Tuesday, November 15

Turkey Trot

Gobble up some great views! And make some holiday gifts at our painting workshop!
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, hiking boots, snowshoes, stoves, tents, puffy jackets, and more!  
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Friendly Reminder: Hunting Season

It is currently hunting season in Vermont! Please be careful when doing outdoor activities in forested areas. Be aware of your surroundings, wear bright colors or make noises. Orange vests can be checked out from the gear room.


Thursday Sunrise with Caroline and Krista
Thursday, November 17thJoin us for a sunrise hike at the Snow Bowl this Thursday! We'll leave 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.

On-Campus Outdoor Painting Workshop with Michelle
(2 sessions!)

Friday, November 18th (2:30pm)
Saturday, November 19th (10:00am)

Come join the Middlebury Mountain Club for a afternoon that combines nature and art! A one to two hour session will be instructed outside 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 outside of Pearson's Hall on the side facing Battell. Bring water and clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

FRIDAY: sign up here!
SATURDAY: sign up here!

Green Mountain Express with Campbell and Joe
Friday, November 18th-Saturday, November 19th
Join us this Friday and Saturday as we cover two of Vermont's highest (and most beautiful) peaks! We'll leave Friday at 3pm and should be back with plenty of time for dinner on Saturday. Friday afternoon we'll hike to Battell Lodge; Saturday will be a ten-mile day hike cruising over Mount Abe and Mount Ellen on the historic Long Trail. There will be a pre-trip meeting Thursday at 4:30 in the gear room (if you can't go just let us know!). Sign up here.

Big Slide Ex-PIE-dition with Laura and George
Saturday, November 19th

On Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 29th we'll be venturing forth into the High Peaks Wilderness in the great state of New York (home of the world's smallest church). The objective is Big Slide Mountain. We'll summit Saturday and stay overnight at Howard Shelter, then make a pie stop on the way home on Sunday. We'll encounter incredible views, yummy food, and great new friends! Hiking experience recommended. Sign up here.

P.S. New Yorkers bite 10X more people than sharks do every year, but don't worry we'll stay safe.
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Rattlesnake Cliffs with Campbell and Cass
Monday, November 21st

Come on a Moday afternoon hike to Rattlesnake cliffs. The hike is short, about 3 miles, and we will have a great view of Lake Dunmore at the top. Although the days are getting shorter we hope to catch the sunset! Please plan on bringing a headlamp for the walk down (can be borrow from the gear room). No previous hiking experience is needed. We'll leave campus at 2:40 and will be back just in time for dinner. 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.