The Appalachian Trail truly has mythic status and for many of us, hiking it is a dream. But then we look at the reality of it and find the prospect of carrying a 30 - 40 pound pack on our back and sleeping on the ground rather daunting. Solution? Slackpacking! We already offer slackpacking trips all along the trail and this year we're adding Vermont - a portion of the southern section of both the Appalachian Trail and the Vermont Long Trail. We'll cover a little over sixty miles, returning at the end of the day to our lodging in the small ski town of Killington, VT. We cover significant mileage on this trip which means it does require being in excellent physical shape. Maximum group size: 12
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What's not included: Airfare/travel to/from Rutland, VT (RUD), alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities.
This trip involves hiking from 10 to 13 miles a day (see the itinerary for daily mileage) with significant elevation changes and footing that may be rocky and uneven at times. It requires being in very good physical condition. While you can always choose to stay in town for the day, there are no options for shortening the daily hikes. This trip is rated 4. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaged in aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Additional endurance exercise (e.g. going for a 2 hour hike once a week) and/or strength training is usually required. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
This is a hiking trip on the Vermont section of the legendary Appalachian Trail. The AT runs along the same path in this particular section as the Vermont Long Trail. You will be hiking in the mountains with constant elevation gain and loss on a trail that is rocky and steep. We're staying in the ski resort town of Killington, Vt.
We will be spending 6 nights at a large vacation home in the resort ski village of Killington, VT. Our beautiful home for the week is a large, 2 story, vacation rental home that sleeps up to 16 guests. It has 10 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, good gathering space, a spacious kitchen, WiFi, linens, hot tub, washer and dryer and many other amenities.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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