350) uses your trekking poles as tent poles, and even leaves plenty of room for you and a buddy. Mesh vents in the sides and back of the tent keep condensation under control, and the wide-reaching rain fly gives plenty of space

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locally and regionally. Someone suggested I try mountain bike racing and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never raced on two wheels before but I jumped in and won my first race and moved up through the ranks. At 25 I went to college and raced with the University of New Hampshire team. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I fell in love with road racing. I then got my masters at Dartmouth and raced my two years there. In 2003, Dartmouth won the national championship and in 2004, I won 9 out of 13 collegiate races and all five races at the national championship. I started working the day after graduation but I continued to race across New England and in New Mexico, California, Bermuda and Ireland. A lot of the folks I raced with ended up racing professionally like Ted King, Brent Bookwalter and Kevin Bouchard-Hall. Kevin recently got back into racing. I followed him into triathlons and now we do these gravel races together.

MB: I rode the Tour of the Battenkill which had a new format this year. Dave Zabriskie [retired professional bike racer] was there and I beat him by seven minutes and won the race. I was part of a two-man breakaway for 70 miles of a 75-mile race. I did the Rasputista Spring Classic this year and came in third. Both of those Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to do again. I really like the Vermont 50. I won that three years in a row and have the course record but last year I had a mechanical problem. In 2016, I did the Green Mountain Stage Race as a Master and I try to fit that in when I can. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a number of Ironman Triathlons but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided to focus more on cycling because of the demands of my family and my job which is fairly high stress. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a research and revelopment engineer and I work on projects as diverse as cryogenics, lasers, high-temperature superconductors and electro-mechanical systems. Because of work and family, I really have to pick and choose my events. VS: Do you ride with your daughters? MB: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been riding in the chariot bike since they were born. Last year we did 1,300 miles together. They also have their own tricycles. Last year I got hit by a car and needed surgery to repair my thumb so I rode indoors and I made them both little stationary trainers so they could ride with me. Biking and being outdoors has become a way of life to them. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather be in the bike chariot than the car. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Phyl Newbeck LIM OF ITED FE R $ SUM

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Name: Mike Barton Age: 44 Lives in: Hanover, N.H. Family Wife Dorothea; twin 3 ½ year old daughters, Evelyn and Emmanuela Occupation: Engineer Primary sports: Cycling, running, triathlon When it comes to cycling, Mike Barton is a late bloomer. His main sport had been stock car racing but when he enrolled in college at age 25 he began to race mountain bikes. Sponsored by First Stop Bike and Ski Shop in Killington, Barton won the inaugural Vermont Overland PavÊ Madness, a 23-mile gravel bike race this past July beating a number of pro riders, including 22-year-old Ansel Dickey.

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MAT FRASER KEEPS HIS CROSSFIT CROWN Once again, Vermonter Mat Fraser has won the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fittest Man on Earth.â&#x20AC;? The Colchester native dominated at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wis. on August 5-6, the second year in a row that Fraser has taken first place. Crossfit called Fraserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most dominant performance in CrossFit Games history.â&#x20AC;? Fraser finished with 1,132 out of 1,300 possible points, leaving the runner-up, Brent Fikowski, in the dust with 916 points. Fraser was the only competitor to place first in more than one event; in fact, he won three events: MuscleUp Clean Ladder, Heavy 17.5 and 2223 Intervals. In 2014-15, Fraser took second place at the Lifestyle changes earned Fraser his Games. In an interview with title. Photo courtesy Mat Fraser Vermont Sports earlier this year, he called those years the â&#x20AC;&#x153;biggest disappointmentâ&#x20AC;? heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever experienced, vowing to win in 2016. In 2016, Fraser made well-rounded lifestyle changesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;he started with a regular sleep schedule, cut junk food from his diet, drank more water and stretched routinely after workouts. In training, he focused on his weaknesses, finding an expert in every category who helped him excel. It seems to have worked. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;E.C.

