Monday, November 28

The Final Push

21 days until 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, hiking boots, 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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Apply to Lead a FOO! Trip
DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 30th
Apply to lead an Wilderness Explorations or Community Engagement orientation trip for new Febs! Here are a few reasons to lead a Wilderness Explorations FOO Trip:
  1.  Fun trainings one night a week during J-Term where you learn to improve winter hiking skills!
  2.  Meet new Febs and spend a snowy weekend in the woods getting to know each other.
  3.  FOO trips go out the weekend after the first week of classes during the spring semester so you won't miss Feb break!
  4.  This is an easy and fast way to become an MMC guide!


Relaxing Trail-less Woods Walk to Beautiful Gilmore Pond 
with Morgan and Parker

Saturday, December 3rd

Whose woods these are I think I know! They can be yours. Slow the pace of your week with a sweet, relaxing Saturday afternoon stroll in the Bristol Cliffs Wilderness. We'll take a walk through classic Vermont woods to the beautiful Gilmore Pond and marsh. There will also be the remnants of sheep pastures and old early European settlements for us to observe and reminisce about this recovering Vermont wilderness. Stone walls, rusty pitchforks, and kitchen tools are among the few artifacts we may stumble upon in these woods. With no trails and only our compass and map to guide us, experience the feeling of Vermont solitude at its wildest! We may even see a moose or bear. We'll leave at 12:30pm from ADK circle on Saturday and be back to campus by 5:00pm. Lots of dark chocolate will be provided! Sign up here.

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Painting Workshop with Michelle
Saturday, December 3rd

Come join the Middlebury Mountain Club for a afternoon that combines nature and art! A one to two hour session will be instructed on campus where we will be painting nature themed imagery on an 11” x 14” canvas. Acrylic paint, canvas, brushes, and instruction will be provided. No artistic experience is necessary and each step to painting the image will be guided. Participants will be able to keep their artwork. You can gift it, hang it up, or continue to paint on your own!

Meet in the Brooker House basement. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty.
Sign up here.



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. 
 
Mt. Abe
The leaves are almost all gone and there is snow in the mountains! Pack some warm clothes and get up there to remind yourself how much fun winter is.
            Mt. Abe is the closest “big mountain” to campus, and the fifth highest peak in Vermont. Although I’ve hiked it many times before, the beautiful trail and rewarding views at the top never get old.
            There are two ways to get to the summit of Abe: either up the Long Trail from the top of Lincoln Gap, or up Battell Trail, which joins the Long Trail just before the Battell Shelter. The Battell Trail is a slightly longer approach, but is in my opinion a more well-built (and less crowded) trail. It is also more accessible in the winter when the Lincoln Gap is closed. This time of year fallen leaves sometimes make the trail hard to see, but it’s easy to follow the blue blazes until you come to the junction with the Long Trail.
            This time of year it is still late fall at the trailhead, but as you get higher the snow appears, and by the summit there are a few inches. Early on a Sunday morning there is almost nobody on the trails, and the woods are completely silent except for a hiss of sleet falling. Though there are still at least a few weeks before Middlebury looks like this, it’s exciting to get a first taste of winter. Happy Hiking!
             
Battell Trail parking to summit: 3 miles
Difficulty level: difficult
For directions to the Battell Trailhead and more information, visit go/fortnightlyfeature

*Winter hiking note: As of this weekend microspikes were not necessary to climb Abe, but depending on the weather conditions could change quickly. If you plan to hike in the Greens, you can rent a pair of microspikes from the Gear Room for free. And remember to bring plenty of warm layers—it’s much colder in the mountains than in Middlebury.
 
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.