May, 2012 Downloadable Hikes
You asked for it and the GMC listened!
When the club surveyed members and the general public, hikers said they wanted descriptions and maps of individual hikes that can be downloaded and printed out. So we’re making available a collection of a dozen favorite hikes, which you can buy and download for 99 cents each, and purchases can be made via credit and debit cards as well as PayPal. Files are in PDF format and can be downloaded to your computer, iPad, or smartphone.
Long Trail Bound
A Resource for Outdoor Educators and Children
The Green Mountain Club is excited to announce Long Trail Bound, a website, resource center, community forum, and activity guide for educators. Vermont’s Green Mountains are a fantastic outdoor classroom where children can learn and explore.
Creating connections to the mountains and the Long Trail will inspire youth to become life-long outdoorspeople and environmental stewards. The club's new Long Trail Bound website will provide resources and support for educators interested in teaching outdoor skills, backcountry appreciation, and environmental stewardship.Read more »
The Winooski River Footbridge
Working to Make an Improved Long Trail through the Winooski River Valley For the last century, the Green Mountain Club has sought the best route for the Long Trail through the beautiful Winooski River Valley. We are now very close to this dream becoming a reality! We have secured most of the land and easements necessary for the trail to cross the Winooski River in Bolton, Vermont.
Watch this informative video to learn more about the project, and how to get involved:
In order to secure the final easements and to build the footbridge, the club is looking to raise the funds needed for this landmark project. You can help us reach this goal bymaking a contribution today.
Special Gift Opportunity: Be an essential part of the Winooski Footbridge by supporting at the Plank ($250) or Cable ($1,000) level. Or consider purchasing several planks or cables! Donors at these levels will be permanently displayed at the Visitor Center.Please click here to make a donation.
Snowshoe Festival February 4, 2012 GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center
The Annual Snowshoe Festival at the Green Mountain Club is a great way to get out and shake off some cabin fever. We'll have a nice variety of hikes to choose from and free snowshoe demos available. For those who want to stay on campus, we'll offer nature walks along the Short Trail, workshops such as Dog Sledding and North Branch Nature Center's Animal Tracking, plus demonstrations like the ever-popular Bird on Glove by V.I.N.S.
Later, we'll celebrate upstairs with traditional Irish music by Dave Day and his friends, refreshments, and give away great prizes from generous local businesses!
Funds raised during this day of winter fun support the club'sEducation Programs. A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors and those who donated for making this event happen.
*Rain or shine, snow or no snow! We'll be hiking no matter the snowpack, so be prepared!
February 2012: Interpreting the Trail at Frog Hollow Local Artists Showcase Long Trail Inspiration From photographs to pastels, bottle cap clocks to backgammon boards, the Long Trail has inspired a myriad of Vermont artists to respond in a variety of unique results. During the month of February, stop by Frog Hollow to see Vermont Artists' Interpretations of the Long Trail: a Group Exhibit Celebrating the Vermont Trail System Through Images, Artists Reflections and Original Works of Art! Click here for more info.
January, 2012: Campsite Work at Sterling Pond Completed
With Thanks to Green Mountain Valley School Volunteers
The club completed campsite work at Sterling Pond during the summer of 2011. A volunteer crew from Green Mountain Valley School worked with our Long Trail Patrol to complete the destruction of Watson Camp on the north shore of the pond in May. The Patrol, led by Chris Redder, Jason Snell, and Kari Anderson, spent a week cutting a mountain of debris into packable pieces which Green Mountain Valley School volunteers carried to the ski lift. Read more »
December, 2011: Giving Season Packages for You
Jen and Jocelyn pulled some of their favorite Green Mountain Club items together and created a really nice selection of gift sets for your giving pleasure!
Jocelyn says, "We put these sets together with the goal to create a selection with gifts for all ages, any ability, and any budget. I personally love the Mansfield Lover's Set with the regional map, new water bottle, and pewter summit marker zipper pull." (hint hint)
The gift sets are tied with raffia in attractive bundles and come with a handmade, beautifully embossed gift tag that we can leave blank or sign for you.
