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    Long Trail

    Going to hike the Long Trail in May, was just wondering if anyone had done any hanging in that area. Planning on hanging for the entire trip if possible, any tips or hints would be great.

    Thanks

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    For the few miles I've been on it, the hanging was great. Someday I'll do the whole thing. Have fun!
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    I'm 3 miles from it now and can't image many spots with bad hanging. Are you going under quilt in May? 2 Sleeping pads? I might be on the long trail then too.
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    Yes, I think you can hang the entire length of this trail easily. Contact fellow HF members Yukon or LazyRiverRoad, they have both done end-to-ends of the LT.

    There are a few of us in the area of the LT than may be able to help.

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    If there is any criticism of the LT, it would be that there are too many trees, not too few. Hanging is easy, but you may find yourself wishing for fewer trees once in a while so you could enjoy a view now and again.
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    I hiked the Long Trail this summer and was able to hang the entire time at every shelter (except the ones where no tenting was allowed which I skipped over and btw you are now allowed to tent at Stranton Pond they have tent/hang sites). Any ways it took me 20 days, I hung all but three nights and that was simply because 2 nights I hiked in so late I was just super tired and to lazy to hang my rig and the other night I pulled in after dark as well and seconds after getting to the shelter it started poring rain. I was so tired it did not matter and I fell right asleep. It's an amazing trail. I hiked SOBO and really enjoyed it. The nice thing about hiking SOBO is you don't end in the North in the middle of no where. If your interested I can email you my gear list (But I went in August) and my schedule of what shelters I stayed in and what towns I stopped in. I would certainly suggest stopping at the Inn at the Long Trail its one of my favorite places. I took two zeros their I felt so at home. In the north their are some amazing views. Man I could probably go on forever about this trip I am jealous you get to do it I would totally do it again. Some advice I got tons but why listen to me the most important thing is simply Hike Your Own Hike and just have fun.
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    Just a head's up in case you are starting early in the month. Mud season in a state known as Vermud to many ATers can be formidable to the hiker and damaging to the trail.

    Several peaks along the LT are legally closed to hikers mid-April 'til Friday, May 24th.

    The State of Vermont closes all trails on state land including those on Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield from mid-April until Memorial Day weekend. Please do not hike in these fragile areas.

    Also avoid: Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Lincoln Ridge (Mount Ellen to Appalachian Gap), Jay Peak.

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    I've only hung about 30 miles of the trail south to north, but seems like endless options as others said. Ran into a thru hiker doing it for the second time. He was sporting a Hennessy and kilt. Said there were no issues hanging the entire route.

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    Shouldn't have any problem. Hiked the portion of the Long Trail that coincides with the AT on AT thru-hike in 2011. I have also hiked the northern section, but on a different trip, but did not hammock. Sometimes on the AT when the shelters were empty I'd hang inside the shelter. It was fun trying to do that. There are lots of trees in Vermont. Enjoy!

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    2nd the check for the mud and the bugs. I was through there in August one year (great swimming to be had) on the AT parts, and the northern 80 miles in October. A couple had canoes you could paddle. Also worth it. Definitely don't be in a rush.

    Great hanging to be had. You can camp in some of the ski warming huts. Well worth it for the view.

    There is one in VT and I can't remember where that is a privately owned cabin off a side trial with a deck on top that looked like a couple rednecks built on a Saturday with a case of beer. The views there were hard to beat.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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