Monday, October 3

Unbe-LEAF-able Trips!

Sorry for such acorn-y subject line!!

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 the Adventure Grants tab! 
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Fall Break Adventure Grants!
Application Deadline: Friday, October 6th

Want to take a great outdoor trip with your friends but can't quite afford it? Apply for an Adventure Grant!

The Adventure Grant program seeks to make possible creative outdoor trips that would otherwise be financially infeasible.  Groups of 2-10 Middlebury students are eligible.  An adventure grant can help pay for your gas, food, and camping fees. The deadline for Fall Break Adventure Grants will be this Friday. Visit the Adventure Grants page of the MMC website for application materials.

Wednesday Sunrise with Caroline & Krista
Wednesday, October 5th
Start your day off right on Wednesday with a lovely sunrise hike up the Snow Bowl! We'll leave from ADK at 5:40am 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.

Burgin Lodge Workday: Be a Part of Building MMC's New Cabin with Caroline, Larson, & Parker
Wednesday, October 5th
MMC is getting a cabin and you can help build it! Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many students and alumni the Burgin Lodge is being constructed right now on the Rikert Nordic Center trail network and it needs a floor. This Wednesday students have the unique opportunity to make a hands-on contribution by sanding and finishing the flooring for the Lodge. We will head up to Breadloaf from ADK circle at 3, do some sanding and finishing, and hopefully finish with a visit to the construction site. We should be back on campus for dinner around 6:30. All tools will be provided and no prior experience is necessary. Sign up here.

Green Mountain Prezi traverse with Morgan and Parker
Friday, October 7th-Saturday, October 8th

Get out in the Vermont wilderness with a sweet overnight trip in the Green Mountain Presidentials. We'll leave Friday afternoon at 3pm, drive up Midd Gap and down a beautiful dirt road, starting at the Emily Proctor Trail. We'll then spend the night on the Long Trail at the Emily Proctor Shelter and wake up early Saturday and hike Vermont's little Presidentials — Wilson, Cleveland, Roosevelt, and Grant. Grant has some sweet commanding views into the heart of the Bread Loaf Wilderness. We'll return to the trailhead on the Cooley Glen Trail, completing the Prezi loop. We'll be back Saturday afternoon by 5pm. Hiking experience recommended.. Sign up here
Adirondack Foliage Frolic with Krista and Andrew
Friday, October 7th-Saturday, October 8th
Looking for some spice in your life? Craving some fresh air and beautiful views? Join us for an Adirondack adventure this weekend! We'll leave campus Friday at 1:00pm, hike 6 miles to a picturesque overnight location on Lake Colden, and eat a yummy meal. On Saturday we'll summit Iroquois, Algonquin and Wright Peak for some spectacular fall views and then be back on campus by 5:00pm. This is a moderately hard trip; previous backpacking experience is recommended but not required.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 at 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. 
Peaks & Pies & Peeping for Leaves! A hike up Noonmark Mountain
This week we ventured across the bridge to New York and into the Adirondacks for a moderate day hike up Noonmark Mountain, in the heart of the High Peaks. From the trailhead on Ausable Road, it is a 2.4 mile one-way hike to the summit over mostly moderate terrain. The trail gets steep near the top, but there are several rock outcroppings along the way where you can catch views of Giant Mountain to the north and the Great Range to the west. Once you're at the summit, bask in the glory of Keene Valley, the 360-degree view of the High Peaks Region, and the New England fall foliage we all love! The vibrant fall colors are a definite perk of hiking Noonmark now, as the trees change earlier in the Adirondacks than they do here in Middlebury.
After you've had your fill of incredible views, reward yourself for a good hike by stopping by Noon Mark Diner in the nearby town of Keene Valley for a slice of their legendary pie. If you're still feeling adventurous, go for a swim in Chapel Pond on your way home. By the time you get back to campus, we hope you'll be ready and waiting for your next Adirondack adventure. Happy Hiking!

For more information, directions to the trailhead and the Noon Mark Diner, or to see previous Features, visit go/fortnightlyfeature.

Noonmark Mountain
Round trip hiking: 4.8 mi
Round trip driving time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

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.