The Packless Man
Copyright 2011 by Mason Roulston
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There is something within human nature that seems to be hotwired to fear the unknown. Place man in the wilderness and this fear is heightened two fold. When man is in the woods, it is as if something primordial, innate from the days of our early survival, bubbles up and amplifies our senses. Every distant rustling of leaves becomes a bear on the prowl, every strong wind signals a tempest to come.
The following story is based on true events.
It was my eleventh summer at camp Lanakila in Fairlee, Vermont. I was the department head of Archery and a designated trip leader. Part of my job was to plan and lead one to five day hiking trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, The Green Mountains of Vermont, and New York’s Adirondacks. I’ve had many memorable experiences on hundreds of different trails but no other trip is so vividly burned into my memory like the overnight outing up Mt. Abraham.