Friday, August 21st (day 9)
We ended up camping with two different school groups last night who stayed up all night being loud. Not a great nights sleep, but thankfully the rain quieted them down around 3:30 AM. Our hike started in the rain, and with the forecast, we planned on rain all day. However, it was done by about 11am. It was actually nice because it brought the temperature down a bit. I put a cover over my pack, but rather than put my raincoat on, I embraced the free shower. Killington was our big climb today, and our biggest yet, on the Long Trail. We pushed hard, and was at the top earlier than expected. On the way up, we saw "Pringles" for the 3rd day in a row. He, of course, offered us some pringles, and was on his way down. The cooper shelter at the top was very run down. The bunks were falling apart, and even the tent platforms were unusable. It was a shame to see. It is such a beautiful setting
for a shelter.