Tuesday, November 8

Vote! Then get outside!

After a hike to the polls, take a breather with a walk outside.
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!  
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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Ian Burgin Lodge Dedication
Saturday, November 12th
This new lodge was inspired by the former Worth Mountain Lodge and the memory of Ian Burgin ('08). During Ian's time at Middlebury, he worked hard to preserve and repair the Worth Mountian Lodge which stood on top of the Snow Bowl and was a shelter that many students found refuge in the mountains.

All are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony of the Ian Burgin Lodge on Saturday, November 12th. Guests are encouraged to gather at Rikert Nordic Center by 1:30 pm to walk as a group to the site.

Moving forward, this lodge will be open to Middlebury students to stay and enjoy peaceful nights in the Breadloaf Wilderness. Stay tuned for more info on how to stay at the lodge!

Read more information about the lodge here.

Adventure Grants!

Thanksgiving Break Deadline: November 12th

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.

Post-Election Pantsuit Sunrisewith Liesel, Krista and Rachel
Wednesday, November 9th
Can't believe the election is actually going to end? Want to greet the new era on top of a mountain? Join us for a sunrise hike to the Snow Bowl on Wednesday! We'll leave ADK at 5:15am and be back to campus by 8:15am. This is a beginner-friendly hike with fresh air, good company and warm drinks on the summit. Pantsuits are encouraged but not required. Sign up here.

Wild River Roaming Dance Party with Krista and Caroline
Friday, November 11th-Saturday, November  12th 
This is a high-mileage wintry White Mountain dance party on snowshoes. We'll be discoing into the Wild River Wilderness by the light of glowsticks on Friday evening, and dancing out 14 miles and five 4000'+ peaks later, returning to campus by 11pm on Saturday night. At least one previous high-mileage hike a must. Nearing euphoric levels of stoke are encouraged (and let's face it, you won't be able to help yourself once you get into the groove). 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.