21-Oct-2007 -- Sharlene and I had just finished a square dance weekend in Bennington, VT, and had allowed enough time to give a shot at visiting 43N 73W before heading back to Albany where I had to catch a plane back to DC. We picked up Subway sandwiches to eat later and headed east on VT-9 out of Bennington and then north on Somerset Road near Searsburg. We followed the Deerfield River north to near Somerset enjoying the fall colors as we climbed in altitude. Navigating pretty much by the seat of the pants from there, we managed to drive to the end of a road (at least it was as far as Sharlene’s Saturn was going to negotiate). There were quite a number of vehicles parked here, mostly pickups and SUVs as it was apparently hunting season. (We passed several hunting camps along the road in getting here.) We managed to squeeze in behind a pickup and flatbed trailer. Here we were roughly a quarter mile southwest of the confluence with two trails diverging; one to the north and another east. In retrospect I probably should have picked the one to the north, but of course I chose the other. It quickly became very muddy and turned in the wrong direction. Fortunately, however, walking through the forest was not difficult so I headed uphill directly toward the confluence. Because of the tree cover, getting all zeros (photo #5) was not so easy. As is evident from the photos (#1 to the north, #2 to the east, #3 to the west and #4 to the south) the views in all directions were pretty much the same at this nondescript middle of the forest location. At this elevation, almost all of the leaves had fallen from the trees. I retraced my steps back to Sharlene whereupon we drove a short distance back downhill to a lovely spot near a large stream where we relaxed and ate our sandwiches.