Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3, 2018
Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, VT
The 108th Annual Meeting, hosted by the Upper Valley – Ottauquechee Section, will take place at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. Situated on Lake Morey, it is a beautiful campus for us to enjoy. We have exclusive use of the camp so there’s plenty of space! You may reserve cabin or tent space for Friday or Saturday night or both.
Load the car with your boots, pack, tent, bike, kayak, camp chair, and favorite campfire clothes (but dogs are not allowed on site so please leave them at home), and plan to spend a fun-filled summer weekend with friends. It’s a wonderful opportunity for GMC members to share stories and club news, and to celebrate our year’s accomplishments.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (please do not arrive before 4:00 p.m.). Although situated on Lake Morey, lifeguards will not be on duty, so swimming and boat access are not allowed from the camp. Public access is nearby for those activities.
Registration coming soon.
Schedule of Events
Friday, June 1
10:00 a.m. Work hike on at a location near Hulbert Outdoor Center TBD (check website for details). Meet at the trailhead at 10am to do basic maintenance. Bring lunch, liquids, work gloves, and bug repellent, and dress for the weather; tools will be provided. Contact [email protected] by May 30 to sign up.
3:30 p.m – 5:30 p.m. Board of Directors meeting in Danny’s Room (Main House).
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration and welcoming reception with pizza, salad, and refreshments in the Dining Hall (Main House), followed by storytelling. Bring your favorite adventure stories to share.
Saturday, June 2
6:15 – 7:30 a.m. Birding walk. Meet in front of the Main House.
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Trail run. Join Education and Volunteer Coordinator Rob Rives for a 3-5 mile run. Meet in front of the Main House.
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and complimentary breakfast in the Dining Hall (Main House). Sign up for afternoon activities.
9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Annual Meeting in the Dining Hall (Main House).
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kids’ activities in The Cave (Main House). Arts and crafts and games will be provided all day for children. There are also outdoor play spaces. Supervision is not provided.
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bag lunch buffet in the Dining Hall (Main House). By reservation only.
11:45 a.m. Silent auction to benefit GMC begins.
1:00 p.m. Afternoon outings begin (some longer hikes may start earlier – check the schedule). Look for your outing leader in the parking lot.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Yoga in the Arts Building. Some mats provided. Please bring your own if possible.
6:00 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall (Main House). By reservation only.
6:45 p.m. Silent auction ends.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Speaker, photographer, and adventurer Stephen Gorman: “Expedition to Ultima Thule.” In the Dining Hall (Main House).
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Bonfire and social. Play guitar, banjo, mandolin…the spoons? You never know when an impromptu jam session will start. At the Amphitheater.
Sunday, June 3
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall (Main House). By reservation only.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Trail Maintenance workshop. We’ll cover topics such as pruning and clipping, blazing, and erosion control. No prior experience is necessary. Tools provided. This is valuable for new trail adopters and will take place on the Appalachian Trail. Meet in the Hulbert parking lot.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Section Communications workshop. Learn from other sections their best practices for communicating with members via newsletters, social media, and other online options. In Danny’s Room (Main House).
Sign up for an outing near the registration tables. All hikes leave at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Look for your outing leader in the parking lot. Distances noted are roundtrip.
Sawyer Mountain. Hike. 3.2 miles. Moderate.
Echo Mountain. Hike. 2.2 miles. Moderate. Family friendly.
Wright’s Mountain. Hike. 1.6 miles. Easy.
Bill Hill. Hike. 3.0 miles. Easy.
Houghton Hill. Hike. 5.2 miles. Easy to moderate.
Flagpole Hill. Hike. 2.4 miles. Easy.
Bald Top. Hike. 3.8 miles. Moderate.
Holt’s Ledge. Hike. Appalachian Trail. 3.4 miles. Moderate.
Moose Mountain. Hike. To South Peak on Appalachian Trail. 4.0 miles. Moderate.
Mount Cube. Hike. 4.0 miles. Strenuous.
Black Mountain. Hike. 3.6 miles. Strenuous.
Appalachian Trail Corridor. Hike. Bushwhack along AT corridor, learn about ongoing stewardship of the trail corridor. 3 miles. Moderate.
Cycle from Fairlee to Lyme. Road bike. 25 miles loop. Helmet required. Easy to moderate.
Connecticut River. Paddle. From Orford, NH. Bring canoe or kayak. PFD required. Easy.
On-site cabins, Tenting, and RV space
Cabins have four bedrooms and two bathrooms each. Each bedroom has two sets of bunk beds; linens are not provided.
Tenting is also available. You can pitch your own tent in a large open field on the property (vehicles can drop off gear but must return to the parking lot). Or, you can utilize one of the platform tents which each have four beds (linens not included). RVs can park in the parking lot, but no hookups are available.
Saturday Night Speaker
Expedition to Ultima Thule
Last winter, photographer and author Stephen Gorman set off on a three-week dogsled expedition over the sea ice with the Inughuit, or Polar Eskimos – the northernmost people in the world and one of the last true hunter-gatherer communities in Greenland.
For centuries the Inghuit have lived in the remote Thule region of northwest Greenland, and even by Arctic standards their settlements are extremely remote and their culture unique. Until they were “discovered” by British explorer Sir John Ross in 1818, the Inughuit thought they were the only people on earth. In the early 20th century the Inghuit provided Robert Peary with the dogs, sleds, and expertise he needed to reach the North Pole.
Today, Inghuit hunters still travel the sea ice hunting seals, walrus, narwhal, and polar bears for subsistence purposes. To preserve their culture they use only ice-age technology by choice. There are no snowmobiles in Thule, only dogsleds. In summer the Inghuit still hunt narwhal using kayaks and hand-thrown harpoons.
Unfortunately, the corrosive effects of globalization and climate change threaten their ancient way of life, their language, and their traditions. As a result, it is increasingly likely that the language and cultural traditions of these Arctic hunters, whose speakers number no more than 1,000, will disappear. When that happens a rich repository of indigenous knowledge about living sustainably on the land, the sea and the ice will also be lost.
Stephen Gorman has photographed and authored five large-format books and dozens of articles for national magazines. His Arctic photographs are currently on tour at United States Consulates across Canada, his work is in demand by a wide variety of clients, and his photographs are in numerous private collections.
Stephen’s work focuses on understanding the connections between nature and humanity: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material and spiritual lives, how we adapt to and modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world we live in. He works where the biosphere and the ethnosphere come together.
Raised overseas, educated in a foreign language, at an early age Stephen developed a deep longing to explore and understand his native land and people. As a result of this lifelong quest, he offers a unique perspective on the conservation issues of our time. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, where he studied biophilia – nature’s role in human health, productivity, and wellbeing, and helped found the program in environmental communications; and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University, where he studied American environmental history and the history of the North American Frontier.
Steve lives in Vermont with his wife Mary and their dog Josie, where he is an avid downhill, backcountry, and cross country skier, a long distance trail runner, a road cyclist, a whitewater kayaker and expedition canoeist, and a competitive ice hockey player. Find him online at stephengorman.com.