Section 8 (AT in a Day)

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Mass.41 in South Egremont, MA to Bear Mountain Bridge (east end) in in Fort Montgomery, NY - 114.4 miles

Section Chiefs: Peter and Barbara Kingsley '74

Mass.41 to Mt.Everett- 5.5 miles

Hikers: Phil Lewis '53, Richard Terry '51, Debby Lewis

Richard Terry 51, Phil Lewis 53, (and Phil's wife Debby) completed the AT segment from the intersection of Rte 41 with the AT in Egremont, MA to the intersection of Race Brook Trail with the AT south of Mt. Everett, pickup provided by Dick's wife Patience..

The day started cloudy and as we reached the ridge turned windy and cold with partial sunlight. The first picture attached shows the three hikers at the start; the second a squinting Phil to the right of a smiling Richard standing at the cairn on the top of Mt. Everett.

It took us much longer than we expected to complete the loop from the intersection of Rte 41 and the AT to the intersection of Race Brook with Rte 41. The downhill portions seemed to take more time and certainly more effort than the uphill. We met no hikers on the first leg of the climb, quite a few after reaching Everett summit. None were on the ATinaday team.

We started at 9:30 and finished at about 4:45, interrupting the trip with a leisurely lunch -- clearly not trying for any records.

All in all a nice hike for a couple of old guys and a somewhat younger woman and no muscular consequences to any!

Congratulations to all who hiked and to the supporters and organizers.

Bear Mountain to Mt. Everett - 6.3 miles

Hikers: Jonathan Weinberger '95

Happy to report a successful day in the Northern Connecticut / Southern Massachusetts hills, from Sage's Ravine to Mt. Everett. The trailhead parking lot was overflowing, but the trails themselves weren't too busy. Despite recent rain, there was good footing even in the steep and rocky sections of the trail. Temps in the mid-60s were perfect for the day, for the season, and for the outing.

The attached photo was taken around the midway point -- at the summit of Mt. Race.

Mass-Conn Line to US 44- 7.4 miles

Hikers: Doug Benham '78, Denise Ruzicka '78

A little windier than expected, but the afternoon cleared up nicely. Had lunch on top of Lion's Head and enjoyed a beautiful view. I was joined at the last minute by a classmate (Denise Ruzicka '78), and after doing the shuttle shuffle with Sarah Uhl and friend, we hiked up the Undermountain Trail to the Riga Junction at the AT and then back to Rt 41 in Salisbury. Sorry we couldn't make the dinner - it would have been nice to meet more of the crew.

Using the "Mileage from Katahdin" column in the AT Trail Guide, we did the segment in CT from mile 683.9 (the Riga Junction at the top of the Undermountain Trail) to mile 689 (Rt. 41 Undermountain Rd, Salisbury, CT). Hope the project succeeded, we had a great walk!

US 7/Conn.112 to US 44- 10.1 miles

Hikers: Sarah Uhl '07

We completed the ~11mi section from the Rt 7/ Rt 112 intersection in Lime Rock, CT to Rt. 41/AT intersection in Salisbury, CT. Many thanks to Doug Benham for shuttling cars with us. At the start of our hike we also met Bob Smith '81 and his large group of hikers heading off to do the section south of ours. Bob jogged around the intersection to ensure we wouldn't miss an inch of trail.

The skies cleared up throughout the day and things warmed up a bit. The trail was heavily littered with acorns and a variety of tree nuts, which occasionally popped under our feet. After the hike we caught the tail end of the Fall Festival in Salisbury and celebrated our section's completion with hot tea and apple crisp from a local cafe.

US 7/Conn.112 to West Cornwall Road- 6.7 miles

Hikers: Bob Smith '81

As we discussed by cell phone, the section from the junction of Rte 112 and Route 7 down to West Cornwall Road is done. We saw Sarah Uhl finishing the section immediately north of ours. Between the two of us, we covered both the original portion of the AT and the detour (bridge construction) routes in the neighborhood of the Rte 112/Rte 7 junction, not that anyone would question the validity of either path. There was a car parked on West Cornwall Road with an AT In A Day logo on it, so Lyn Kobsa was no doubt out in the woods as well.

