Tuesday, January 17

MMC Elections this week!

Only 3 More Weeks of J-Term Left!!!
Weekly Board Meeting
Wednesdays at 6:00PM. Coltrane Lounge. All are welcome! Feel free to bring dinner and a friend.
GEAR HOURS
Come on by the Gear Room in FIC Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 - 7:00 to borrow gear for free. Backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, snowshoes, stoves, tents, puffy jackets, and more!  
ADVENTURE GRANTS
Want MMC to fund an independent adventure? For questions, details, and grant application visit our website and click on theAdventure Grants tab! 
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We are back in Coltrane Lounge for the board meeting this week at 6:00pm. See you there!
 
Mountain Club Board Elections
Wednesday, January 18th (THIS WEEK!)


Elections to fill all club positions will be held this week. These positions will start in the spring semester and run a full year until the end of next J-term, although positions can be vacated if someone is going abroad and a special election will be held to fill their position.

This is a great opportunity to have an active leadership position on campus, and positions range from small to large. Any member of the campus community is allowed to run for a position, but previous participation with the Mountain Club and board meetings in recommended. Descriptions of board positions can be viewed here.

UPDATE: The position of Head Guide in Training will also be up for election. This person will train with current head guide, Parker Peltzer, and assist with guide seminars this spring before taking over as Head Guide next school year.

Please notify mmc@middlebury.edu with intentions to run so we can budget the right amount of time on election day for short statements for candidates. 

J-term Getaway with Laura and George
Friday, January 20th
Join us on the first Mountain Club trip to the newly built Burgin Lodge! It looks like snow in the mountains this week-- let's go play in the snow and spend a night in a beautiful heated cabin in the woods. We'll leave campus Friday afternoon and head up to Breadloaf for an easy hike to the lodge. We'll be out of the mountains and back on campus Saturday by lunchtime. All outdoor experience levels are welcome! Sign up here.


Nature Painting with Michelle
Saturday, January 20th, 10:30pm

Come join the Middlebury Mountain Club for a morning that combines nature and art! A one to two hour session will be instructed on campus where we will be painting nature themed imagery on an 11” x 14” canvas. Acrylic paint, canvas, brushes, and instruction will be provided. No artistic experience is necessary and each step to painting the image will be guided. Participants will be able to keep their artwork. You can gift it, hang it up, or continue to paint on your own!

Meet in the Brooker House basement at 10:30am. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty. Sign up here.


Great Camp Santanoni Ski Trip with Jake and Daria
Saturday, January 20th-Sunday, January 21st

With all the activity down in Washington, D.C. this weekend, we will be taking to the Adirondacks for a beginner-friendly XC ski trip. We'll check out one of the largest remaining Great Camps before skiing across nearby Newcomb Lake. Depart late Saturday morning for an early evening return on Sunday. Sign up here.

 
Fortnightly Feature
Spotlight on nearby trails
We are excited to introduce our fourth Fortnightly Featured Trail! MMC loves these trails, and you will too.​ We choose accessible day hikes that you can hike on your own time. 
 
 
Burgin Lodge
When we woke up the sky was just beginning to lighten above the Snow Bowl. The woods were quiet except for a few small streams carrying the recent snowmelt, and we saw no one on the walk down except for a few Rikert employees. When we got back to campus, I was exhausted but my clothes smelled like wood smoke and fresh pine and I already couldn’t wait for the next time I go to the Burgin Lodge.
The Burgin Lodge opened just a few weeks ago on one of the trails at Rikert Nordic Center. Built in honor of Ian Burgin (’08), this backcountry cabin is close to Middlebury and accessible without a car. Don’t be deceived by the word backcountry, though, because staying at the Burgin Lodge is really more like glamping. The cabin is beautifully constructed, insulated, and has a woodstove with plenty of wood. Though there is no electricity or running water, compared to most backcountry standards this is luxurious.
We stayed at the cabin last night in possibly the grossest weather yet this winter. We arrived just as it was getting dark and immediately started a fire with the convenient stack of kindling next to the stove. In no time chili was simmering on the stove and the cabin was warm and cozy.
If staying here is this fun in 50-degree, rainy weather with class the next day, I can only imagine what it’s like when there is plenty of snow—and time—to explore the area around the lodge. With such a good basecamp there are endless adventures here in all seasons.
If you go the Burgin Lodge, reserve the cabin on Ideal Logic. If you don’t have a car you can get to Rikert on the ACTR bus. Make sure to bring enough water, as there is no nearby source at the cabin, and leave yourself at least one hour of daylight to get to the cabin from the Rikert parking lot, especially if you are unfamiliar with the trails (the snowshoe trails at Rikert don’t always line up with the map, so your best bet is to follow the ski trails up to the cabin).

