Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2019
Windridge Tennis & Sports Camps, Roxbury, VT
The 109th Green Mountain Club Annual Meeting, hosted by the Montpelier Section, will take place at Windridge Tennis & Sports Camps in Roxbury. The grounds encompass more than 250 acres of woods, hills, meadows, and playing fields, and have a beautiful view west across the valley to the Green Mountains.
Load the car with your boots, pack, tent, bike, kayak, camp chair, and favorite campfire clothes (but please leave pets 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.
We are excited to announce that Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be serving their beverages at Saturday night’s dinner.
Note: Please do not arrive before 4:30 PM on Friday when the venue opens.
Registration is closed.
Contact Kristin McLane with any questions.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 31
10:00 a.m. Work hike. Meet at the Long Trail crossing at Lincoln Gap. We will be packing charcoal into Battell Shelter. Bring lunch, liquids, work gloves, and bug repellent, and dress for the weather; tools will be provided, or bring your favorites. Contact [email protected] by May 27 to sign up.
4:30 p.m. Registration begins.
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Registration and dinner (by reservation only), followed by storytelling by GMC caretakers.
Saturday, June 1
6:15 – 7:30 a.m. Birding walk.
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Trail run. Join Lorne Currier for a three to five mile run.
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast (included with lodging, or by reservation). Sign up for afternoon activities.
9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Annual meeting.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Board of directors meeting.
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kids’ activities. Arts and crafts and games will be provided all day for children. There are also outdoor play spaces. Supervision will not be provided.
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Bag lunch buffet. Courtesy of the Montpelier Section.
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 posted schedule). A film may be shown for those not hiking.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Yoga. Please bring your own mat.
6:00 p.m. Dinner. By reservation.
6:45 p.m. Silent auction ends.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Presentation. Photographer and naturalist Sue Morse: “Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes.”
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Campfire and social.
Sunday, June 2
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast. Included with lodging, or by reservation.
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 will be provided and the workshop will take place right on Windridge’s own hiking trail. This is valuable for new trail adopters.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Section workshop. Learn what works from other sections. This year’s topic will be “Best Practices for Trip Leaders,” with discussion to be led by the Burlington Section’s Dave Hathaway. This is an interactive discussion so please bring your insights and issues.
The schedule is subject to change.
Sign up for an outing near the registration tables. All outings leave at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Look for your outing leader in the parking lot. Distances noted are roundtrip.
- Scragg Mountain. Hike. 6 miles. Moderate to difficult.
- Millstone quarries. Hike. 4 miles. Easy.
- Appalachian Gap: LT South to Theron Dean Shelter. Hike. 3.6 miles. Strenuous. Leaves at 12:00 p.m.
- Lincoln Gap: LT South to Sunset Ledge. Hike. 2.2 miles. Easy.
- Lincoln Gap: LT North to Mt Abraham. Hike. 5.2 miles. Strenuous. Leaves at 12:00 p.m.
- Paine Mountain. Hike. 6.7 miles. Moderate.
- Blueberry Lake and Warren Falls. Hike. 4.6 miles. Easy to Moderate.
- Allis State Park. Hike. 0.75 miles plus a climb up the fire tower. Moderate but short.
- Hubbard Park and North Branch Park. Hike. 3 miles. Easy.
- Cycle from Roxbury to Brookfield. Road bike. 26 miles. Helmet required. Moderate.
- Waterbury Center State Park. Paddle. Bring canoe or kayak. PFD required. Moderate. Leaves at 12:00 p.m.
Lodging options are tent or RV space ($16/night), shared bunkhouses ($26/night), or private cabins ($36/night). RVs can park in the parking lot, but no hookups are available. Linens are not provided for bunkhouses or private cabins.
A limited number of private cabins are available. Each cabin has one full or queen size bed and a bathroom. **All cabins are full for the weekend.
Saturday Night Speaker
Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes
Intelligent, loving and loyal, wild genetic relatives of dogs have much to teach us—not only about our beloved pets but about healthy ecosystems. Sue will have the audience howling with laughter as she shares her amazing photos and accounts of adventures studying these animals in Arizona, Montana, northern Minnesota, the Northeast, Canada and the Arctic.
Susan Morse is a nationally known naturalist, professional tracker and founder of Keeping Track®, an organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and citizen science at the grassroots level. Her 42 years of field research, monitoring and interpreting the habitat uses of selected wide-ranging mammals, has focused on puma, black bear, bobcat, Canada lynx and fisher. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and in numerous publications, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Amicus Journal, and Wild Earth.