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December 14, 2002
Elephant's Head Loop Snowshoe

Despite threatening slush and slop this warm morning, our hardy group assembled at Barnes Camp, where the snowplow stops on Route 108 in Stowe. We hiked up the newly designated Long Trail from the road uphill steeply towards Elephant's Head. The climb was steep, but with snowshoes, the footing was secure. As we climbed, the snow became deeper and deeper. The blazes got lower and lower, and snow laden branches drooped into our way. Staying "on" the unbroken trail was quite challenging, since the white blazes were not frequent. The early morning fog lifted just enough to give us an exciting view from the promontory of Elephant's Head. As we continued towards Sterling Pond, we crossed the tracks of backcountry skiers and snowboarders, making their own way downhill through the trees. As we descended the Stirling Pond Trail back to Route 108, a damp drizzle began to fall. Walking back to the cars on the road, we met a 205 pound St. Bernard and a 20 pound Beagle, both enjoying the snow. The champion of our group was clearly Lady, Bill Clark's snowshoeless Bernese Mountain dog, who happily endured muzzle deep snow.

Dave Blumenthal

(l-r) Bill Clark, Jim McWilliam, Lexi Shear, and Dave Blumenthal atop Elephant's Head

Looking down upon the Mt. Mansfield ski area

The South Wall in Smugglers' Notch

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