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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Long Trail, Profanity Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty on both sides of road at gate on Rte 108. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw only one other dog on the peak today. Kara did a great job going up over The Chin. She even did some butt sliding in her owner's lap down Profanity. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: One microspike between the parking area and the start of the Long Trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: We had some equipment issues today. First one member of our group lost a microspike early on. I gave her my Hillsounds and put on my crampons. Overkill, I thought. At Taft Lodge another member needed better traction so she put on a pair of the Hillsound Trail Crampons and promptly broke the plastic strap-they don't seem to like cold weather. Going up to The Chin was steep, icy and exposed. Ice axes would have helped but we were able to punch enough toe holds in to get the micro spikers up. Crampons didn't seem like overkill anymore. Great views east to the Whites and west to the Adirondacks, though a bit chilly. Profanity had been skied earlier and most of the group butt slid it, including Kara. I walked down the edge. All in all a great hike but don't underestimate the upper sections of these trails.  
Name
Name: Tom 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ziggycat978@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-05 
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