THE VERMONT LABOR DAY
WEEKEND BACKPACKING ADVENTURE
Dates: August 31 - September 3, 2018
Maximum Trip Capacity: 7 people
Age Range: 18 - 39
Day 1: Quintessential New England Town
After leaving the city in the evening, we head north to the quaint New England town of Stowe, which is home to many local shops and restaurants. Depending on time of arrival, it may be possible to explore Main Street.
Day 2: Vermont Maple, Ice Cream & Waterfalls
Today, we get to experience the famed local flavors of Vermont. In the morning, we make a short visit to a local maple farm, tour of the property included. We spend the midday hours at a gorgeous swimming hole with a waterfall; sunbathing, swimming and cliff jumping are all options. Next up, a tour of the original, infamous Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. We end the day with a short sunset hike to a viewpoint of the town of Stowe and the mountains we'll be hiking the following day.
Day 3: Into The Alpine
In the morning, we drive to the trailhead and hike into the heart of Mt. Mansfield's wooded slopes. After a relatively short hike, we reach our tent site, where we spend the last night of our adventure. Before the sun sets, we head uphill to one of Vermont's few alpine zones to catch a sunset over the Green Mountains and beyond.
Day 4: Vermont's Highest Peak
In the morning, we hike back onto the treeless ridge and enjoy 360 views until we reach the summit of Vermont's highest peak. If the weather is clear, we may see as far as Canada, New York & New Hampshire. We head back downhill to the trailhead and get back to New York City in the evening.
Tour Price Includes:
•2 Nights Lodging
•2 Hotel Breakfasts
•Day 2 Sunset Hike
•Maple Farm & Maple Syrup Tour
•Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour
•Water Activities at Swimming Hole
•1 Night Backcountry Camping
ALL Backpacking Meals:
•2 lunches, 1 breakfast & 1 dinner
ALL Necessary Backpacking Equipment:
•Backpacking Tents, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pads, Sleeping Pillows, Headlamps, Water Filter, Cooking System & Accessories
•Round-Trip Transportation between Brooklyn, NY and Stowe, VT in a comfortable passenger van
•Highway Tolls & Parking Fees
•Tent Site Caretaker Fees
Tour Price: $545
Deposit: $150 required to reserve your spot
Tour Price Does Not Include:
•Dinners & Lunches (outside of backpacking trip)
•Medical Insurance of Any Kind
Day 2 Sunset Hike: 1.6 miles and 350 feet elevation gain.
The backpacking route we will hike is rated as moderate.
Day 3: 2.5 miles and 1,500 feet elevation gain.
Optional Sunset Hike: 1.3 miles and 850 feet elevation gain.
Day 4: 4.9 miles and 1,450 feet elevation gain.
Since we are backpacking, we will each have a backpack weighing 20-25 pounds containing all necessary equipment for the duration of the hike. Participants must be in adequate physical condition to complete this route.
159 Monitor Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Accepted payment methods are Credit Card, Venmo, QuickPay, PayPal or Cash.
A $150 deposit is required to lock in your spot, if for any unexpected circumstance you can’t make it, 50% of the deposit can be applied to any future tour if you notify me at least 2 weeks prior to scheduled departure, 50% is non-refundable. The other $395 is due 2 weeks before the start of the tour. With 2 weeks remaining, the $150 deposit becomes non-refundable while the $395 can be applied to any future tour until 1 week before scheduled departure. If cancelling within 1 week of scheduled tour departure, no tour costs can be refunded.
All participants shall be required to sign waivers of liability prior to participation in this Adventure.
Note on Adventure:
The adventure will be postponed if chances of rain are 50% or greater as per The Weather Channel forecast 24 hours prior to tour departure.
In the case of rain postponing our trip, you can choose to either receive your money back or apply it to any future adventure.
Although I do my very best to adhere to the tour schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond my control (weather conditions, road/trail closures, etc.).
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