Monday, May 16

Last Email of the Year!




HAGS! 

                          


Weekly Board Meeting
No board meeting this week. Good luck on exams.
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!  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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All gear must be returned to the gear room from 4:30 to 7 on Tuesday (tomorrow)!

Snake Mountain Sunset
with Sofia and Sebastian

Friday, May 20th
Take a break from studying for finals to come hike Snake Mountain with us. We will meet at ADK at 6 pm, hike up Snake Mountain for a beautiful sunset, and be back on campus around 10. We will go at a nice relaxed pace, so people of all experience levels welcome! Sign up here.

Photography Sunrise
with Michael and Sebastian


Friday, May 20th

Beat finals week by coming to the Organic Garden this Friday!! We will set out at 4:30am from ADK for a gorgeous and (hopefully) warm sunrise! Unique to this trip, Michael and I (the campus darkroom managers) will provide a bunch of cameras (film and digital) as well as assistance on how to take pictures with the Manual function. Sign up here.

Nature Walk
with Dog, Professor, Caroline, and Sebastian

Thursday, May 19th
 
Join us for a leisurely walk through the woods with a DOG (yes, a dog, her name is Daisy) and botanist Helen Young, talking about all the plants, birds, and animals we see along the way. We will be leaving campus at 4:00pm on Thursday and will be back by 7:00pm - a perfect, relaxing study break from finals! It will be warm and sunny, we may even need sunscreen! Binoculars will be provided. Sign up here.

Celebratory Rock Climbing at the Beer Walls with Sofia and Joe
Sunday, May 22nd
Pre Trip Meeting Tuesday 4:30

Finally done with finals? Come celebrate by rock climbing the Beer Walls by Chapel Pond in the Adirondacks! It should be a wonderful day of celebrating the end of the year with fun on the rocks. This is a beginner-friendly trip!

Pre-trip meeting will be held on Tuesday around 4:30 pm (no gear hours after this Tuesday the 17th) in the Gear Room. Let us know if you can't make it to this.

We plan to meet in Proctor at 7 am on Sunday, drive to the Adirondacks, climb as much as everyone wants, and return to campus before dining halls close. 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, May 10

Destress with MMC!




Get some fresh air on some fresh trips!




Weekly Board Meeting
This week's meeting will be in Brooker House at 6:00 pm. 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! 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! 
SUBSCRIBE
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Flaming Flamingo this Saturday
May 14th
Lake Dunmore, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Come hang out and enjoy the weekend at MMC's Annual Spring Event, Flaming Flamingo! Swimming, lawn games, and lots of great food! Transportation will be provided: Vans leaving from ADK circle every half hour starting at 10:30am. At 12:30pm, vans will run only every hour. At 4:30pm, vans will be running every half an hour again until the last van departs from Lake Dunmore at 6:00pm.
Flaming flamingo Ceremony will be held at 1pm.

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.

Dog Team Dip with Caroline and Ry

Thursday, May 12th
ADK at 12:30, back by 2:45
Get energized with a quick jump into the river at Dog Team! We'll leave from ADK at 12:45 on Thursday, drive 10 minutes to the river, and jump in. It is supposed to be a beautiful afternoon, sunny and 75 degrees so we will hang out in the sun for a bit before returning to campus in time for any 3:00 classes. Sign up here.

Sunset Ledge with Angie and Sophie And maybe Creamees too!
Thursday, May 12th, 3:00 pm
 
We'll leave from ADK at 3pm and drive up to Lincoln. We'll take a very easy, mellow jaunt up to the ledge and enjoy the views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Take a break from the last week of classes to enjoy the onset of spring in the Mad River Valley. Sign up here.

Rock Climb the Beer Walls of the Adirondacks with Kent and Joe
Sunday, May 15th, 7:00 am
Join us for a wonderful day of climbing at the Beer Walls by Chapel Pond in the Adirondacks! As the school year winds down, this is the perfect opportunity to get out for one last big adventure before finals start weighing you down. This is a beginner-friendly trip!
We plan to meet in Proctor at 7 am, drive to the Adirondacks, climb as much as people want, and return to campus by roughly 5 pm.
We will be meeting in the gear room on Thursday evening at 4:30 pm to pass out gear and discuss our climbing plans/goals in depth. 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.



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! 
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!

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.