Thanks for all of your work. This was a fun day, and one worthy of great memories if we collectively managed to finish the entire trail.

Conn.4/Cornwall Bridge to West Cornwall Road- 4.8 miles

Hikers: Peter '87, Lyn Kobsa '88, Jessica, Alex

Here are pictures of our hike yesterday. Peter '87 and Lyn (Salsgiver) '88 and our two kids Jessica and Alex completed the 4.8 miles from Cornwall Bridge Road to West Cornwall Road. We had a great day, the kids did well, and the weather held out for us. We even had sun during the second half. This summer, we had stayed in the Greenleaf Hut on Mount Lafayette in NH and had met two thru hikers, so it was neat to explain to the kids that the two hikers had walked this trail before we met them in NH. They were amazed.

We didn't meet any Dartmouth hikers along the way, but we met a group of hikers who had seen other Dartmouth hikers, and they asked us why there were so many Dartmouth people around, so we explained. We saw Dartmouth cars at both ends of our hike, so we know there were people south and north of us hiking.

We had a great day. I hope the DOC was able to cover the entire trail. Let's do this again next year.

Lyn Kobsa

Conn.4/Cornwall Bridge to River Road in North Kent- 6.4 miles

Hikers: Harlan Jessup '55, Carolyn Wilson, Colby-Sawyer '57, Stephen Wilson '55

Steve and Carolyn Wilson and I completed our segment, Rt. 4 to the River Road in Kent, with no problems. Took photos on the Garden Swing (supposedly only one on the AT) at Silver Hill campsite, but mine aren't very good. Hoping Steve has a better one. Saw a Dartmouth car at the Rte. 4 trailhead. Stopped in the Fife and Drum in Kent at about 5 pm but saw none of the dinner party and headed back to home in Newtown before too late.

The trail over Silver Hill is very steep with only a minor view to compensate. But the trail from Cornwall Bridge to Kent along the river is an easy walk with nice views of the river and hills around.

Hope to meet some of you on the trail. And remember if there are trail conditions in CT which need attention, please let me know.

River Road near Swifts Bridge to Conn.341- 9.4 miles

Hikers:Michael Mascari ’65 and P’13, Lisa Gasstrom P’13

Trip Report October 10. 2009 341/Macedonia Road to Skiff Mountain Road Connecticut

11:00 Ran into Dave Hodgson ('78 and P'13) and family at the Skiff Mountain Rd. parking area. Lost one hour searching for the trail.

12:00 Switched the cars around and implemented Plan B.

12:30- Began our hike at 341/Macedonia Rd. heading north (see photo) accompanied by members of the Dartmouth Class of 1919 whose names are carved on Uncle De's (Chester DeMond '19) Senior Cane (see photo). Delighted to find bright white blazes at short intervals. Weather: cool, cloudy, windy (will it bring rain or sunshine?) -no bugs! Encountered one bright orange salamander (see photo) and three hikers-one who works in the plant that manufactured the rubber soles on my hiking boots.

3:00 Brilliant blue sky. Reached final destination at Skiff Mountain Rd. and walked the extra mile along the pavement back to our car.

6:00 Dinner with the Paynes (P'11 and P'13) at Fife and Drum in Kent, Connecticut.

Received photo of their AT hike on Saturday from son John Mascari ('13, in rear of the group) and friends near Dartmouth Skiway (see attached).

Yes, we'd do it again. Thanks to Dave Hodgson for taking the Ledges and saving a knee. Also to Peter Kingsley, our fearless Section Chief.

