Tuesday, January 17

MMC Elections this week!

Only 3 More Weeks of J-Term Left!!!
Weekly Board Meeting
Wednesdays at 6:00PM. Coltrane Lounge. 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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We are back in Coltrane Lounge for the board meeting this week at 6:00pm. See you there!
Mountain Club Board Elections
Wednesday, January 18th (THIS WEEK!)

Elections to fill all club positions will be held this week. 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 mmc@middlebury.edu with intentions to run so we can budget the right amount of time on election day for short statements for candidates. 

J-term Getaway with Laura and George
Friday, January 20th
Join us on the first Mountain Club trip to the newly built Burgin Lodge! It looks like snow in the mountains this week-- let's go play in the snow and spend a night in a beautiful heated cabin in the woods. We'll leave campus Friday afternoon and head up to Breadloaf for an easy hike to the lodge. We'll be out of the mountains and back on campus Saturday by lunchtime. All outdoor experience levels are welcome! Sign up here.

Nature Painting with Michelle
Saturday, January 20th, 10:30pm

Come join the Middlebury Mountain Club for a morning 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 at 10:30am. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty. Sign up here.

Great Camp Santanoni Ski Trip with Jake and Daria
Saturday, January 20th-Sunday, January 21st

With all the activity down in Washington, D.C. this weekend, we will be taking to the Adirondacks for a beginner-friendly XC ski trip. We'll check out one of the largest remaining Great Camps before skiing across nearby Newcomb Lake. Depart late Saturday morning for an early evening return on Sunday. 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. 
Burgin Lodge
When we woke up the sky was just beginning to lighten above the Snow Bowl. The woods were quiet except for a few small streams carrying the recent snowmelt, and we saw no one on the walk down except for a few Rikert employees. When we got back to campus, I was exhausted but my clothes smelled like wood smoke and fresh pine and I already couldn’t wait for the next time I go to the Burgin Lodge.
The Burgin Lodge opened just a few weeks ago on one of the trails at Rikert Nordic Center. Built in honor of Ian Burgin (’08), this backcountry cabin is close to Middlebury and accessible without a car. Don’t be deceived by the word backcountry, though, because staying at the Burgin Lodge is really more like glamping. The cabin is beautifully constructed, insulated, and has a woodstove with plenty of wood. Though there is no electricity or running water, compared to most backcountry standards this is luxurious.
We stayed at the cabin last night in possibly the grossest weather yet this winter. We arrived just as it was getting dark and immediately started a fire with the convenient stack of kindling next to the stove. In no time chili was simmering on the stove and the cabin was warm and cozy.
If staying here is this fun in 50-degree, rainy weather with class the next day, I can only imagine what it’s like when there is plenty of snow—and time—to explore the area around the lodge. With such a good basecamp there are endless adventures here in all seasons.
If you go the Burgin Lodge, reserve the cabin on Ideal Logic. If you don’t have a car you can get to Rikert on the ACTR bus. Make sure to bring enough water, as there is no nearby source at the cabin, and leave yourself at least one hour of daylight to get to the cabin from the Rikert parking lot, especially if you are unfamiliar with the trails (the snowshoe trails at Rikert don’t always line up with the map, so your best bet is to follow the ski trails up to the cabin).

Winter hiking note: Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes. Snowshoes, cross country skis, and warm jackets can all be rented from the Gear Room for free.
Happy hiking!

Check it out!
Thursday, January 19th, 1:00-2:30pm 

Room 103 The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Hear a presentation about the College’s recent carbon neutrality achievement and discussion/questions about how we got there - and share ideas about how to go forward.

Jack Byrne, Midd’s Director of the Office of Sustainability Integration, will do a presentation of the details of this initiative followed by questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Environmental Council, and the Office of Sustainability Integration.
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.
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