Wednesday, May 4

Happy May! Go Out and Play




Yay, today's the day, hooray. That's the way.                         



Weekly Board Meeting
Coltrane Lounge at 6pm on Wednesdays. Bring your dinner.
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, snowshoes, stoves, tents, puffy jackets, and more! Last day to rent gear is 5/12 and all gear must be returned by 5/17. 
ADVENTURE GRANTS
Want MMC to fund an independent adventure? For questions, details, and grant application visit our website and click on the Adventure Grants tab! 
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Election for Head Guide in Training
On Wednesday, May 11th at our weekly meeting we will be voting for a new head guide in training. This person will train under the current head guide in the fall and take over in the spring. Candidates must have advanced winter guide status by next January. Contact ppeltzer@middlebury.edu with questions.

Fireside Dinner this Friday

Come enjoy a lovely dinner cooked by members of the MMC board. There will be gourmet food, scintillating conversation, and a cozy fire. Please bring your own bowl and utensils. 

Climb Gneiss Rocks
with Sofia and Joe


Friday, May 6th
Pre-trip meeting Tuesday, May 3rd at 4:30
Join us for a fun day of rock climbing at the cliffs at Lake Dunmore! This is a beginner-friendly trip, no previous rock climbing experience is necessary. We'll start at 10:30 am and be back on campus before dining halls close. Snacks will be provided but be sure to bring a full packed lunch.
Pre-trip meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 in the Gear Room (if you can't make it, please let us know and we can accommodate). Sign up here.

Belay Session with Sofia and Ben

Wednesday, May 4th 7pm 

Introductory top roping belay session. Successful completion of this course counts as a requisite for any climbing trips that require previous belay instruction. Please only sign up for this session if you do not know how to belay or if you have previously learned, but since forgotten. Sign up here.

Fireside Workshop and Barbecue 

Friday, May 6th
What is it with nature writing and all of the #grumpyoldmen? Muir, Leopold, Abbey...the list goes on. They may be household names, but they aren't exactly "à la mode" anymore--even if their #lumbersexual look appears to be all the rage again (oh hey there Portland). Move aside grumpy old men, it's time to get avant-garde: The Middlebury Fireside cordially invites you to partake in a chill gathering of writers and artists and people of diverse genres, backgrounds, and voices at the Hadley Barn near the Kirk Alumni Center. This Friday, May 6, from 3-6pm, the Fireside Magazine is hosting a writing workshop/BBQ/end of semester gathering to eat and write and talk together! Go/grumpyoldmen for more information. Hope to see you there!
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. 
Skylight Pond:
Skylight Pond is another easy day hike in the Greens that's not too far away from campus. While there's no view at the top, there is (as the name suggests) a beautiful pond and a cabin with a porch where you can have a picnic! The trail is easy to follow and climbs for 2.6 miles through a mossy forest, crossing a few streams towards the beginning. Directions are here​--a sign marks the parking lot on the right.

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, April 25

Spring into May with Seven Trips!




Andrew is doing five of them so you can too!



Weekly Board Meeting
Coltrane Lounge at 6pm on Wednesdays. Bring your dinner.
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, 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 the Adventure Grants tab! 
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Snake Mountain Sunrise
with Erin and Andrew


Friday, April 29th

Everyone knows that morning is the best time to hike. We'll wake up on a beautiful spring Friday morning and head up Snake Mountain to watch the sunrise. Every Middlebury student should do this iconic hike at least once. Why not do it on a crisp spring morning, and get the day started off on the right foot? Sign up here.

Buck Mountain Afternoon Hike with Andrew and Jenny

Friday, April 29th

Everyone knows that afternoon is the best time to hike. We'll depart after class on Friday afternoon and hike up Buck Mountain. Every Middlebury student should do this iconic hike at least once. Why not do it on a relaxed spring afternoon, and get the afternoon going on the right foot? Sign up here.

Snake Mountain Sunset with Caroline and Andrew

Friday, April 29th

Everyone knows that evening is the best time to hike. We'll head out on a pleasant spring Friday evening and hike up Snake Mountain to watch the sunset. Every Middlebury student should do this iconic hike at least once. Why not do it on a fine spring evening, and end the day on the right foot? Sign up here.

Wallface Ponds Adventure
with Dorothy and Parker


Saturday, April 30th- Sunday, May 1st

Join us for an exciting overnight in the Adirondacks involving bushwhacking up the unofficial 46er! We will leave early Saturday morning and hike 9 miles to Wallace Ponds, where we will cook a delicious dinner and camp for the night. The next morning we'll do some off-trail navigating up and over Mt. MacNaughton, then hike out and arrive back on campus early Sunday evening. Backpacking experience recommended. Sign up here.

