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Salisbury woman turns 50, challenges herself to hike the Long Trail

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Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Tony Bates



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BAMBY PIERPONT BATES proudly stands at the Canadian border last summer as she completes a three-week, 272-mile traverse of Vermont’s storied Long Trail. When she turned 50 this past summer, Pierpont Bates challenged herself to hike the entire trail, which runs from the Massachusetts border to Canada.

VERMONT — Salisbury’s Bamby Pierpont Bates turned 50 last June. A hair stylist, wife, mother of three, and fitness buff, the Baby Boomer wanted to celebrate the milestone by doing something physically challenging and memorable that she had never done before.

So in August she hiked the entire length of Vermont’s legendary Long Trail — 272 miles from the border between Pownal, Vt., and Williamstown, Mass., to the Canadian border at Jay, Vt. She averaged 13 miles a day with a fully loaded pack.

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