Winter hiking note: Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes. Snowshoes, cross country skis, and warm jackets can all be rented from the Gear Room for free.
Happy hiking!


Check it out!
Thursday, January 19th, 1:00-2:30pm 

Room 103 The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest


Hear a presentation about the College’s recent carbon neutrality achievement and discussion/questions about how we got there - and share ideas about how to go forward.

Jack Byrne, Midd’s Director of the Office of Sustainability Integration, will do a presentation of the details of this initiative followed by questions and discussion.


This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Environmental Council, and the Office of Sustainability Integration.
Do you love going on trips? Do you admire your awesome MMC guides? We're always looking for new MMC guides. Become one yourself by following these 5 easy steps! Email the head guide, Parker Peltzer, at ppeltzer@middlebury.edu with any questions.
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Monday, January 9

J-term, Play-term

Let's get outside together and try new things!
Weekly Board Meeting
Wednesdays at 6:00PM. This week's meeting will be held in the Brooker House basement. All are welcome! Feel free to bring dinner and a friend.
GEAR HOURS
Come on by the Gear Room in FIC Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 - 7:00 to borrow gear for free. Backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, snowshoes, stoves, tents, puffy jackets, and more!  
ADVENTURE GRANTS
Want MMC to fund an independent adventure? For questions, details, and grant application visit our website and click on theAdventure Grants tab! 
SUBSCRIBE
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This week's board meeting will be held in the Brooker House basement at 6:00pm. Stay tuned for a location change next week!  See you then.
 
Mountain Club Board Elections
Wednesday, January 18th


During the MMC meeting the second week of J-term, elections to fill all club positions will be held. These positions will start in the spring semester and run a full year until the end of next J-term, although positions can be vacated if someone is going abroad and a special election will be held to fill their position.

This is a great opportunity to have an active leadership position on campus, and positions range from small to large. Any member of the campus community is allowed to run for a position, but previous participation with the Mountain Club and board meetings in recommended. Descriptions of board positions can be viewed here.

UPDATE: The position of Head Guide in Training will also be up for election. This person will train with current head guide, Parker Peltzer, and assist with guide seminars this spring before taking over as Head Guide next school year.

Please notify mmc@middlebury.edu with intentions to run so we can budget the right amount of time on election day for short statements for candidates. 

Thursday Sunrise with Sophie and Parker
Thursday, January 12th at 6:00am
Start the season by seeing the sunrise with Sophie and Parker at the Snow Bowl! We'll leave campus early and hike the Long Trail from Middlebury Gap to the summit. Bring warm layers and we'll bring cocoa. Sign up here.


Winter Guide Seminar
J-Term

Want to become an MMC Guide and lead awesome trips? Sign up for the Winter Guide Seminar, happening this J Term. (You must have already have WFA, WFR or WEMT certification, or be enrolled in the Middlebury Feb Break WFR.) We'll do 4 classroom sessions on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm, and be in the field either the weekend of 1/21-1/22 or 1/28-1/29 and potentially one other day, TBD. You must be able to attend all training to become a guide. Expect serious fun and serious learning.  Have questions? Already a guide and looking to become a winter guide too? Email MMC Head Guide Parker Peltzer. Sign up here.


Fortnightly Feature
Spotlight on nearby trails
We are excited to introduce our fourth Fortnightly Featured Trail! MMC loves these trails, and you will too.​ We choose accessible day hikes that you can hike on your own time. 
 
