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Events and reports for 2002
Montpelier Section reports in the 2002 Long Trail News
Sat Jan 5
Saturday, January 5 -- Cross-country Ski/Snowshoe, Annual Chili Party at Beaver Meadow Lodge, Morristown. 5 miles. Moderate with moderate pace. Please bring your own bowl and utensils.     Leader: Peter Downey -for your lunch contribution.
Sun Jan 6
Sunday, January 6 -- Snowshoe, the "Hills of Montpelier". 2-3 miles. Easy with easy pace.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Tue Jan 8
Tuesday, January 8 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Scheduling events from March 9 - June 1, 2002. You may bring a dessert to share.     Host: Ann Burcroff
Fri Jan 11
Friday, January 11 -- Taylor Lecture Series, sponsored by the Montpelier Section, GMC Headquarters, Waterbury Center. Presenter: Bob Northrup 7:00 PM.
Sat Jan 12
Saturday, January 12 -- Cross-country Ski, Burke Mt. Ski Touring Center. TRAIL FEE. Various distances. All abilities.     Leader: Bob & Marilyn Wilson
Sun Jan 13
Sunday, January 13 -- Cross-country Ski, Berlin. Easy to moderate. Will adjust pace and route for less experienced skiers.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Tue Jan 15
Tuesday, January 15 -- Executive Committee Mtg. All members are welcome.     Host: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sat Jan 19
Saturday, January 19 -- Cross-country Ski, Stowe Mt. Resort Cross-Country Ski Center. TRAIL FEE. Various distances. All abilities.     Leader: Mary Garcia -and Mary Slater
Sat Jan 26
Saturday, January 26 -- Cross-country Ski/Snowshoe, Irish Hill to Paine Mt. Approximately 6 miles. Difficult. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jan 27
Sunday, January 27 -- Snowshoe, Butler Lodge Trail from Stevensville to Long Trail to Nebraska Notch Trail. 6+ miles. Difficult with moderate pace. Length of hike could increase depending on road conditions.     Leader: Michael Chernick -and Fred Jordan
Mon Jan 28
Monday, January 28 -- Full Moon Snowshoe, Montpelier North Branch Nature Center trails. 3 hrs +/-. Bring Flashlight. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Feb 2
February 2-3 -- Overnight Snowshoe/Cross-country Ski, backpack to Zealand Falls Hut in NH. $19.00 Fee. Difficult with moderate pace. Registration deadline December 27th.     Leader: Peter Downey or Michael Chernick
Sun Feb 3
Sunday, February 3 -- Cross-country Ski, Edson Hill Ski Touring Center, Stowe. TRAIL FEE. Length to be determined. Moderate with moderate pace.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sat Feb 9
Saturday, February 9 -- Cross-country Ski, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. TRAIL FEE. Various distances. All abilities.     Leader: Ray & Sylvia Kingsbury
Sun Feb 10
Sunday, February 10 -- Snowshoe & Potluck Dinner at Sally Sairs home, Woodbury. Bring your own bowl, cup, and utensils. Flashlight needed after dinner. 5 miles. Easy/Moderate with moderate pace. Dinner at 4:30 PM.     Leader: Sally Sairs - for your potluck contribution.