Bulls Bridge Road Parking Area to Conn. 341- 7.8 miles

Hikers: Gail Payne P'11 and P'13, Don Payne P'11 and P'13

Don and I completed our segment, Bulls Bridge to Rt 341/Macedonia Road in Kent, CT. We managed to hike the 7.8 mile segment in about 4 and 1/2 hours, took a very short break for lunch. We enjoyed some nice views of the valley, large granite boulders in some places and some highly appreciated flat sections. We enjoyed most the fact that except for one view that had a few buildings, we truly felt that we were in the woods with no sign of civilization. We did run into 4 parties out for day hikes: two were single men with dogs, one group of 6 twenty-somethings, and one senior. In addition we ran into a couple of backpackers, that met up on the trail, and decided to hike together for a hundred miles. One of these backpackers was a young woman who is hiking the entire AT in large chunks. The other was a sixty-something man, who was very interested in the AT in a Day event, and took some photos of us. We enjoyed a delicious and leisurely dinner at the Fife and Drum with Lisa Gasstrom and Michael Mascari, as well as cousins of ours that have a house in Kent and gave us a ride back to our car.

Trail conditions: Heading north from Bull's bridge, during the first steep ascent, a very large tree was down blocking the trail. Don also remembers vaguely on a steep descent somewhere north of Schaghticoke mountain a sharp right turn is missing a blaze. We noticed the tree with the blaze was down.

Does anyone know if the last four segments got done?

Either way it was a great accomplishment, and as Dartmouth parents we were very happy to take part.

Side Trail to Bulls Bridge Road Parking Area to to N.Y.22- 10.5 miles

Hikers: Sean Wilson '80, Paige Wilson

We completed our segment of the trail from Bulls Bridge/Rt. 341 CT to Appalachian Trail RR Station/Rt.22 in NY on Saturday, October 10, 2009. Began hiking around 8:15am at NY Rt. 22 and hiked north over Hammersly Ridge and 10 Mile Hill to 10 Mile River and the Housatonic River in CT. Finished around 3:30pm. Slight detour north od=f 10 Mile Hill due to poor trail markings. Otherwise a greta day. Started out overcast and a bit drippy at higher elevations but cleared as the day progressed. Marked difference when we crossed the ridge over the Housatonic River valley and felt strong northerly breezes and clearing skies. Passed approx 12+ SoBo hikers and no NoBos which means either a) everyone was heading south for the winter or b) we were enjoying the scenery too to catch up with those ahead of us.My daughter, Paige (prospective '14) was very impressed with the effort and plans on applying later this fall.

Although I was active in the outdoors before and after college somehow I spent four years in Hanover with only a minimal involvement with DOC (freshman trip, skiing at the skiway, a couple of nights an the cabins and senior weekend at Moosilauke). Still, knowing the DOC has been there for 100 years is very reassuring to me as I believe the outdoor experience is an essential part of Dartmouth and one that is in danger of being lost. I did not realize how much I needed the occasional outdoor experience until I was graduated and gone from Hanover but I now understand more than ever that I need to be outdoors, away from what we call civilization on a regular basis for my health and sanity. I am glad that the DOC has been a force for getting Dartmouth students and alumni outdoors for 100 years and hope you continue for at least a hundred more. Keep up the good work.

N.Y.22 to Long Hill Road in Hortontown,NY- 22.1 miles

Hikers: Mike Toll '77, Molly Toll-Reed

I hiked 22.3 miles in Section 8, starting from Metro North RR platform on NY Route 22 north of Pawling NY ("Miles from Katahdin= 740.7"). From there I headed southwest, ending at the intersect of the AT with Long Hill Rd. just west of Hortontown, NY ("Miles from Katahdin= 763.0"). I was accompanied by my sister Molly Toll-Reed until her programmed stopping point at the parking area on Route 52 just south of I-84.

The first time I read of the ATinaDay idea (August?), I thought "Nice idea"...but I did not investigate. A later ATinaDay email (in September?) made me wonder how this "Great Idea" was evolving. Reviewing the interactive trail map, I saw that the above trail section was both available and near to my Newtown, CT home. Given my Cabin & Trails experiences starting as a Freshman (Year 1973), plus many later hiking experiences in the US and elsewhere, I saw a great backyard opportunity! That same day I "enlisted"!