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CIRCUS AND BRATT CAVE BACK IN SWING Brattleboroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports scene has seen a few highs and lows this summer. After a dispute between board members and the firing of founders, twin sisters, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion (above), the New England Center for Circus Arts (covered in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Circus School's Next Act,â&#x20AC;? Vermont Sports, Nov./Dec. 2016) saw protests, resignations and refund requests. But in late July, the entire board of NECCA resigned and a new board was appointed. To the joy of many, the new board hired the sisters back and appointed Jeffrey Lewis, a former executive director of Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., to be interim executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need to get our students back in here, get circus back in here. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our first priority,â&#x20AC;? Smith told the Brattleboro Reformer. In other Brattleboro news, a new rock climbing gym, called the BrattCave, or Brattleboro Bouldering Gym, will open in the Cotton Mill at the beginning of September. The gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,100 square feet of space has three 12-foot-tall walls: a 50-degree wall thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 feet tall, a 13-degree overhang thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18 feet long, a small vertical wall, and a moon boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;a 40-degree training wall that features an array of different handholds. Eager climbers can purchase monthly memberships for $40 and day passes for $10, and rental shoes will be $5 per use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole community has been pitching in in one way or another,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Mizrahi, one of the three founders of the gym. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been getting a lot of enthusiastic feedback. â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;E.C.

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views of the Adirondacks. Proceeds support the Pride Center of Vermont. pridecentervt.org 9 | Fight For Air Climb, Bennington Race up 412 steps of the historic Bennington Battle Momument in the country’s only race of its kind. The event supports lung disease research. action.lung.org

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9 | Endurance Society’s Sky Run, Waitsfield Run a series of climbs to the summit of Gen. Stark Mountain. Pick the 5K Sky Run, with (2,000 feet of vertical climbing), or a 10K (3,700 feet of vertical). endurancesociety.org

2 | Northfield Savings Bank 5K, Northfield A certified 5K course as part of the CVR ORS Race Series. Start and finish in front of the Northfield Savings Bank at the green in downtown Northfield, Vt. nsbvt.com

9 | Covered Bridge Half Marathon, Charlotte Race along mostly dirt and gravel roads, beginning and ending at Shelburne Beach on Lake Champlain. racevermont.com

2 | Hops For Hope 5K, West Dover Relay For Life hosts a 5K held in conjunction with Mount Snow’s Brewfest. The multi-terrain run/walk is beginner friendly while challenging to even the most seasoned of runners. facebook.com/hopsforhope

9 | SPROUTY Run, Sharon Run a 10K or run/walk a 5K along the White River on mostly dirt and gravel roads, beginning and ending at Shelburne Beach on Lake Champlain. There will be prizes, food and live music, as well as a gift for every race participant. runsignup.com

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2-3 | Jay Peak Trail Running Festival, Jay Head to northern Vermont for a series of trail races ranging from 5K to 50K. jaypeaktrailrun.com 3 | 49th GMAA Archie Post 5-Miler, Burlington The certified point-to-point course follows the South Burlington Bike Path. gmaa.net 9 | Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5K, Manchester, Vt. The Make a Wish Foundation hosts a fall half-marathon and 5K race from downtown through picturesque villages and farmlands and back to the finish. runreg.com 9 | Stride For Pride, Burlington Follow the Burlington waterfront in this 5k, which boasts

10 | Old Stone House Fall Foliage Run, Walk and Bike, Brownington Runners, walkers and bikers compete on dirt roads in the Northeast Kingdom. Choose a half marathon or 5K walk/ run, bikers ride 12 miles. oldstonehousemuseum.org

23 | The Vermont Great 2.4.6.8K, Rutland Walk, do a 2K or 4K of the relay or run the whole 8K in downtown Rutland. Proceeds benefit the RRMC Foley Cancer Center. rrmc.org 24 | 25th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run, West Windsor Ascutney in West Windsor hosts the 22nd year of the 50-mile bike race and 50-mile run. The race also includes a 50K option, a team relay and a free kids fun-run option. vermont50.blogspot.com 24 | The Color Run, Essex Junction, Vt. Runners in this 5K are blasted with colored powder every kilometer while running under inflatable arches. All proceeds benefit The Chill Foundation. thecolorrun.com 23–24 | Adirondack Marathon, Schroon, N.Y. This two-day event includes both half marathon and marathon races, a 5K and 10K, a children’s fun run, dinners and award ceremonies. adirondackmarathon.org 24 | Vermont Sun Half Marathon, Lake Dunmore Run along the shores of Lake Dunmore in a 5K, 10K or half marathon. vermontsuntrithlonseries.com

