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! 
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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.

Tuesday, November 15

Turkey Trot

Gobble up some great views! And make some holiday gifts at our painting workshop!
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! 
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Friendly Reminder: Hunting Season

It is currently hunting season in Vermont! Please be careful when doing outdoor activities in forested areas. Be aware of your surroundings, wear bright colors or make noises. Orange vests can be checked out from the gear room.

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Thursday Sunrise with Caroline and Krista
Thursday, November 17thJoin us for a sunrise hike at the Snow Bowl this Thursday! We'll leave ADK at 5:30am and return to campus by 8:30am. This is a beginner-friendly hike with fresh air, good company and hot chocolate at the summit. Sign up here.


On-Campus Outdoor Painting Workshop with Michelle
(2 sessions!)

Friday, November 18th (2:30pm)
OR
Saturday, November 19th (10:00am)

Come join the Middlebury Mountain Club for a afternoon that combines nature and art! A one to two hour session will be instructed outside 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 outside of Pearson's Hall on the side facing Battell. Bring water and clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

FRIDAY: sign up here!
SATURDAY: sign up here!


Green Mountain Express with Campbell and Joe
Friday, November 18th-Saturday, November 19th
Join us this Friday and Saturday as we cover two of Vermont's highest (and most beautiful) peaks! We'll leave Friday at 3pm and should be back with plenty of time for dinner on Saturday. Friday afternoon we'll hike to Battell Lodge; Saturday will be a ten-mile day hike cruising over Mount Abe and Mount Ellen on the historic Long Trail. There will be a pre-trip meeting Thursday at 4:30 in the gear room (if you can't go just let us know!). Sign up here.


Big Slide Ex-PIE-dition with Laura and George
Saturday, November 19th

On Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 29th we'll be venturing forth into the High Peaks Wilderness in the great state of New York (home of the world's smallest church). The objective is Big Slide Mountain. We'll summit Saturday and stay overnight at Howard Shelter, then make a pie stop on the way home on Sunday. We'll encounter incredible views, yummy food, and great new friends! Hiking experience recommended. Sign up here.

P.S. New Yorkers bite 10X more people than sharks do every year, but don't worry we'll stay safe.
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Rattlesnake Cliffs with Campbell and Cass
Monday, November 21st

Come on a Moday afternoon hike to Rattlesnake cliffs. The hike is short, about 3 miles, and we will have a great view of Lake Dunmore at the top. Although the days are getting shorter we hope to catch the sunset! Please plan on bringing a headlamp for the walk down (can be borrow from the gear room). No previous hiking experience is needed. We'll leave campus at 2:40 and will be back just in time for dinner. 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.

Tuesday, November 8

Vote! Then get outside!

After a hike to the polls, take a breather with a walk outside.
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
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Ian Burgin Lodge Dedication
Saturday, November 12th
This new lodge was inspired by the former Worth Mountain Lodge and the memory of Ian Burgin ('08). During Ian's time at Middlebury, he worked hard to preserve and repair the Worth Mountian Lodge which stood on top of the Snow Bowl and was a shelter that many students found refuge in the mountains.

All are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony of the Ian Burgin Lodge on Saturday, November 12th. Guests are encouraged to gather at Rikert Nordic Center by 1:30 pm to walk as a group to the site.

Moving forward, this lodge will be open to Middlebury students to stay and enjoy peaceful nights in the Breadloaf Wilderness. Stay tuned for more info on how to stay at the lodge!

Read more information about the lodge here.


Adventure Grants!

Thanksgiving Break Deadline: November 12th

Want to take a great outdoor trip with your friends but can't quite afford it? Apply for an Adventure Grant!

The Adventure Grant program seeks to make possible creative outdoor trips that would otherwise be financially infeasible.  Groups of 2-10 Middlebury students are eligible.  An adventure grant can help pay for your gas, food, and camping fees. The deadline for Fall Break Adventure Grants will be this Friday. Visit the Adventure Grants page of the MMC website for application materials.