A few emails later my sister Molly signed on, no questions asked. She did express her hope that her own trail efforts would be limited to some 10-11 miles of hiking. I estimated that a parking lot on Rte 52 just south of I-84 would fit the bill nicely.

I happily report "Mission Accomplished".

We reached our starting point at the Pawling RR platform on Route 22 north of Pawling, NY, with the kind help of Sean Wilson (a Dartmouth grad from nearby Ridgefield, CT) and his daughter Page. We did not previously know each other, but the Pawling RR station was our common starting point. Sean drove my sister and me to Pawling from our car drop-off location further south.

At 8:15 AM my sister and I were on the trail, and by 6:15 PM the hike was finished. We greatly enjoyed the trail, the Fall colors and temperatures, even the somewhat temperamental weather (the gusty, occasionally drippy AM, replaced through the afternoon by calmer, clearer skies). The trail was well blazed, well maintained, and countoured pleasantly through hill and dale. Watering holes at the 3 shelters were much appreciated...although the handpump at Morgan Stewart Shelter (and also at the later RPH Shelter) dispensed strong "shots" of rusty iron coloration AND aftertaste. The geologist in me enjoyed the igneous and metamorphic rocks adorning the trail. Nuclear Lake remained a curiosity to us. Who knows what evils still lurk in the depths of that lake or the surrounding woods? Perhaps the lake has a more distinctive aura in the darkness of midnight?

We were a bit concerned that my sister's parking site on Rte. 52 did not appear until 3:15 PM. Unspoken thoughts suspected our legs of treachery: 7 hours to cover a modest 10 or 11 miles!? And with only 4 hours of remaining sunlight, I still had 11 or 12 miles to go! Would darkness fall upon an untravelled gap in the ATinaDay?

With such doubts I added dip to the hip and glide to my stride. Fortunately additional "mountains" were only hills, and the 3-mile long traverse of Hosner Mtn. provided beautiful, late afternoon lighting of the Fishkill Valley region. Unexpectedly soon I arrived at RPH shelter, which I knew was only 3 miles or so from my parked car! Fortified by another shot of rust-encrusted "iron water" gathered at RPH, I reached the car at 6:15 PM, just in time to capture a photo of ATinaDay sign + car window + setting sun filtering through the trees (3 photos attached). That sure beat leaving a trail gap in the gathering darkness!

Only now, two days after the hike, do I realize that my trusting, uncomplaining sister actually covered 14.8 miles to reach her "10 mile" parking lot! No wonder my solo segment was so short! Think I should tell her? I bet she's already got her own trail proposal for me!

Surely many friendships were created or renewed this past Saturday. I congratulate and thank the program originators, coordinators and participants. Without a doubt, the Great Idea itself became a Great Day!

Mike Toll D '77

Long Hill Road in Hortontown,NY to Dennytown Road in Clarence Fahnestock St Park- 8.3 miles

Hikers: Andre Hunter '83, Kelly Fowler Hunter '83

Our hike on Saturday was fabulous. We were a party of two -- Andre Hunter '83 and Kelly Fowler Hunter '83 (that's me) -- and we covered 8.3 miles from Long Hill Road in Wiccopee, NY (where???) to Dennytown Road in Putnam Valley, NY. We feel quite inadequate, though, because unlike Peter and Barbara Kingsley, we have no exciting stories to share....just a wonderful day of hiking. (We did, however, see what we believed to be the Kingsleys' Red Prius parked at our southern terminus and we left an autographed AT-in-a-Day Logo on their windshield.)

Before our hike, as we were dropping off a car at Dennytown Road, we ran into two very grizzly-looking through-hikers who were in search of a water source. (Fortunately, they found one.) But once we started, we saw no hikers for the first 4.7 miles; all we spotted were three trail maintainers who were breaking up rocks to use as gravel for the trail. We did pass a few hikers towards the end of our hike, but that was about it for excitement.

