Check out Scott Barnicle's "Dean's List" of local outdoor adventures!


Snake Mountain (20 min drive, 45 min hike to summit). The hike starts off relatively flat, and gently gains elevation until reaching the lookout spot, which offers a stunning panorama of the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks. (If you're curious why there is concrete on top a mountain, click here.) From Middlebury, go west on 125, north on Mountain Rd, go 500 yards past Wilmarth Rd. (on your left) and the parking is on the west (left) side of the road. From the parking lot, walk 600 ft south back the way you came to the trailhead on the east side of the road.

Rattlesnake Cliffs (20 min drive, from trailhead 20 min to Falls of Lana, 45 min to the cliff lookout, 1.5 hr hike to summit of Moosalamoo). The first bit is fairly steep, take a dip in the falls, then head up to Rattlesnake Cliffs for a view looking west over Lake Dunmore. The view from the top of Mt. Moosalamoo is somewhat overgrown, but it is a pretty hike, with lots of options doing a longer loop hike. Directions.

Swimming hole below Falls of Lana

Trail Around Middlebury (0 min drive, ~1 hr to Otter Creek Gorge). The TAM is an easy escape from campus. Take a quick stroll up Chipman Hill, a evening constitutional behind the golf course, or a 16 mile sprint around its entire circumference. Check out Prof. Byer's blog for info about running the TAM, and anything you want to know about trail running in the area.

Camel's Hump (1 hr drive, 4 hr hike to do Forest City-Long Trail-Burrows loop). Click here for driving directions. From the trailhead, you can go directly to the summit via the Burrows Trail or take the scenic route up Forest City Trail (this trailhead is below the main parking area, you'll see it driving up on the right.) Forest City trail goes gently up an old streambed to Montclair Glen lodge, maintained by GMC free of charge, sleeps 10 in the bunks. On a busy fall weekend drop your gear here early. Click here for a topo map.

Bread Loaf Wilderness has some great hiking trails (including Robert Frost Trail). In winter, this spot is also a ski hub when cross-country enthusiasts can bring their own equipment or rent it at Rikert Ski Touring Center and enjoy the outdoors.

Spirit in Nature paths (for more see

Swimming Holes


Snowshoeing and Skiing

If you are heading out for a quick ski or snow shoe day check out the Catamount Trail Map which displays a 300-mile, winter-use route open to the public for skiing as well as snowshoeing. Don't forget to check out the Rikert Ski Touring Center (phone #: 802-443-2744) for info around Bread Loaf Ski Area.
For more detailed alpine and backcountry ski related site source visit

Contact Nathan Kowalski ( for information on boating. 

Vermont has some wonderful places for pedaling a bicycle. If you're looking to race, check out the cycling team at If you'd just like to go explore the amazing state of Vermont via pedal power, you're in good company! Consider going down to Lake Dunnmore and combining a swim in the Falls of Lana with a bike ride, or check out the map above for a couple of other ideas. 


We really need more certified climbing guides in the MMC so be sure to check out the "guides" link and the Climbing Guide Handbook.  If you're looking for a climbing partner, the "Let's go Exploring" Forum is where you want to be.

If you have some experience...we are trying to create a climbing network. This will make it easier for all of us to find climbing partners- escpecially freshmen who are new to campus. Please feel free to contact any of the people below if you think they would make a good climbing partner for you. If you would like your name to appear on the list below, please email MMC with your name, year, email, climbing skill level, and gear situation (ex: do you have a rope?).

Zach Perzan '14-

Midd Kids tend to go climbing at Bolton and in the Adirondacks. They are both about an hour or two away. There is no official guide book for Bolton, but if you email, I will give you the my notes, maps etc. Crag Vermont also has some good information. The best guide book for the Adirondacks, in my humble opinion, is "Adirondack Rock" by Jim Lawyer and Jeremy Haas. If you want to be a cool midd kid, that is the one to get. Plus, our very own Derek Doucet (head of MOP) is pictured in it!

If you are brand spankin' new to climbing, great! The best way to get started is by taking an MOP class (email, taking a climbing PE class at the climbing wall, or go on an MMC climbing trip (check the calendar). Then, contact the people above and tell them you want to get out on the rock with them!

For more information on climbing, check out:
Tons of Awesome Climbing Links or
The Rating System Demystified