Post-Election Pantsuit Sunrisewith Liesel, Krista and Rachel
Wednesday, November 9th
Can't believe the election is actually going to end? Want to greet the new era on top of a mountain? Join us for a sunrise hike to the Snow Bowl on Wednesday! We'll leave ADK at 5:15am and be back to campus by 8:15am. This is a beginner-friendly hike with fresh air, good company and warm drinks on the summit. Pantsuits are encouraged but not required. Sign up here.



Wild River Roaming Dance Party with Krista and Caroline
Friday, November 11th-Saturday, November  12th 
This is a high-mileage wintry White Mountain dance party on snowshoes. We'll be discoing into the Wild River Wilderness by the light of glowsticks on Friday evening, and dancing out 14 miles and five 4000'+ peaks later, returning to campus by 11pm on Saturday night. At least one previous high-mileage hike a must. Nearing euphoric levels of stoke are encouraged (and let's face it, you won't be able to help yourself once you get into the groove). 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.

Monday, October 31

Mountains to Hike and Foods to Eat

Actually, buildings to hike this week... Check it out.
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! 
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Cozy Wednesday Sunrise
with Caroline & Krista

Wednesday, November  2nd
 
Cold rain got you down? Want to see the best view on campus? Join us for a cozy Wednesday sunrise in the Gifford steeple. We'll meet in the front lobby of Gifford at 7:15am and walk up a few flights of stairs to enjoy the sunrise, complete with baked treats and hot cider. Sign up Here.

Fun with Wheelbarrows on the TAM
with Liesel and Dorothy

Saturday, November  5th 
MALT needs help putting down gravel on the TAM before it gets too snowy! Come help out for a few hours on Saturday to cover some tree roots so you don't trip next time you go running. On Saturday morning we'll meet at Proctor at 9:40 and walk to our worksite near the Organic Garden, work for a few hours, and be done by lunch. Sign up Here.

Fireside Dinner : Quebecois Food
Friday, November  4th  at 6:00, not 7:00
November calls for hearty food and no one does it better than our neighbors to the north.  We'll be serving delicious savory pies (traditional tourtiere and vegetarian) for dinner and a soul-nourishing dessert. As ever, bring your own bowl and spoon.

Job Opportunity: Lead for Apogee
Apogee Adventures is looking for current and recent students (age 20 or older by June 2017) to lead outdoor experiential programs in New England, Canada, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Europe this summer. If you are enthusiastic, responsible, and love working with kids in the outdoors, come learn more!

Their 30-minute Information Session will be held on Wednesday, November 2 in McCardell Bicentennial Hall 338 at 7 PM. They will be conducting interviews the following day. For more information about leading with Apogee, check out their Leaders Page (http://www.apogeeadventures.com/about-us/our-leaders/lead-for-apogee/). 
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. 
 
Bristol Ledges
It's winter in the mountains. If you're not ready, check out some ledges! 

The Bristol Ledges Trail is the perfect hike for when you're looking for something short and close by, but with super sweet views. Plus, with the snow that rolled in over the weekend, some of the major hikes in the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks are getting harder to do without winter gear (however, if you're interested, you can borrow all the gear you need from the gear room in FIC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00). But if you're feeling like it's too early in the year to put on your snow boots, stick to this lower elevation hike with rewarding views. The hike is about 3 miles round trip, with ledges at the top facing out towards downtown Bristol. This is a great spot to watch the sunset; bring a picnic and some friends. There is no parking at the trailhead, so park in town (the parking lot of Shaw's works well). From Main Street going east, turn left on Mountain Street, then the first right on Mountain Terrace. At the end of the road, look for a gate that has a sign for Bristol Ledges Trail. Happy Hiking!

Bristol Ledges Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 3 miles
Driving Time (one-way): 20 minutes
 
Happy hiking!

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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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