According to Jen, "It's the perfect time to share your love of the Green Mountains with the outdoor enthusiast in your life! Not only are we offering these packages at a super value to you, but your purchase also supports Long Trail Protection. Shop small, shop local, shop Green Mountain Club!"
November 15, 2011: Club Generating Renewable Energy on Campus The Green Mountain Club today unveiled a first-in-the-state, wood-burning heat and hot water system. This small-scale, exterior system is part of the club’s new 100 percent on-site renewable energy portfolio for its Waterbury Center campus.
“As the stewards of the Long Trail, its important that the Green Mountain Club walks the walk in promoting efficiency and small-scale renewable energy,” said Will Wiquist, executive director of the club. “We must take responsibility for our own impacts on the environment if we are going to expect others to help protect Vermont’s hiking trails and the mountains and forests they cross.”
November 1, 2011: 22 Miles of Appalachian Trail in Vermont Transferred to Club Stewardship WOODSTOCK
The Green Mountain Club has accepted management responsibility for an additional 22 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Windsor County, Vermont.
The club, which founded and maintains Vermont’s Long Trail, currently manages the Appalachian Trail (AT) where it coincides with the Long Trail as well as from Killington to Route 12 in Woodstock. With this transfer, the club will also lead management efforts from Route 12 to the Connecticut River (see attached map). This stretch of trail, running through Woodstock, Pomfret, Hartford and Norwich, is highlighted by rolling hills and open areas affording hikers spectacular views. Read the full press release
October 15, 2011: Walking In by Greg Cairns
A Short Film from the Mansfield Ridge
This summer, Greg Cairns was the club caretaker at Taft Lodge. Interested in videography, Greg decided to make a film about what Vermont means to him over the summer. He strived to capture the essense of hiking in Vermont. After many days in the wilderness--bringing everything from spiders under his shirt to glorious sunsets on the Mansfield ridge--Greg shares his experience with us his beautiful film, "Walking In":
Thanks, Greg, and happy trails.
October 5, 2011: VT Hiking, Post-Irene THE LONG TRAIL AND APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VERMONT ARE NOW OPEN, with some detours. Some side trails and roads remain closed. Please click on TRAIL UPDATES below for more detailed trail information.
For TRAIL UPDATES, click here. For state road closure information, click here.
If you'd like to support VT Recovery efforts, please consider being a volunteer and/or contribute funds to recovery efforts. If you'd like to support recovery trail work, you can make a contribution here.
October 1, 2011: Happy 100th, Killington Section
From Allison Henry, GMC Board of Directors, Killington Section: I [recently] took plenty of time to reflect on all the changes that have taken place in Vermont, both the Green Mountain Club as a whole and our local Sections. Not just the past 100 years, but ten years or even five years. It has come up at almost every Board meeting for who knows how long...there are so many changes in communication, demographics of folks using the Trail, and the rise of social media. Sometimes it feels like there is a chasm between “old” and “new,” not always correlating with age but also gear, philosophy toward technology and the Internet on AND off the trail, and approach to hiking (ultralight, anyone?).
I hope that in the next five, ten, and 100 years the Green Mountain Club will continue its mission to make the Vermont mountains play a larger role in our lives. I hope that the Main Club and our individual Sections will continue scheduling activities for folks of all ages and abilities, so that everyone can enjoy the Trail in some way regardless of age, hiking philosophy, or whether or not one regularly updates Facebook from the Trail. As an individual hiker and proud member of the Green Mountain Club, I hope to lead by example with enthusiastic support of the GMC's mission, casually educating others about outdoor safety and ethics, and being open to new ways of doing things while still respecting the history of the Trail and its community.
See the Rutland section centennial hike on Facebook.
August 19, 2011: Free Fair Admission for GMC Volunteers The Green Mountain Club has been invited to set up a table at this year’s Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, Vt. If you and a friend can sit at the table for a few hours one day or evening, telling visitors why supporting the club is so important for Vermont hiking trails, mountains, and outdoor recreation, you each get free admission and free parking at the region’s largest fair. “I call that a win-win,” said Will Wiquist, GMC executive director. “You can get into this great fair for free - enjoy the rides, the animals, Al’s French Fries and some sugar on snow - , then you can cool down inside and talk to Vermonters about supporting the Long Trail and trails throughout the state. Not a bad deal.” The Green Mountain Club recently surpassed the 10,000 member mark and it is only with our members’ efforts to spread the word that we can continue this success. We ask that people sign up for 4 hours shifts for the Champlain Valley Fair (Saturday, August 27 – Monday, September 5). Come as you are or with a buddy by emailing Mari, Director of Volunteer Services.
