I was at the Mill River Suspension Bridge on the AT in Clarendon Gorge. There is a railroad crossing of the Vermont Railway crossing route 103 immediately at the parking area for the trail, which descends to the bridge from the road.
It's quite a sight. The high walls and the rushing Mill River.
There was a plaque in memory of a young man who died there when the old bridge had been partially washed out due to heavy flooding. He tried to cross the damaged span but fell into the river, which apparently washed his body down stream. He was never seen again, but I think his pack was recovered.
It was a sad story, and I learned more about it when I returned home and looked up the name of the kid on the web.
Now, I don't recall his whole name, but the last name "Brugman" comes to me.
Has anyone been over the bridge recently and recall the name on the plaque which sits over the span at the north (route 103) side of the bridge?
I am going to be going back up to the Rutland/Killington area this fall, and will be taking another look around the gorge.
I'm thinking of tenting in the pine forest just on the other side of the bridge. Is it legal? Maybe a little too close to the road, and the water for it to be a legal tent site... Would be pretty cool though.