 
Bread Loaf Mountain
Take a break from studying this week and go find some snow with a hike up Bread Loaf Mountain!
Bread Loaf is that long, skinny ridge sticking out from the Greens that you can see from Rikert Nordic Center. Though the hike up is woodsy, the ridge itself has a few openings that give unique views of the Greens to the north and south. Walking along the top of the ridge, flat ground gets narrower and narrower, the wind cuts through the trees and it feels as though you are approaching the end of the world. The final viewpoint provides unexpectedly dramatic views of the Bread Loaf campus, the Middlebury gap and even the town of Middlebury.
Despite its beauty, Bread Loaf is not a popular day hiking mountain, and you are more likely to see a moose than a person on the way up. There are a couple ways to reach the mountain, both medium to long hikes. Skylight pond trail, the shorter and steeper approach, begins on Road 59 and goes to Skyline lodge, a four-walled cabin by Skylight pond on the Long Trail (for more information on this trail, see our previous fortnightly feature at go/fortnightly feature). To get to Bread Loaf from here, follow the Long Trail north from the junction for 1.2 miles until you come to a sharp turn with a sign for the side trail to the viewpoint on Bread Loaf, 0.1 miles.
            Another approach to the mountain is from the north, on the Emily Proctor trail. This trail is even less used than Skylight Pond, and for most of the way traverses up a gradual incline past old logging areas and gorgeous streams. Make sure to pay attention to the blue blazes, as the rough trail condition and old roads it crosses can be misleading. The trail joins the Long Trail at the Emily Proctor lean-to. To get to Bread Loaf from here, follow the Long Trail south for 0.6 miles to the same junction with the Bread Loaf Mountain side trail. Long trail maps can be rented from the gear room.

Enjoy the snow, the views, and the quiet. Happy Hiking!

Difficulty level: hard
Length:
Skylight Pond trail: 3.8 miles one way
 Emily Proctor trail: 4.2 miles one way

Directions to parking are here for Skylight Pond and here for Emily Proctor. Note that part of FR 59 is closed in the winter.

Winter hiking note: Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes and bright colors for hunting season. Microspikes are also probably not a bad idea this time of year. All of this can be rented from the Gear Room for free.
Happy hiking!
Do you love going on trips? Do you admire your awesome MMC guides? We're always looking for new MMC guides. Become one yourself by following these 5 easy steps! Email the head guide, Parker Peltzer, at ppeltzer@middlebury.edu with any questions.

 

Monday, December 12

Happy Holidays!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....
Weekly Board Meeting
NO MEETING THIS WEEK
Wednesdays at 6:00PM in Coltrane Lounge (across from Ross dining hall). All are welcome! Feel free to bring dinner and a friend.
GEAR HOURS
WE ARE OPEN DURING FINALS WEEK!
Come on by the Gear Room in FIC Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 - 7:00 to borrow gear for free. Backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, snowshoes, stoves, tents, puffy jackets, and more!  
ADVENTURE GRANTS
Want MMC to fund an independent adventure? For questions, details, and grant application visit our website and click on theAdventure Grants tab! 
SUBSCRIBE
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Tuesday (TOMORROW!) Stressbuster Sunset Hike with Krista and Liesel
Tuesday, December 13th at 2:45pm
Need a short break from studying? Want to get outside and enjoy the crisp Vermont air without being away for too long? Join us for a stress-busting, smile-inducing, productivity-increasing, joy-filled Snake Mountain sunset on Tuesday! We'll leave ADK at 2:45pm and hike up Snake Mountain to catch the sunset, then return to campus by 6:00pm. We'll have holiday cookies and hot chocolate at the summit! This is a beginner-friendly hike with about 2 hours of hiking. Sign up here.


