Rough and Tumble
Vermont's Long Trail 2003
8/24/03 In Tumble's own words: "My scariest moment was when we came to the corner of a ledge with no handholds and a blind step beyond. I passed my pack around the corner to Rough and for a moment felt frozen to the rock, afraid to let go and reach out for a step that I couldn't see and didn't know if I could reach. Below was a straight drop off the mountain. Some day hikers behind me sat down and waited patiently while I worked up the nerve to leap. I finally thrust myself around the corner, letting go with both hands, and flailing with my left leg. What a relief to feel my foot land on the piece of rock jutting out on the other side. Rough was quickly there to take my hand and pass me my pack. My heart still pounds thinking of that moment."