Tuesday, October 18

A Cure for the Common Cold!

We're looking aahhhhh-choo! (Bless you!)
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!  
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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Pumpkin Tumble!
This Friday, October 21st @ Brooker House 3:00-5:00pm
Come and celebrate fall with the Mountain Club with music, games, painting, silly competition, and good food! Cider donuts, corn on the cobb, pies, and more! Can't wait to see you there! All are welcome!

Wednesday Sunset with Caroline & Krista
Wednesday, October 19th
Wish it could be Fall Break again? Looking for some sweet sunset vibes? Join us for a sunset hike to Snake Mountain on Wednesday! We'll leave from ADK at 4:30pm to admire the sunset and be back on campus before 8pm for dinner. This is a beginner-friendly hike with fresh air, good company and treats on the summit. Sign up here.

Nun-da-ga-o Ridge overnight with Caroline and Dorothy 
Saturday October 22-Sunday, October 23rd
What better place to enjoy the last of the fall colors than on the Nun-da-ga-o ridge in the Daks? On Saturday morning we will leave campus at 8 a.m. and drive to the Adirondacks, where we will hike up Hurricane Mountain. After lunch and some awesome views on top, we will hike the last few miles to the lean-to at Lost Pond for a delicious dinner and a good night's sleep. On Sunday we'll get an early start and catch some views along the Nun-da-ga-o ridge, then go back over Hurricane to our van (about 10 miles total). We will get back to campus by dinnertime. Sign up here.
Overland Informational Presentation
Wednesday, October 19th, 6:00pm in BiHall 219
This summer join the dynamic, accomplished and charismatic group of Overland leaders who help kids see the world and all of its beauty and promise.  Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Our staff of nearly 200 leaders and support staff spend ten days training and six weeks leading or supporting programs throughout the summer. Small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do for the past 32 years. Come learn about the hiking, biking, service, writing, language or field studies programs with Overland. Leaders describe Overland as the most challenging and satisfying leadership and work experience they have ever had.

Please contact Jess Parker atjess@overlandsummers.com if you would like to learn more or plan to attend our presentation.
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. 
Fortnightly Feature Fall Break Special: No-car-needed trails
One downside to living in rural Vermont is that to go anywhere exciting, you usually need a car. However, there are a few trails you can get to from Middlebury College by walking or public transportation, so for those of you who are staying on campus over fall break we’ve put together a list of our favorites.
The closest trail to Middlebury, is, of course, the Trail Around Middlebury. Many of you have probably walked out to the organic garden on it at some point, but the TAM extends for 16 miles around the entire town. This makes for great running or walking. One of our favorite spots on the TAM is the Gorge section in Weybridge, which runs in a loop along the Otter Creek and up through a cow pasture. The trail is well-maintained and mostly easy grade. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try Chipman Hill, a moderately steep but short climb with views looking back towards campus at the top. There are several trails you can take that come out at a few different entry points, so go explore! An interactive map can be found at go/tamtrail. If you want a little more wilderness try taking the ACTR bus to the top of the Middlebury gap. From here you can follow the Long Trail north or south for as long as you want. For a short, moderately steep hike with good views, go to the top of the Snow Bowl on the Long Trail South. Make sure you check out Lake Pleiad on your way (there is a sign marking the short side trail). If you want a longer hike, you can stay on the LT past the top of the Snow Bowl, where it follows a narrow ridge through beautiful high-elevation forest with some partial views on both sides.
You can also head north from the gap, to Silent Cliff (0.8 mi one way) or Breadloaf Mountain (5.1 miles one way), both of which have views. If you want to do a loop, try splitting off the LT on the Burnt Hill Trail,which connects to the Norske trail at the bottom. In the winter this is a ski trail (maintained by the MMC!), but this time of year it’s not too wet to hike and you can follow it back up to Rt. 125, where it comes out across from the Snow Bowl driveway. In total this loop is 6.7 miles, moderate difficulty.
The best part about the Long Trail and the TAM is that you can make your hike as long and hard as you want. There are a lot of cool spots on these trails, so we recommend you take advantage of fall weather and fall break to go exploring!
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.