News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Green Mountain Club is wishing the Long Trail a happy 100th birthday in a style to which they are accustomed: hiking it. The hike began at the Massachusetts border July 19 and ends at the Journey’s End trailhead near Quebec Aug. 15, says the Bennington Banner. The hike is divided into 30 sections of the trail, from lengths of three miles to 22.6 miles. The longest leg is between the Route 9 trailhead in Woodford and Kelley Stand Road in East Arlington. “I’ve been telling people not to even think about this unless they are confident in their level of fitness and ability to handle the distance, terrain, and pace,” said Ben Rose, executive director of the GMC. That leg of the hike will be capped at 10 people. The end-to-end hike will be a true relay, according to Rose, because each leg’s group will pass along a pair of items: a well-stocked first aid kit and a stuffed animal porcupine. “It’s our mascot,” Rose explained.W e hope the first aid kit has some magic ointment to soothe aching feet.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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