Winter Guide Seminar
J-Term

Want to become an MMC Guide and lead awesome trips? Sign up for the Winter Guide Seminar, happening this J Term. (You must have already have WFA, WFR or WEMT certification, or be enrolled in the Middlebury Feb Break WFR.) We'll do 4 classroom sessions on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm, and be in the field either the weekend of 1/21-1/22 or 1/28-1/29 and potentially one other day, TBD. You must be able to attend all training to become a guide. Expect serious fun and serious learning.  Have questions? Already a guide and looking to become a winter guide too? Email MMC Head Guide Parker Peltzer. Sign up here.

Calendar Photos

We've just flipped to the last page of the calendar. You know what that means? It's time to make the annual Tastefully Nude Mountain Club Calendar!

Tasteful photos in the outdoors can be submitted to mmc@middlebury.edu. Please only submit photos of people who have consented to you submitting to the calendar. Only Middlebury College students 18 or older may appear in photos.


Fortnightly Feature
Spotlight on nearby trails
We are excited to introduce our fourth Fortnightly Featured Trail! MMC loves these trails, and you will too.​ We choose accessible day hikes that you can hike on your own time. 
Bread Loaf Mountain
Take a break from studying this week and go find some snow with a hike up Bread Loaf Mountain!
Bread Loaf is that long, skinny ridge sticking out from the Greens that you can see from Rikert Nordic Center. Though the hike up is woodsy, the ridge itself has a few openings that give unique views of the Greens to the north and south. Walking along the top of the ridge, flat ground gets narrower and narrower, the wind cuts through the trees and it feels as though you are approaching the end of the world. The final viewpoint provides unexpectedly dramatic views of the Bread Loaf campus, the Middlebury gap and even the town of Middlebury.
Despite its beauty, Bread Loaf is not a popular day hiking mountain, and you are more likely to see a moose than a person on the way up. There are a couple ways to reach the mountain, both medium to long hikes. Skylight pond trail, the shorter and steeper approach, begins on Road 59 and goes to Skyline lodge, a four-walled cabin by Skylight pond on the Long Trail (for more information on this trail, see our previous fortnightly feature at go/fortnightly feature). To get to Bread Loaf from here, follow the Long Trail north from the junction for 1.2 miles until you come to a sharp turn with a sign for the side trail to the viewpoint on Bread Loaf, 0.1 miles.
            Another approach to the mountain is from the north, on the Emily Proctor trail. This trail is even less used than Skylight Pond, and for most of the way traverses up a gradual incline past old logging areas and gorgeous streams. Make sure to pay attention to the blue blazes, as the rough trail condition and old roads it crosses can be misleading. The trail joins the Long Trail at the Emily Proctor lean-to. To get to Bread Loaf from here, follow the Long Trail south for 0.6 miles to the same junction with the Bread Loaf Mountain side trail. Long trail maps can be rented from the gear room.

Enjoy the snow, the views, and the quiet. Happy Hiking!

Difficulty level: hard
Length:
Skylight Pond trail: 3.8 miles one way
 Emily Proctor trail: 4.2 miles one way

Directions to parking are here for Skylight Pond and here for Emily Proctor. Note that part of FR 59 is closed in the winter.

Winter hiking note: Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes and bright colors for hunting season. Microspikes are also probably not a bad idea this time of year. All of this can be rented from the Gear Room for free.
Happy hiking!
Do you love going on trips? Do you admire your awesome MMC guides? We're always looking for new MMC guides. Become one yourself by following these 5 easy steps! Email the head guide, Parker Peltzer, at ppeltzer@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Monday, November 28

The Final Push

21 days until break.....
Weekly Board Meeting
Wednesdays at 6:00PM in Coltrane Lounge (across from Ross dining hall). All are welcome! Feel free to bring dinner and a friend.
GEAR HOURS
Come on by the Gear Room in FIC Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 - 7:00 to borrow gear for free. Backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, snowshoes, stoves, tents, puffy jackets, and more!  
ADVENTURE GRANTS
Want MMC to fund an independent adventure? For questions, details, and grant application visit our website and click on theAdventure Grants tab! 
SUBSCRIBE
Know a loved one or friend who isn't getting our emails? Friends don't let friends miss out on MMC events. Email mmc@middlebury.edu to subscribe!