August 14, 2011: Business Members Suppor the Club and Your Wallet
The Green Mountain Club's 10,000+ individual and family members are integral to maintaining Vermont's Long Trail. We also have the support of many businesses who are not only members of the club themselves, but offer a nice benefit to fellow GMC members, to boot!
August 1, 2011: New Day Hikers Guide The new edition of the Day Hiker's Guide has been completely updated and revised to include day trips and circuit hikes using the Long Trail and its side trails. Visit Vermont's high peaks, lakes and ponds, natural historical areas, and state forests. The Day Hiker's Guide includes hikes in every region of the state, and for the first time, an extensive selection of day hikes on the Long Trail system including Mt. Mansfield, Camel's Hump, Killington, Stratton Pond and more. The 6th edition of the Day Hiker's Guide presents more than 200 day hikes in Vermont, detailed directions to the trails, summaries of distance, time, and elevation gains, and more helpful tips.
July 20, 2011: Long Trail Bound
This week, kids from Stowe and Waterbury join GMC Group Outreach Specialist Jenna Whitson for the Green Mountain Wilderness Program (hosted by the Waterbury Rec. Dept.). “We teach kids basic outdoor skills, like using map and compass to orient them to their state, the Long Trail, and where they live,” says Jenna.
In 2010, GMC’s Long Trail Bound (the club’s education program for kids and their teachers) partnered with Vermont schools and summer recreation programs to teach 300 children appreciation for Vermont’s mountains and trails. This year, it will include 500 young people, or more. “We’re hoping to engage new groups over this summer and fall,” Jenna says.
July 2, 2011: Local Chapters on the Trail
The fourteen Green Mountain Club sections are geographically located chapters that maintain pieces of the Long Trail, side and spur trails. Section members are familiar with the trails in their area and are interested in getting involved within their local hiking communities by participating in group outings and trail maintenance projects. In addition to the regular benefits of At Large membership, Section members receive regular newsletters, outing schedules, and updates about nearby hikes and trail work trips.
Marge Fish, GMC President and Manchester Section member, was just out on the Long Trail with other Section volunteers doing some much-needed blazing. Marge reports: “We were out for the day painting the blazes from Mad Tom Notch to the summit of Styles Peak. The last time any blazes were refreshed was at least 10 years ago and the blazes were mostly gone, the few still there really faded. We blazed to Wilderness Standards--generally a five minute walk between blazes-- blazing first going north and then going south. I had done blazing for many years but this was the first time for Mary and Ruthann who had become quite expert by the end of the project.”
June 30, 2011: Life Memberships
The Green Mountain Club’s highest level of membership are the Life and Dual Life memberships and the greatest volunteer award the club bestows on its members is Honorary Life membership . Some rare folks, like Jan and Harris Abbott of Essex Junction, go so far at to get a life membership with their checkbook and an honorary life membership with their hard work and dedication. The Abbotts were featured in a recent Burlington Free Press article for their long-term support for the Vermont’s mountains and hiking through the club. “It’s important to support organizations that protect natural areas,” Jan told the paper (Read the article here). The Abbotts are this year’s Honorary Life members, but they are also Burlington Section Life members and they have a family membership in the Bread Loaf section. Harris said, “The Green Mountain Club has been protecting the trail for a long time. All but a few miles is conserved and it’s important that we preserve this for future generations.” Life members and Honorary Life members are the backbone of the Green Mountain Club, which remains as volunteer-powered and member-supported as it did over a hundred years ago. To learn more about Life membership and the club’s other membership categories, click here. To find volunteer opportunities, click here.
