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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: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: got an early start up Mansfield to the Chin NYE morning. Started bare boot but switched to snowshoes quickly. It wasn’t too deep but I brought them and figured I’d pack down the trail a bit. Switched to crampons and axe at Taft Lodge. Noticed some storm slab that was a little reactive and cracks both below/above Taft Lodge that made me a little nervous about conditions on Profanity Trail near the top where it’s an open slope. Took LT up to the summit along the north ridge and was glad I had crampons/axe for this section. The little chimney was all ice, so my decision to bring an extra technical ice tool didn’t for a 6 mile ride wasn’t a complete waste. Close to the summit, it was very glazed over hardpack and a fall would be bad. Very windy up top but didn’t want to downclimb the LT so I walked across the ridge and gave Profanity a look. No slab problems but a lot of loose sluffing. it’s a really wide chute so I wasn’t worried about getting taken off my feet... but also wasn’t expecting to encounter multiple avalanche problems on this hike.

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Bottom-line: take the Profanity Trail up from Taft Lodge unless you’ve got an axe and actual crampons.  
Name
Name: Adam 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ajacobs223@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-31 
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