Sat Feb 16
Saturday, February 16 -- Cross-country Ski. Explore various trails in Little River State Park. 4+ hours. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Feb 17
Sunday, February 17 -- Snowshoe, Camel's Hump, from Couching Lion parking lot via Monroe and Dean Trails to Montclair Glen Lodge with loop on Allis Trail. 6+/- miles. Moderate with moderate pace.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Feb 23
Saturday, February 23 -- Snowshoe, Calais. 5 miles. Easy to moderate.     Leader: Joan Heller and Betty Moskowitz
Sun Feb 24
Sunday, February 24 -- Cross-country Ski, the trails in Duxbury. Approximately 3 1/2 hrs. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Tue Feb 26
Tuesday, February 26 -- Moonlight Cross-country Ski, Smugglers' Notch, Rte. 108. 4-5 miles. Moderate with moderate pace. Headlamps may be useful.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Wed Feb 27
Wednesday, February 27 -- Full Moon Snowshoe, Paine Mt. Approximately 3 hrs. on the trail. Moderate. Bring flashlight.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Trail Talk number 62 Spring 2002
Sat Mar 2
Saturday, March 2 -- Snowshoe, Woodward Mt. Trail from Waterbury Reservoir dam to top of Ricker Mt. 3,000 ft. elevation gain. Approximately 6 hrs. on the trail plus car shuttle. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Mar 3
Sunday, March 3 -- Cross-Country Ski, Highland Lodge, Greensboro. Open fields and wooded trails. TRAIL FEE. Various distances. All abilities. Optional 6:00 P.M. dinner at the Lodge.     Leader: Mark Haughwout
Tue Mar 5
Tuesday, March 5 -- Cross-country Ski, Sterling Forest, Stowe. 7 miles. Trails not groomed. Moderate/Difficult with steady pace.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sat Mar 16
Saturday, March 16 -- Snowshoe, Hunger Mt. via the no longer maintained Worcester Trail. For adventurous souls. 8.8 miles with 1,950' elevation gain. Difficult.     Leader: George Richardson, Jr. and Nancy Schulz
Sun Mar 17
Sunday, March 17 -- Snowshoe, Stowe Pinnacle. 3.5 miles. Snowmelt alternative, round trip walk from Stowe Village on bike path. Both Moderate with moderate pace.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Mar 23
Saturday, March 23 -- Cross-Country Ski, scout the Catamount Trail south of Huntington. Distance unknown. Difficult.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Thur Mar 28
Thursday, March 28 -- Full Moon Snowshoe, Spruce Mt. 4.4 miles. 1,180' elevation gain. Moderate. Bring flashlight.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Mar 30
Saturday, March 30 -- Cross-Country Ski, back country loop in Worcester. Approximately 9 miles. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Fri Apr 5
Friday, April 5 -- Montpelier Section Section Annual Meeting, Christ Church, 64 State St., Montpelier VT. Meeting packet. Notes on Preparation for the meeting.
Sat Apr 6
Saturday, April 6 -- Cross-Country Ski, Mystery location. 4-6 hours of skiing with variable terrain. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Apr 6
Saturday, April 6 -- Walk, Champion Lands in Essex County, cosponsored with Northeast Kingdom Section. Approximately 8 miles. Limited to 8 Montpelier section members.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Mon Apr 8
Monday, April 8 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Schedule events from June 15 - September 1, 2002. You may bring a dessert to share.     Host: Fred & Nancy Jordan
Sat Apr 13
Saturday, April 13 -- Canoe/Kayak, Mystery paddle. We'll paddle in a pretty, quiet place where the ice is out. 3 hours on the water. Dress appropriately for conditions. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Apr 20
Saturday, April 20 -- Road Walk, Mystery location. Length depends on location and conditions. Moderate.     Leader: Priscilla Daggett
Sat Apr 27
Saturday, April 27 -- Canoe/Kayak, Missisquoi River and Dead Creek loop. 12-mile flat-water paddle. View great blue heron rookery. Moderate, Difficult if windy.     Leader: Eric Seidel and Nancy Schulz
Sun Apr 28
Sunday, April 28 -- Road Walk, Chelsea. 6.5 miles. Easy/moderate with moderate pace. Bring water and snack. Roads may be muddy.     Leader: Reidun & Andrew Nuquist
Sat May 4
Saturday, May 4 -- Hike/Ski, Pinkham Notch to Tuckerman Ravine, NH. This outing is for those wishing to ski Tuckerman Ravine and those wishing to observe the action. Skiers and watchers may use different trails. Be prepared for winter weather. 6 miles. Difficult with moderate pace. Bring winter clothing and rain gear. Poles advised for hikers.     Leader: Bob & Marilyn Wilson
Sun May 5
Sunday, May 5 -- Road Walk, around Berlin Pond, plus a 4-mile extension. 9 miles. Moderate. Bring lunch.     Leader: Ray & Sylvia Kingsbury
Sun May 12
Sunday, May 12 -- Mother's Day Road Walk, Middlesex loop. Mom's welcome. Approximately 8.5 miles. Moderate. Beaver ponds, cellar holes, great view of Mt. Hunger. Be prepared for wet and muddy sections.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Wed May 15
Wednesday, May 15 -- "extracurricular work hike" in Hubbard Park     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sat May 18
Saturday, May 18 -- Work Hike, Spring walk-through, Long Trail on Bamforth Ridge. Remove winter blowdowns, clean waterbars, clip branches. 3 miles. Easy to difficult. Newcomers Welcome! Tools provided. Bring work gloves.     Leader: John Buddington
Sun May 19
Sunday, May 19 -- Bike Ride, Northfield/Moretown loop. Approximately 30 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Tue May 21
Tuesday, May 21 -- Executive Committee Mtg. (The Minutes say "May 12".)     Host: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sat May 25
Saturday, May 25 -- Work Hike, Spring walk-through, Sterling Pond to Chilcoot Pass. Remove winter blowdowns, clean waterbars, clip branches. Up to 7 miles. Difficult. Tools provided. Bring work gloves.     Leader: John Buddington
Sun May 26
Sunday, May 26 -- Bike Ride, Moretown, Waitsfield, and Warren loop. Mostly paved roads. Approximately 35 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jun 2
Sunday, June 2 -- Bike Ride, Fairlee, VT - Haverhill, NH. 25 miles. Moderate with moderate pace. Paved roads/some hills. Helmet required.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Jun 7
June 7 - 9 -- GMC Annual Meeting, Bromley Ski Resort. Hosted by the Bennington and Manchester Sections. Details in upcoming Long Trail News.
