P&E Class Withstands Cold Temperatures
March 29, 2017
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On Wednesday March 22 Monument’s People and Their Environment set out on their first hike of the semester. Around 8:45 the class loaded the bus and departed for Beartown State Forest, located in Monterey, where they would begin their 13 mile trek back to Monument.
The cold was felt immediately after stepping off the bus. “The temperature was cold, but not that cold,” stated Jonathan Mack, a junior at Monument. Although the thermometer registered temperatures in the 20’s, once the group started hiking they warmed up. “I started cold, like you’re supposed to when you go backpacking, but then after hiking for a little while I began sweating and had to shed a layer,” added Tyler Harrington. Harrington, who is a senior, is a People and Their Environment veteran. This semester marks the third time he has enrolled in the class.
After hiking for roughly two hours the group came across an old jeep trail. “OMG that sucked,” said Harrington. “At the end of that trail we all agreed that we should have put our snowshoes on,” he added. The snow conditions were not optimal. The top layer was a hard crust with powder underneath. According to Harrington, once you stepped on the top layer, you would break through and be ankle deep in powder. These factors made this section of the hike very difficult and cumbersome.
Around 12:30 the group stopped for a lunch break but because of the cold temperatures this only lasted about 15 minutes. “Eating lunch was hard because you had to keep your gloves on.” Harrington said.
At 2:20 the first hikers started arriving back at the school. “I was happy to be back, but sad the hike had to end. I had so much fun!” Harrington said. The next trip will take place from April 10th-12th at Mount Greylock, where students will hike for three days and two nights.