I've attached four photos...Andre at the top of Shenandoah Mountain (Wiccopee NY); Kelly at the intersection of the AT and Route 301 in Fahnestock Park; Andre and Kelly finding an AT trail register nailed to a tree (and signing it) just south of the AT's intersection with the blue-blazed Fahnestock Trail; and Kelly overlooking Canopus Lake.

This was such great fun...we can't wait to do it again. Thanks to all the organizers for putting so much hard work into making this happen. It certainly was a huge success from our vantage point. Congratulations to the Dartmouth Outing Club!

Dennytown Road in Clarence Fahnestock State Park to Rt. 9/403- 8.7 miles

Hikers:Peter B. Kingsley '74,Barbara Kingsley, Matthew Judge

Here is a description of our route: Northern end = Dennytown Rd. in Clarence Fahnestock Sate Park (771.3 miles from Katahdin) Southern end = US 9 and NY 403 (780.0 miles from Katahdin) Connecting with neighboring hikers (to confirm no gaps between hikers): South neighbor -- gave shuttle ride to Jack Patterson and his friend Paul from Bear Mt. Inn to US 9 / NY 403, whence they hiked south North neighbor -- Kelly Hunter left a note on our windshield on Dennytown Rd. (we left a logo on our dashboard)

HUMOR (or, Why You Should Always Bring Two of Everything With You) 1) Twice as much food as you need. We took food out of one knapsack to split it more evenly between two people, then forgot to put half of it back in. Fortunately we began with twice as much food as we needed, so we did okay. 2) Two cameras. We brought two cameras with us. At the top of a hill, as we prepared for our Grand Documentation Photo, we realized that we had left our main camera by a roadside rest stop, and agreed to drive back after the hike to pick it up. However, we then found that after we downloaded old pictures from the second camera to our computer, we forgot to put the picture card back in the camera. So Peter had to run back ~1 mile to get the main camera so we could continue taking pictures. 3) Two sets of car keys. We left our friend Matt's car at the end of the route, drove our car to the beginning, and all three hiked back to his car. When we arrived, Matt realized he had left his keys in our car. Peter begged a ride back to our car and while he was doing this, Barbara Jo and Matt were leaning against his car when some motorcycles drove by, their vibrations set off the alarm in Matt's car, and they had no way to turn off the alarm, so they had to wait for it to go through its entire cycle of sounds.

Bear Mt. Bridge to Rt 9/403 NY - 5.8 miles

Hikers: Jack Patterson '60, Paul Sloane

If I missed someone please forward. We got her done. My friend Paul Sloane and I - me with backpack. Also photo of Peter and Barbara with us. Great day (GREAT day) - hope it went well for all. I too missed the supper; tuckered out! Rafter Jack (Patterson '60.) You are invited to view my online photos at the KODAK Gallery. Enjoy!

Bear Mountain( Northern Part)- 1.8 miles

Hikers: Dave Hodgson (Hodgie) '78, John Hodgson, Nick Hodgson

Took me a while to find the little gadget that transfers my pictures to my computer, but I can now provide a trip report! My sons, John and Nick, and I were latecomers to this adventure and had a rather whimpy 1.8mi segment from River Road, Kent to Skiff Mountain Road. Nick had a hockey game to get to in NYC late in the afternoon, so we set out before lunch. As luck would have it, we ran into team Mascari as they prepared to do the segment just south of us - they are also P '13s, so it was an added bonus to meet them! We dropped the car at the parking area on Skiff Mountain and my wife, Laurie, headed home to Falls Village to attempt some more knee-friendly activities. The pics attached are self-explanatory, but we were honored to be able to walk a segment where some New Hampshire crew had cut steps into the rock some fifty years ago. My sons were a bit skeptical about walking up this 700 ft elevation change, but soon realized wet leaves made this much safer uphill than downhill. The views are hardly given justice by these photos - this whole section of the AT along the Housatonic is spectacular in autumn.

Would we do this again? You bet! And thanks, Nora ('13), for letting us know about this fabulous day. As an old Winter Sports officer, it was wonderful to think back on those great Outing Club times in the seventies....