16 | Common to Common 30K, Essex Junction This certified 30K (18.64 miles) goes through farm country between Essex Center and Westford Common. gmaa.net

24 | Island Vines 10K, South Hero Snow Farm Vineyard serves as the starting point for a flat and scenic 10K on South Hero roads. snowfarm.com

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20 | Sodom Pond 4-Miler, Adamant A rolling 4-mile dirt road course loops counter-clockwise around Adamant’s Sodom Pond. runvermont.org

15 | ShoeFly Trail Running Festival, East Burke This festival of trail running welcomes runners and walkers to try 50K, 12-hour, 24-hour solo/team relay, 25K, 10K, 5K or 1-mile races. shoeflytrailrun.org

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17 | TAM Trek, Middlebury The 18-mile-long Trail Around Middlebury hosts a series of races. Runners can choose between 6-mile and 18- mile runs, a 2-mile family fun run and a 3-mile hike or a mountain bike. Course includes single and doubletrack trails, pavement and technical sections. maltvt.org

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3 | Labor Day 130K, Peru Ride 85 miles through southern Vermont with an elevation gain of 7,500 feet. Ride is unsupported and raises money for Rare Disease Research. rasopathiesnet.org

30 | Hungry Lion Bike Tour, Whitingham These 35-, 55- and 75-mile road bike rides are fully supported with rest stops, sag wagon, BBQ, music and beer. hungrylionbiketour.com

4 | Richard Tom Foundation Kids’ Criterium, Burlington This free, noncompetitive event is open to kids ages 7-11. Kids ages 7-8 ride for two laps and 9-to 11-year olds ride for four laps. The Foundation was formed to honor Richard Tom, who was fatally struck by a speeding driver in 2015. bikereg.com/the-green-mountain-stage-race.

30 | Allen Clark Hill Climb, Waitsfield Climb 1,600 vertical feet in 6.2 miles from Route 100 to the top of Appalachian Gap. achillclimb.org

8 | Grand Grand Prix, Quebec City; 10 | Grand Grand Prix, Montreal The UCI WorldTour comes to Quebec and Montreal with world teams, professional continental teams and national teams going head-to-head in criterium-style races in historic Montreal and Quebec. gpcqm.ca

OCTOBER 2 | Triple Crown Enduro, Burke Burke Mountain Bike Park hosts the second of a threestop series, with riders competing on Burke’s downhill trails for more than $30,000 in cash. skiburke.com

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9 | 12th Annual Kelly Brush Ride, Middlebury With 20-, 50-, 65-, 85- or 100-mile options, this scenic, fully-supported ride through the Champlain Valley draws over 700 cyclists and dozens of handcyclists. Followed by a festive BBQ. kellybrushfoundation.org

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8-10 | 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic, Old Forge, NY This three-day, 90-mile flatwater race follows the original highways of the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, with a mix of lake and river paddling. macscanoe.com 11 | In Search of Memphre VI, Newport Swimmers take on a 25-mile swim from Newport, Vt. across the border to Magog, Quebec. kingdomgames.co 15 – 18 | FallFest at Smugglers’ Notch, Cambridge A weekend of fdisc golf, live music food, a limited beer release from Fiddlehead and guided climbing in the Notch by Burlington’s Petra Cliffs. smuggs.com

15 | Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship, Jeffersonville Smugglers’ Notch hosts a point series of five tournaments as part Smuggler’s Notch Fall Fest. The top 48 in the series compete for a prize of $10,000. smuggs.com 16-17 | Spartan Race, Killington Obstacle course racers tackle the Beast of the East in the famously tough Spartan Race. Obstacles include walls, nets, sandbag carries and plenty of mud. killington.com 17 | 41st Annual Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon, Great Barrington, Ma. Run, bike and canoe/SUP/kayak through five towns in the Berkshires to the finish line at the Tanglewood Music Festival. joshbillings.com

