Monday, September 24

[mmc-l] Climbing, Kayaking, and Hiking OH MY!


Come play outside with us this week!!  Please be warned that last Friday's day hike filled up in 2 HOURS!! So jump on these trips asap if you are interested!
Long Trail at Midd Gap with Avery, Liia, and Cliff 10/29-10/30
Join Avery, Liia and Cliff for backpacking trip on Vermont's famous Long Trail, traversing the main ridge of the Green Mountains! We will head south from Middlebury Gap and summit up to 3 peaks on Saturday! We will spend the night at a shelter and return to Midd by lunch on Sunday.  Email to sign up. 

Fireside this Friday! 7pm Brooker living room

Come out to Brooker House at 7pm this Friday for our bi-weekly, open to anyone and everyone, fireside dinners!  If you are interested in meeting the MMC crew and/or getting a taste of what it's like to live in Brooker--this is where you should be! This week will feature Casey Engstrom's to-die-for enchiladas!  Feel free to bring a plate!!

Friday Day Hike to Snake Mountain with Jack, Tess, and Kiana
Leaving from ADK Circle at 3pm, join Jack, Tess, and Kiana for 3 hour round trip (including driving) to Snake Mountain, possibly the most classic day hike for MiddKids.  From the top you'll see a breathtaking view of Lake Champlain and the oh so majestic 'Dacks!  Plan to get back just in time for Fireside at Brooker!!
Adventure Race October 6th!
Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, VT is hosting the Checkpoint Challenge -- a unique endurance & adventure race wherein teams navigate around the Craftsbury campus, completing various challenges along the way. The checkpoints are designed to be physically and tactically difficult: think of things like felling a tree, building a structure, lighting a fire, solving a brain teaser, etc.  Teams of 4 can register for 80$ (MMC will cover your registration fee!).    Disclaimer: the race is a 2.5 hours drive away (MMC will provide wheels and eats for the road) registration starts at 12pm, race starts at 2pm.  To sign up (either as a team or individually) email Tess at
Prospective Climbing Guide Prep, Fall Break
Interested in becoming an MMC climbing guide? As you probably already know, to do so you'll need to complete the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor Course. The prerequisites for this course include experience building anchors with traditional gear and leading easy to moderate traditionally protected climbs. If you're psyched but don't have sufficient traditional anchoring and leading experience, this is the workshop for you.  Join Derek for a two day intensive on traditional climbing skills. Participants may have the opportunity to lead actual trad pitches depending on skills and experience. Held 10/15-16 (Monday and Tuesday of Fall Break). Contact Derek Doucet ( directly if interested in participating. Registration deadline is Friday, 10/5.
MOP White Water Kayak Intensive--A great way to get involved in MMC's boating program!
This series of pool and paddling sessions will cover all the basic skills and knowledge needed to get you started paddling on whitewater rivers. While the clinics are geared toward the beginner paddler, experienced paddlers will have the opportunity to refine technique, pursue personal goals and gain experience assisting with group leadership and instruction. The program will culminate with actual on-river paddling days in October.  If you are interested in becoming a kayaking guide or participating in MMC kayak trips: This is a great opportunity to gain experience given that only MMC trips can use MMC kayaks! For the breakdown of dates, see MOP White Water Kayak Intensive on go/boxoffice.
Course Fee: $200 for the entire series of clinics and on water sessions. (Become a kayak guide for MMC, lead 3 trips, and we'll reimburse you!)
Rockclimb near Lake Dunmore with Zach (10/5):
Have you been to the Middlebury Climbing wall a few times? Are you curious what it's like to climb on REAL rock? Join MMC on the first beginner rock climbing trip of the fall! We'll leave on Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM (sharp) and head out for an afternoon of easy climbing at cliffs overlooking Lake Dunmore. With good timing, we can get to the top just in time to watch the sun set over Lake Dunmore and still be back by dinner. Email Zach at to sign up!

Rockclimb atop Noonmark Mountain with Zach on 10/7                                                         Head out for a day of rock climbing atop Noonmark Mountain. It's a true Adirondacks adventure, combining a nice day hike, beautiful rock climbing, and great views from the summit. A 2-hr hike in leads to the base of Noonmark's Summit Crag, an exposed cliff situated right at the top of the mountain. We'll spend most of the day climbing Summit Crag's long vertical crack systems and then hike back out. There are gorgeous views of the fall foliage and the beautiful Adirondacks, so bring a camera! It'll be a long day filled with hiking and backcountry climbing, so participants should be in good fitness and be ready for adventure! Email Zach at to sign up!

Whew--that was a lot! 

Happy Trails!