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
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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.