Thursday, September 29

Calling All Leaf Peepers!

It's week three, go on a hike with me!

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.
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!  
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Wednesday Sunrise with Caroline & Krista
Wednesday, September 28th
Start your day off right on Wednesday with a lovely sunrise hike up the Snow Bowl! We'll leave from 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.

Stunning Summit and Snacks Beautiful day hike up Camel's Hump!! W/ Caroline and Rachel
Friday, September 30th
Stuck in the middle of the week slump? Still stuck on hump day? Get over that hump - Camel's Hump, that is - and come on a beautiful sunset hike with Caroline and Rachel! We'll be leaving around 11:30 on Friday and returning in time for dinner at Proc. Pack a lunch before we leave, and we'll reward ourselves with delicious snacks while we hike. Sign up here.

Hike in the Daks with Joe and Cass
Friday, September 30th-Saturday, October 1st

Enjoy the last bit of September warmth this weekend in the Adirondacks! On Friday we'll be hiking 2 miles into Marcy Dam for a cozy evening in a lean-to. Saturday we'll hike along Avalanche Lake and then summit Mount Colden (a view you'll want to beholden). We expect to hike 10 to 12 miles on Saturday so some hiking experience may be helpful but is not necessary. We'll be leaving at 3pm on Friday from ADK and expect to be back on campus around 7pm on Saturday. We will meet on Thursday at 4:30 in the Gear Room to talk about the trip and check out any gear you might need. If you can't come at 4:30, we can set up a time with you beforehand so let us know. Sign up here.
Kingdom Foliage Hike with Haley and George
Saturday, September 1st-Sunday, September 2nd
Excited to get out and enjoy the beginning of a gorgeous fall in Vermont? Looking to escape campus for a night out under the stars? Join us this weekend on an adventure in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We'll start off in Jay Pass to rise up to 360 degree views from the top of Jay Peak. After a night of easy car camping and campfire cuisine, we'll head to gorgeous Mount Pisgah overlooking Lake Willoughby for more great views. Sign up here.

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Morning Paddle Down Middlebury River and Otter Creek with Matea 
Sunday, October 2nd
Join us Sunday morning (9-12 am) paddling down Middlebury River to Otter Creek. Take out near Mister Ups- before the waterfall! This trip is open to paddlers of any experience. We welcome anyone who hasn't canoed before. We will begin off of Three Bridge Road and wind our way back to the college. See you Sunday! Sign up here.
Fireside This Friday!
Friday, September 30th @ 7:00PM
Come enjoy the first MMC Fireside of the year. It will be hosted at Brooker House, the outdoor interest house on campus. There will be good food, a warm fire, and great people. All are welcome, so bring a bowl, utensils, and a friend. See you there!
What is the ONCC you may ask? WELL, the ON Campus Challenge is a 6-week nation-wide competition between 80+ colleges with the goal of getting as many community members – students, faculty, staff, community residents – outdoors as possible, whether it's through biking, hiking, walking, stargazing, outdoor yoga, kayaking, you name it, from September 4th- October 15th. As a participating school, we receive a $500 grant to get activities and events rolling, and even better, awesome weekly goodies to give away from sponsors like Chaco, REI, The North Face, Osprey, and more! The more people we have signed up and active, the more funding Middlebury College can get. 
THE CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! It takes less than a minute to sign up before you can start logging in activities through your account. The list of the activities appears on the site, and some will give you more points than others. SIGN UP HERE: 
This year, a mobile app will be available to download for all smartphone devices! Just search for the Outdoor Nation app. 
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. 
Snake Mountain
Snake Mountain is the classic Midd hike—it's close, relatively easy, and has great views of the Champlain valley. Unfortunately, there have been middkids who go up to see some foliage and end up on the other side of the mountain because they turn onto the wrong trail. But if you're paying attention, it's not that hard to stay on the right trail. Click here for driving and trail directions so you don't get lost on Snake Mountain

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 with any questions.