Pico Camp Shelter, Rutland VT
Pico Camp Shelter Travel Blog› entry 26 of 43 › view all entries
May 13th, 2009 – by: RSofR
We aimed for Cooper lodge, near the summit of Killington, with plenty of daylight to unpack and cook dinner. When we arrived, however, be were disgusted by the state of the site. The windows had been smashed, the shutters were gone. The inside had not only been graffittied and the signs and notices burned on the walls, but it was trashed. There were empty bottles, cans, wrappers and garbage everywhere. Jon took lots of pictures of the lodge with the intent of sending them to the Green Mountain Club, the group that maintains the VT AT/LT shelters.
In less than an hour and fifteen minutes, we made it. The trail was relatively flat, with some downhill action, allowing us to move quicker, though it was still quite dangerous in its rocky/rooty ways. Jon twisted his ankle a second time, rolling it in and crunching the joint during a downhill section, and had to rest it immediately.
The Pico camp was the same type of structure as Cooper lodge, but a bit smaller... a much more pleasant. We were so pleased by the condition! And the fact that it had four complete walls just made us jump for joy. It was tidy and clean, and very cozy... until the sun went down. Again, it got COLD.
We made a very spicy chili dish with pasta and veggies, and decided that we should partially combine our sleeping gear to maximize warmth. It was an okay night of sleep, but my feet were cold for most of it and I was beginning to feel uncomfortable about being un-showered :P We woke up relatively early, packed up, had some pop tarts and prepared to summit Pico, despite cloudy skies, chilly air and GUSTY wind conditions.
Signed, Moosegut and Saltlick
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