Mt. Abraham (VT)
Type of Hike: Day
· Matt’s Gear:
- Base Layer: EMS TechWick 2 Long Sleeve, EMS Techwick Long John 2, EMS Fleece Lined Pants
- Shell: Rab Scimitar Softshell Jacket
- Accessories: EMS Gortex Gaitors, Microspikes, EMS Thermal Mountaineering Gloves, Artc’Tech beanie, and MSR Evo Denali Acent Mountaineering Snowshoes
- Pack: Osprey Atmos 65 2nd generation
Matt also carried: EMS Techwick Thermal, Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket, and EMS Glacier Down Jacket
· Gear: Gabrielle
- Base Layer: Smartwool Heavyweight Base Layer, Smartwool Heavyweight 1/4 Zip, Lululemon Wonder Leggings under Columbia Omni Shield Pants.
- Insulation: Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
- Shell: Patagonia Fleece Lined Softshell
- Accessories: Penfield Sheepskin Mittens, American Eagle Trapper Hat, EMS Fleece Lined Face Mask, EMS Gortex Gaitors, Microspikes, and MSR Evo Denali Acent Mountaineering Snowshoes.
- Pack: Osprey Sirrus 36
Gabrielle also carried: EMS Techwick Thermal, EMS Glacier Down Jacket, and Patagonia Snowball Goretec Pants.
Notes: Happy Valentine’s Day. It is bitter cold out and the temps are in the negatives with wind chill. We are geared up and ready to conquer Mt. Abraham. The trail had not been broken out at all. Lucky for us a cross country skier pulled into the lot right before us and began packing the trail down a bit. We wore snowshoes the entire way. This was Gabrielle’s first hike using her Baby Blue mountaineering showshoes and she soon was completely in love with them. The summit was bitter cold. The wind was pushing hard and we were only up there for a few short minutes to take quick pictures and then get down. I cannot stress how dangerously cold it was on this day.
Although it was cold out it did not stop us from having a Valentine’s picnic date at the Battell lean-to on the way down. We had carried with us our candle lantern, cheese and crackers, some other yummy goodies for our date and of course a blanket to lay on.
When we got back to the car we drove to a hotel room we had waiting for us outside of Burlington, VT where we warmed up and got cleaned up for a romantic dinner at Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant. The atmosphere was very quiet and chill while we enjoyed our delicious dinner… which we needed after an exhausting day.
The next day we spent in Burlington goofing around. It was another bitter cold day but that did not stop us. We visited Outdoor Gear Exchange, Lake Champlain, and Gabrielle introduced Matt to Dobra Tea House. The night before we noticed there was an EMS right next door to where we had dinner. We were intrigued that they had the old school logo on the building so we decided to stop in and check it out. JACKPOT! Hanging on the wall was the LAST DownTek -20 EMS Mountain Light sleeping bag everrrrrr. Of course Matthew could not resist replacing Gabrielle’s 2010 EMS Mountain Light -20 with the new DownTek version.
Later that day we checked into the Hilton for one last night in Burlington. Another perfect weekend together.