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Ascent of Dorset Mountain on 2020-08-22

Climber: Sandra Roginski

Date:Saturday, August 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dorset Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

#99 - My Penultimate hike on the NE Hundred Highest for Joe and I. Off for another weekend of VT hiking. We went up the night before with sites on Dorset for me, then for Joe to catch up - hike Stratton same day, then stay up in Middlebury to hike Breadloaf and Wilson for Joe. So, this weekend was 1 for me and 4 for Joe.
Well, the day started out really questionable - it was pouring ad thundering at the trailhead. We waited in the car for about an hour to 'let the storm pass by'. We started as it was petering out. So, it was a wet trail but we went along fine. When we got to the top, we could either go straight to the summit or go via the fire tower first. We decided to take the steep trail up to the firetower, and then head over to Dorset over the ridge. The firetower is dilapidated, views pretty nice. The trail over to Dorset was completely muddy and torn up by ATV's. We had to try to bushwhack around the muddy areas as best we could. We eventually got over to the intersection where we would have come up if going directly to the summit. There is a tree with doorknobs on it (odd, but one of the things it's famous for), and the summit trail was quite nice. The summit canister was broken and full of water, so we couldn't sign in on the mushy notebook. The old pitcher is still there from when Dolores had hiked it in 2013. Overall it was a fun hike, and so cool to know that I was now at #99, with only one left to complete the goal of hiking NE hundred highest. Joe had a few to catch up to me, so upon return to the car we bolted over for him to the solo hike Stratton!
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