June 16, 2011: Field Season Fundraising
Now that the trails are officially open, the Green Mountain Club’s field program is in full swing! The crew is out on the Long Trail honing their skills, repairing shelters and lodges, cleaning up the trails, and teaching visitors to Vermont’s summits about conservation and fragile alpine vegetation. It’s going to be another busy year –and we wouldn’t have it any other way—but we need your support to accomplish everything on this season’s To Do List. Please click here to learn more about what our field staff will be working on, and to make a donation. We’ll put your money to good use maintaining and protecting the trails! Thank you!
June 15, 2011: Historic Ski Cabin Restoration
Woodstock, Vt. was the first community in the United States to boast a ski lift of any sort. The first rope tow for skiers was opened on Woodstock Hill in 1934. Just down the road from that first lift was Prosper Hill which began serving skiers in the late 1930s. Today, the Appalachian Trail passes a few hundred yards from the cabin that warmed those early skiers on Prosper Hill. According to Ski Trails in the East and How to Find Them (1939): “A large open slope with perfect skiing gradient is found here. From the top of the tow skiers may take either steep or gentle runs. Lunches and free parking available.” The land on which Prosper Hill ski cabin still sits today was acquired by the National Park Service as part of its acquisition of lands across which the A.T. crosses. The Green Mountain Club manages that section of the trail and thus took it upon themselves to do what it can to restore the look of the historic cabin. Following the club’s recent annual meeting at Camp Plymouth State park, club staff and volunteers gathered to give the cabin a fresh coat of paint. You can see photos from this project on the club’s Facebook page here.
June 1, 2011: Doll Peak
The Green Mountain Club announced the official naming of a summit on the northernmost stretch of the Long Trail as Doll Peak. The mountain in the towns of Jay and Richford is named after Charles Doll, the University of Vermont geologist who helped cut and blaze the part of the Long Trail and thus completing the grandfather of America’s long distance hiking trails. “This is a great day for the Green Mountain Club as we finally officially recognize the trailblazing efforts of Charles Doll by naming this beautiful northern Vermont mountain after him,” said Jean Haigh, Green Mountain Club vice president and leader of the Northeast Kingdom chapter of the club. “Doll Peak is a beautiful summit and an essential part of The Long Trail system which has been enjoyed by Vermonters and visitors for decades. The Long Trail has cross Doll Peak for generations but only today is that official.” The work of creating The Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada along Vermont’s ridgelines was first dreamed up in 1910 with the establishment of the Green Mountain Club. It was not completed until Charles Doll and Phillips Carleton cut and blazed the final stretch of trail to International Boundary Marker 592. To read more, click here.
May 20, 2011: Business Support for the Green Mountains
The Green Mountain Club is a member-supported organization. In addition to relying on volunteer work on Vermont’s hiking trails, member ideas for on-going efforts such as education and publications, and financial support from both Vermonters and people across the country, the Green Mountain Club receives strong support from a number of Vermont businesses. Last week, GMC business member Outdoor Gear Exchange moved into a historic location on Burlington’s Church Street – the first Vermont-owned company to occupy the old Woolworths building in nearly a century. The Green Mountain Club was on hand to cheer on the ribbon-cutting by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Like other supporters of the club, O.G.E. offers discounts to club members as well as direct financial support to the club. GMC business members receive are supported by the club’s online resources, promoted at events, and more. The club also encourages businesses to match employee contributions to the club. There are many ways businesses can support Vermont’s Long Trail and the Green Mountain Club. For more information about business membership, click here.
May 18, 2011: Today’s News: GMC’s Camps in the Kingdom
A few years back, the Green Mountain Club acquired two camps on a remote pond in Barton, Vermont in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom region of the state. The two camps on Wheeler Pond are rented out by the club 12-months a year to people seeking rustic beauty and solitude. In order to keep these camps in good shape, the Green Mountain Club – led by its Northeast Kingdom section – periodically works to clean up the land, make necessary repairs to the buildings, and continually improve the experience for visitors. This May, club volunteers and staff cleared brush from around both cottages – while enjoying the bonfire and the beautiful sound of a lone loon on the pond. To look into the availability of the camps and rent them yourself, click here or call the Green Mountain Club. To see pictures from the GMC work day on Wheeler Pond, visit the club on Facebook.