Wright Peak Day Hike
with Andrew and Haley


Saturday, April 30th

Come hike the only peak in the Adirondacks named after a Middlebury alum! (The alum is Silas Wright, a former governor of New York.) We'll drive out to the Adirondacks on Saturday morning, and tackle this peak known for its 360 degree views and the wrecked remains of a B-47 bomber along the trail. Should be a great day to get outside and bag a peak while enjoying the spring weather! The hike is about 7 miles. Sign up here.

Buck Mountain Sunset
with Caitlin and Andrew


Saturday, April 30th
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Here's a great chance to get outside on an easy hike with a great payoff. This is great for beginners, people who just want to try out hiking, or more experienced people looking for a relaxed trip. We will leave campus at 6pm on Saturday to do a short hike up Buck Mountain in Vergennes to watch the sunset. We should be back by around 9 leaving plenty of time for people to do whatever it is they do when they're not hiking. Sign up here.

Canoeing at Chittenden "Hidden Gem" Reservoir with Matea and Sarah

Sunday, May 1st
We'll leave Middlebury at 10 am and return around 4:30, spending the day (about 3.5 hrs) enjoying and playing in the inlets and coves of Chittenden Reservoir, located in the Green Mountains. No canoeing experience necessary. We love beginners! And everyone else! 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. 
Skylight Pond:
Skylight Pond is another easy day hike in the Greens that's not too far away from campus. While there's no view at the top, there is (as the name suggests) a beautiful pond and a cabin with a porch where you can have a picnic! The trail is easy to follow and climbs for 2.6 miles through a mossy forest, crossing a few streams towards the beginning. Directions are here​--a sign marks the parking lot on the right.

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.


Tuesday, April 19

Sun's out, Gun's Out, Trips out!



Sky's out, thigh's out


Weekly Board Meeting
This week's board meeting will be in Brooker House at 6:00pm. Dinner will be provided!
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, 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 the Adventure Grants tab! 
SUBSCRIBE
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Constitution Update
At last week's board meeting we voted on and passed a new Mountain Club Constitution. Thanks to all those who came out to vote. The official text will be on our website once it has been approved by the Constitution Committee.
Are you hosting a prospective student who is interested in the outdoors community at Midd? The Mountain Club and Brooker House are having a fireside tonight from 9:30-10:30 for prospies. Bring them by for snacks and fun!
Mountain Club Tee Shirt Order

We're ordering shirts with this design on them. The number of orders will dictate the price but it should be around $15. Please submit orders by April 20 so we can get them by the end of the year. Link to pre-order here.

Franconia Ridge Traverse in the Whites with Andrew and Morgan

Friday, April 22nd-Saturday, April 23rd

Start your weekend with an epic overnight trip in the White Mountains! We'll leave Friday afternoon at 4:00pm and spend the night car camping at Lafayette Campground. We'll wake up early on Saturday, climb up to the Ridge, and bang out three incredible peaks with perhaps the best 360-degree views in the East — Little Haystack, Mt Lincoln, and Mt Lafayette. We'll end this long day descending back down to Lafayette Campground, completing the Franconia Ridge Loop. We'll then head back to campus that Saturday night. Don't expect to carry heavy packs, as we'll only need to carry enough for this one long day of trekking! Backpacking experience or strong physical endurance required. Sign up here.

Meditate Outside
with Sofia and Sebastian


Friday, April 22nd-Saturday, April 23rd

 Come join us for a relaxing time meditating, wandering, and camping at Silver Lake! We will leave on Friday afternoon at 4:15 PM, set up a base camp, and begin a day and a half of wandering, meditating, sunset watching, and eating. We will be back on campus by 5 PM on Saturday. This will be a great way to explore meditation, no matter what your skill level, and a great way to connect with nature in a relaxing way. Sign up here.
Fortnightly Feature
Spotlight on nearby trails
We are excited to introduce our third Fortnightly Featured Trail! MMC loves these trails, and you will too.​ We choose accessible day hikes that you can hike on your own time. 
Buck Mountain:
Buck Mountain is a great place to spend a lazy spring day enjoying the sunshine and views of the Adirondacks. For how short of a hike it is, this mountain has some of the best views in Addison County. It also happens to be close to Vergennes, where you can grab something to eat before or after your hike (the Vergennes Laundry is an especially yummy bakery).
Directions to the trailhead are here​. There are a few pull-offs for parking. Avoid the muddy section at the beginning by taking a cut-off trail, which comes out a bit farther down the road, by the second pull-off if you are heading east.

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.