Monday, January 9

J-term, Play-term

Let's get outside together and try new things!
Weekly Board Meeting
Wednesdays at 6:00PM. This week's meeting will be held in the Brooker House basement. 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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This week's board meeting will be held in the Brooker House basement at 6:00pm. Stay tuned for a location change next week!  See you then.
Mountain Club Board Elections
Wednesday, January 18th

During the MMC meeting the second week of J-term, elections to fill all club positions will be held. These positions will start in the spring semester and run a full year until the end of next J-term, although positions can be vacated if someone is going abroad and a special election will be held to fill their position.

This is a great opportunity to have an active leadership position on campus, and positions range from small to large. Any member of the campus community is allowed to run for a position, but previous participation with the Mountain Club and board meetings in recommended. Descriptions of board positions can be viewed here.

UPDATE: The position of Head Guide in Training will also be up for election. This person will train with current head guide, Parker Peltzer, and assist with guide seminars this spring before taking over as Head Guide next school year.

Please notify with intentions to run so we can budget the right amount of time on election day for short statements for candidates. 

Thursday Sunrise with Sophie and Parker
Thursday, January 12th at 6:00am
Start the season by seeing the sunrise with Sophie and Parker at the Snow Bowl! We'll leave campus early and hike the Long Trail from Middlebury Gap to the summit. Bring warm layers and we'll bring cocoa. Sign up here.

Winter Guide Seminar

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.

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
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 with any questions.