Monday, December 12

Happy Holidays!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....
Weekly Board Meeting
NO MEETING THIS WEEK
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
WE ARE OPEN DURING FINALS WEEK!
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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Tuesday (TOMORROW!) Stressbuster Sunset Hike with Krista and Liesel
Tuesday, December 13th at 2:45pm
Need a short break from studying? Want to get outside and enjoy the crisp Vermont air without being away for too long? Join us for a stress-busting, smile-inducing, productivity-increasing, joy-filled Snake Mountain sunset on Tuesday! We'll leave ADK at 2:45pm and hike up Snake Mountain to catch the sunset, then return to campus by 6:00pm. We'll have holiday cookies and hot chocolate at the summit! This is a beginner-friendly hike with about 2 hours of hiking. Sign up here.


Winter Guide Seminar
J-Term

Want to become an MMC Guide and lead awesome trips? Sign up for the Winter Guide Seminar, happening this J Term. (You must have already have WFA, WFR or WEMT certification, or be enrolled in the Middlebury Feb Break WFR.) We'll do 4 classroom sessions on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm, and be in the field either the weekend of 1/21-1/22 or 1/28-1/29 and potentially one other day, TBD. You must be able to attend all training to become a guide. Expect serious fun and serious learning.  Have questions? Already a guide and looking to become a winter guide too? Email MMC Head Guide Parker Peltzer. Sign up here.

Calendar Photos

We've just flipped to the last page of the calendar. You know what that means? It's time to make the annual Tastefully Nude Mountain Club Calendar!

Tasteful photos in the outdoors can be submitted to mmc@middlebury.edu. Please only submit photos of people who have consented to you submitting to the calendar. Only Middlebury College students 18 or older may appear in photos.


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. 
Bread Loaf Mountain
Take a break from studying this week and go find some snow with a hike up Bread Loaf Mountain!
Bread Loaf is that long, skinny ridge sticking out from the Greens that you can see from Rikert Nordic Center. Though the hike up is woodsy, the ridge itself has a few openings that give unique views of the Greens to the north and south. Walking along the top of the ridge, flat ground gets narrower and narrower, the wind cuts through the trees and it feels as though you are approaching the end of the world. The final viewpoint provides unexpectedly dramatic views of the Bread Loaf campus, the Middlebury gap and even the town of Middlebury.
Despite its beauty, Bread Loaf is not a popular day hiking mountain, and you are more likely to see a moose than a person on the way up. There are a couple ways to reach the mountain, both medium to long hikes. Skylight pond trail, the shorter and steeper approach, begins on Road 59 and goes to Skyline lodge, a four-walled cabin by Skylight pond on the Long Trail (for more information on this trail, see our previous fortnightly feature at go/fortnightly feature). To get to Bread Loaf from here, follow the Long Trail north from the junction for 1.2 miles until you come to a sharp turn with a sign for the side trail to the viewpoint on Bread Loaf, 0.1 miles.
            Another approach to the mountain is from the north, on the Emily Proctor trail. This trail is even less used than Skylight Pond, and for most of the way traverses up a gradual incline past old logging areas and gorgeous streams. Make sure to pay attention to the blue blazes, as the rough trail condition and old roads it crosses can be misleading. The trail joins the Long Trail at the Emily Proctor lean-to. To get to Bread Loaf from here, follow the Long Trail south for 0.6 miles to the same junction with the Bread Loaf Mountain side trail. Long trail maps can be rented from the gear room.

Enjoy the snow, the views, and the quiet. Happy Hiking!

Difficulty level: hard
Length:
Skylight Pond trail: 3.8 miles one way
 Emily Proctor trail: 4.2 miles one way

Directions to parking are here for Skylight Pond and here for Emily Proctor. Note that part of FR 59 is closed in the winter.

Winter hiking note: Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes and bright colors for hunting season. Microspikes are also probably not a bad idea this time of year. All of this can be rented from the Gear Room for free.
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.