Apply to Lead a FOO! Trip
DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 30th
Apply to lead an Wilderness Explorations or Community Engagement orientation trip for new Febs! Here are a few reasons to lead a Wilderness Explorations FOO Trip:
  1.  Fun trainings one night a week during J-Term where you learn to improve winter hiking skills!
  2.  Meet new Febs and spend a snowy weekend in the woods getting to know each other.
  3.  FOO trips go out the weekend after the first week of classes during the spring semester so you won't miss Feb break!
  4.  This is an easy and fast way to become an MMC guide!


Relaxing Trail-less Woods Walk to Beautiful Gilmore Pond 
with Morgan and Parker

Saturday, December 3rd

Whose woods these are I think I know! They can be yours. Slow the pace of your week with a sweet, relaxing Saturday afternoon stroll in the Bristol Cliffs Wilderness. We'll take a walk through classic Vermont woods to the beautiful Gilmore Pond and marsh. There will also be the remnants of sheep pastures and old early European settlements for us to observe and reminisce about this recovering Vermont wilderness. Stone walls, rusty pitchforks, and kitchen tools are among the few artifacts we may stumble upon in these woods. With no trails and only our compass and map to guide us, experience the feeling of Vermont solitude at its wildest! We may even see a moose or bear. We'll leave at 12:30pm from ADK circle on Saturday and be back to campus by 5:00pm. Lots of dark chocolate will be provided! Sign up here.

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Painting Workshop with Michelle
Saturday, December 3rd

Come join the Middlebury Mountain Club for a afternoon that combines nature and art! A one to two hour session will be instructed on campus where we will be painting nature themed imagery on an 11” x 14” canvas. Acrylic paint, canvas, brushes, and instruction will be provided. No artistic experience is necessary and each step to painting the image will be guided. Participants will be able to keep their artwork. You can gift it, hang it up, or continue to paint on your own!

Meet in the Brooker House basement. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty.
Sign up here.



Fortnightly Feature
Spotlight on nearby trails
We are excited to introduce our fourth Fortnightly Featured Trail! MMC loves these trails, and you will too.​ We choose accessible day hikes that you can hike on your own time. 
 
Mt. Abe
The leaves are almost all gone and there is snow in the mountains! Pack some warm clothes and get up there to remind yourself how much fun winter is.
            Mt. Abe is the closest “big mountain” to campus, and the fifth highest peak in Vermont. Although I’ve hiked it many times before, the beautiful trail and rewarding views at the top never get old.
            There are two ways to get to the summit of Abe: either up the Long Trail from the top of Lincoln Gap, or up Battell Trail, which joins the Long Trail just before the Battell Shelter. The Battell Trail is a slightly longer approach, but is in my opinion a more well-built (and less crowded) trail. It is also more accessible in the winter when the Lincoln Gap is closed. This time of year fallen leaves sometimes make the trail hard to see, but it’s easy to follow the blue blazes until you come to the junction with the Long Trail.
            This time of year it is still late fall at the trailhead, but as you get higher the snow appears, and by the summit there are a few inches. Early on a Sunday morning there is almost nobody on the trails, and the woods are completely silent except for a hiss of sleet falling. Though there are still at least a few weeks before Middlebury looks like this, it’s exciting to get a first taste of winter. Happy Hiking!
             
Battell Trail parking to summit: 3 miles
Difficulty level: difficult
For directions to the Battell Trailhead and more information, visit go/fortnightlyfeature

*Winter hiking note: As of this weekend microspikes were not necessary to climb Abe, but depending on the weather conditions could change quickly. If you plan to hike in the Greens, you can rent a pair of microspikes from the Gear Room for free. And remember to bring plenty of warm layers—it’s much colder in the mountains than in Middlebury.
 
Happy hiking!
Do you love going on trips? Do you admire your awesome MMC guides? We're always looking for new MMC guides. Become one yourself by following these 5 easy steps! Email the head guide, Parker Peltzer, at ppeltzer@middlebury.edu with any questions.