Today was the hottest day we’ve had so far. Under a mile from our shelter, we had climbed Glastenbury Mountain and had the opportunity to climb a lookout tower. The humidity gave the mountains of Vermont a deep, hazy shadow. By mid afternoon, heat index reached 104 degrees. We took our time today, took a lot of breaks and swam whenever we could. We climbed 1,700 ft to Stratton Mountain. The peak was covered in dense pine but the summit offered a lookout tower with incredible 360 degree views. Stratton Mountain is said to be where Benton MacKaye first imagined a long distance trail that would link the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. We climbed down Stratton Mountain, passed Stratton Pond and set up a campsite near Winhall River. We hiked 21.4 miles for the day.