OCTOBER 7 | Lunafest Women’s Film Festival, Burlington Lunafest is a national film festival that features short films by, for, and about women, hosted this year by Girls on the Run Vermont, with special speaker Karen Newman, world-class triathlete, cancer and eating disorder survivor, author, and dietitian. lunafest.org 7 | VT SKI + RIDE EXPO, Burlington The biggest ski show to hit Vermont comes to the waterfront Hilton in Burlington on Oct. 7. See the latest gear, find out about resort deals, watch new ski movie releases, enjoy live music from three bands and kick back at the Long Trail brew tent. Details and tickets at vtskiandride. com/expo2017/

24 | West Hill Grinder, Putney Start and finish these dirt road rides at High Meadows Farm. The moderate to challenging routes wind through Putney, Dummerston, and Westminster. Lunch by Taco Barn. Register by Sept. 17. bikereg.com/west-hill-grinder 26 | Stone Valley 50 Gravel Grinder, Poultney Gravel grinders can test themselves on either a 50-mile race; or a 20-mile noncompetitive tour. stonevalley50.com

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wenty years ago, I visited a town where time stood still. I worked for Bicycling magazine at the time. Our new editorial team was looking for a place where we could retreat from the summer heat of our Pennsylvania headquarters, ride quiet roads and rethink the magazine. We chose the white clapboard town of Grafton, Vt. and the Grafton Inn, beautifully preserved thanks to the Windham Foundation. One of the oldest inns in the country, Grafton is a place that has sparked creativity for generations. Rudyard Kipling used to ride up from his home in Dummerston to sit in the porch rockers. The likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have all been visitors. Before the Civil War, the town boomed thanks to the nearby soapstone mines and the population was over 1,500. As of the 2010 census, it was 675. This August 2-3, I returned to Grafton for a very different retreat. Governor Scott’s newly-formed Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative invited a diverse group of stakeholders to consider what could be done to grow Vermont’s outdoor economy. As Windham Foundation’s Liz Bankowski put it, “The beauty of Grafton is that nothing seems to have changed here in the past 100 years. But that’s our challenge too: how do we grow Vermont’s rural towns? How do we get young people to move here or businesses to grow here?” Governor Scott noted in his opening remarks: “There are six fewer workers everyday when we wake up. There are three fewer kids in our public education system and nearly one baby born to an addictive mom every single day. That sums up our challenges and opportunities." Can growing outdoor recreation help

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ometimes, the best thing you can have on a long hike is a good friend. During my third year of college, I studied abroad in New Zealand. My first big venture was a 37-mile hike through the Fjordlands on a “Great Walk” called Kepler. I wasn’t exactly ready for it. I had backpacked in the Adirondacks and in the Greens, my home turf. I knew what to bring: tent, sleeping bag, stove—the works. But as soon as I set foot on the trail, I knew I could have done a few more preparatory runs, (or maybe that trick where you walk the stair machine with a loaded pack), before attempting to hike three 10-plusmile, mostly-vertical days. Ally, a college friend, was also in New Zealand for the semester, and we were in the same boat. As we set off on the first day of the three-day trek, Ally and I formed the caboose of our group of eight, groaning (more me than her) about our aches and pains and showing off our hip bruises. On one particularly strenuous section, we fell into a fit of giggles, rolling our eyes as we remembered how eager we had been to hike this track. But as much as we lamented our decision, Ally pushed herself. By the end of day one, she had become my motivational guide, coaxing me like a tuckered-out puppy up switchback after switchback. When my complaints became louder, she reminded me that our only option was to walk forward, one foot in front of the other. While I was wishing that I had chosen an easier hike, she was appreciating the mountains, the fjord and the rainbow that greeted us when we summited the track’s highest peak, sweaty and euphoric. “I like to think I would never let physical pain stop me from doing anything,” she told me as we trudged up the 4,000-foot vertical gain on the second day. I snapped a photo of her on a ridgeline just after the cloudy skies cleared, blue mountains rippling behind her, her smile radiantly wide. We were both ready for more. Later in the semester, Ally decided to squeeze in another trek before winter set in and the mountain terrain would become impassible. On April 23, 2015, she left for a trek on the west coast, called the Gillespie Pass Circuit, with two friends. The forecast called for rain, so the three women took precautions. With two river crossings ahead of them, they decided to hike the track in a reverse direction from what they had originally planned, giving them a bridge crossing on the rainy day, when the water would likely be dangerous for crossing. But Gillespie Pass Circuit, a 36-mile trek over steep, rocky terrain, was less maintained than the popular ‘Great Walks’

