Monday, October 10

Enjoy Fall Break!

We hope you have an in-tents fall break!
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.
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!  
ADVENTURE GRANTS
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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Wednesday Sunrise with Caroline & Krista
Wednesday, October 12th
Need a break? Need some spice in your life? Start your day off right on Wednesday with a lovely sunrise hike up the Snow Bowl! We’ll leave from ADK at 5:45am 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.

Still Looking For Something Fun to Do Over Fall Break? Check out the Middlebury Outdoor Program's listings!

Women's Climbing Day with Andrea Charest
Sunday, October 16th

Join AMGA guide Andrea Charest for a day of rockclimbing at the Falls of Lana, our local cliff near Lake Dunmore. This trip welcomes all those identifying as female, who wish to create a fun and supportive climbing environment. The trip will be appropriate for those new to climbing, as well as those with experience who wish to tap the knowledge of New England's leading female guide. Harnesses, shoes, and helmets will be provided by the FIC on Friday. Come enjoy autumn rockclimbing at its finest!! And for a full Fall Break of climbing, consider combining this trip with our Mon/Tue trip being offered at Deer Leap Cliff. Cost: $40.00. Sign up here.

Fall Foliage and Vermont Cliffs- Rock ClimbingWith AMGA Killington Mountain Guides
Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th
Join Bob Giolito, of Killington Mountain Guides, for two days of rockclimbing at Deer Leap!. This trip will have a full range of climbing options and is a great trip for beginners with a desire to try climbing outside, as well as experienced climbers who want to learn advanced skills from an AMGA guide. The two-day format will allow your skills to develop from one day to the next. This is a great chance to enjoy Fall Break with a little structured recreation, and still have the weekend free to do other activities.

*** Female climbers - this trip could easily be combined with the 10/16 Women's Climb with Andrea for three days of adventure.

We will be camping out overnight and climbing both days. No experience is necessary. All equipment, and transportation is provided. Expect full days outside. We will meet at the FIC gear room at 7:30am on October 17th. Cost : $60.00. Sign up here.
LECTURE:
Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces and Other Stories of Possibilitywith Carolyn Finney


Thursday, October 13th 7:00pm MBH 216

In her recently published book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Re-imagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (UNC Press), Carolyn explores the complexities and contradictions of the African American environmental relationship. Drawing on "green" conversations with black people from around the country, Carolyn considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond. Using imagination and a little true grit, these individuals challenge us to see differently and do differently in our changing world.
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.