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like Kepler. Longer and steeper than what we had hiked before, the trail totaled nearly 5,000 feet of elevation gain, with 4,000 of those feet rising in the last three miles before the tallest point. The middle of the track’s grade map spikes like the point of a knife. When Ally and our friends summited, there was no rainbow to greet them, and no fjord to look down on. Instead, they were pelted with rain. Gusts of wind up to 70 miles-per-hour beat them to their hands and knees. New Zealand is known for these freak storms, and at high elevations, they come with force and without warning. In the storm’s madness, the three lost each other. Two of the women made it down the mountain and took the bridge over the Young River, whose water was so violent the waves splashed 20 feet in the air as they hit the rocks. Finally, the two arrived at the hut where they had planned to spend the night. They made dinner. They left a plate out for Ally. They waited through the night. She never came. The next morning, the rain continued. My friends ran for help, half-sprinting the hike’s remaining 10 miles so they could contact a search and rescue team. I met them in Wanaka, the closest town, and we huddled in a hotel room. The owner, who had heard about the missing American girl in the mountains, comped our room.

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ADVERTISING SALES A search team set out. Soon more than 60 rescuers from Land SAR, Marine SAR and the Coast Guard were combing the track. Helicopters with stretchers flew over our hotel. Waiting, we tried to channel bestcase scenarios. “She’s just lost,” we told each other. “She’s going to have a crazy story to tell when she gets out of there.” We got updates. They found her sock. Her shirt. Her raincoat. A narrative started to form. Ally had descended into the Young Valley at dusk, right when records from nearby rivers indicated the water level spiked. “She hasn’t made a bad decision to cross the river,” police and search and rescue coordinator Aaron Nicholson told the local newspaper at the time. “She’s just been walking the track and gotten to bits where the river has swelled over the track quite significantly. So she’s had to negotiate that. I would anticipate a realistic situation where she has fallen or tripped or slipped into that water.” When they found her pack at the edge of the Young River—the waist strap still clipped—the rescue team gave the verdict: Survival, they told us, was “highly unlikely.” Seven days after Ally went missing, the team embarked on a final search. It was midday when they found her. Their suspicions were confirmed. The following days and weeks marked a new uphill climb. Ally’s father had arrived

in New Zealand, receiving word of his daughter’s fate with a grace and strength I’ve never seen in another human being. Becoming inseparable, several of us—her closest friends in the country— pushed our beds together, retelling “Ally stories” each night as we fell asleep. Ally had been right: physical pain doesn’t count for much. I would have run circles around the Kepler track to see her smile again. But strangely enough, in this new territory of bereavement, this punishing summit-less mountain, her words still applied. Our only choice was to walk forward, one foot in front of the other. For the rest of the semester, we set out on small hikes in the mountains. Each time, infallibly, a rainbow would appear. It was as if Ally were letting us know she’d always be on the hike with us, always there to get us through the climb. Two and a half years later, I often find myself wandering up a steep section of Mount Abe or Camel’s Hump, or on a hilly ride that’s a hair beyond my comfort zone. The lactic acid builds in my legs, and I start to feel discouraged. Every time, I see Ally, one switchback ahead, smiling through her pain and telling me I can do it. With her, I always make it to the top. Emma Cotton is a Vermont Sports staff writer, and graduated from Eckerd in 2016.

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