Jun 11
Next Year -- GMC Annual Meeting
Trail Talk number 63 Summer 2002
Sat Jun 15
Saturday, June 15 -- Bike Ride, South Hero. 25 miles. Moderate. Helmet required. Optional swim.     Leader: Mary Slater or Mary Garcia
Sun Jun 16
Sunday, June 16 -- Hike, Burnt Rock Mtn., from No. Fayston to Burnt Rock, (3168') on the LT. 5.2 miles. Difficult with moderate pace. Dress according to weather and season.     Leader: Reidun & Andrew Nuquist
Sat Jun 22
Saturday, June 22 -- Canoe/Kayak, Caspian Lake. Easy with slow pace. Rain cancels.     Leader: Joan Heller or Betty Moskowitz -to make sure trip is on.
Thur Jun 27
Thursday, June 27 -- Hike, Waterbury Reservoir. Walk upstream toward Moscow from the end of the reduced reservoir. Could be muddy in places. With water level reduced by 70', we will explore exposed shoreline and reservoir bottom as conditions permit. Easy.     Leader: Andrew Nuquist
Sat Jun 29
Saturday, June 29 -- Section Volunteer Day, Bamforth Ridge Shelter site. Clear area of trees and brush.     Leader: John Buddington
Sun Jun 30
Sunday, June 30 -- Hike, Camel's Hump from west side (Huntington) up Forest City Trail to LT, down Burroughs. 6 miles. Moderate to Difficult. Bring rain gear and bug spray.     Leader: Sylvia Kingsbury or Marilyn Wilson
Sat Jul 6
Saturday, July 6 -- Hike, Mt. Ascutney, Weathersfield Trail. 6+/- miles with 2,000 ft. elevation gain. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jul 7
Sunday, July 7 -- Canoe/Kayak, Paddle around Lake Ninevah (237 acres) in Mt. Holly. Approximately 3 hrs. on the water. Easy.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Tue Jul 9
Tuesday, July 9 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting and Cookout. Old Hubbard Park Shelter on top of the sliding hill. Spring St. entrance to the Park. Bring your cookout favorites, chips, drink, etc. The fireplace will be ready. Will be scheduling events from September 1 - December 1, 2002. Contact: Nancy Jordan
Sat Jul 13
Saturday, July 13 -- Hike, Jay Peak. Rte. 105 south to Rte. 242. 9 miles. Difficult. Involves car spotting.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sun Jul 14
Sunday, July 14 -- Hike, Hunger Mtn. From Middlesex side. 6 miles. Moderate. Bring appropriate weather gear.     Leader: Jim & Marie McWilliam
Tue Jul 16
Tuesday, July 16 -- Evening Bike Ride, Montpelier. 23 miles. Rolling hills on scenic route through Maple Corners. Paved roads except for 2.5 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Jill Aspinall or Rick Molz
Sat Jul 20
Saturday, July 20 -- Hike, Belvidere Mtn., then a paddle at Lake Eden. Come for one part or both. Hike is 5.6 miles round trip and pond is 136 acres. Approximately 4 hrs. on the trail, 2 hrs. on water. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz and Steve Larose
Sun Jul 21
Sunday, July 21 -- Walk, Little River Trail, Waterbury. Easy. Bring lunch.     Leader: Jamie Cope
Jul 23
July 23-25 -- Canoe/Kayak, Androscoggin River, Umbagog Lake, NH, Aziscohos Lake, ME. Easy white water and lake paddling. Camp at Molligewock Campground. Moderate. PFDs required. Bring own camping and paddling equipment. Group size is limited. EXPERIENCED PADDLERS ONLY.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Sat Jul 27
Saturday, July 27 -- Bike to Elmore State Park, Hike Mt. Elmore. Bring lunch, optional paddle around lake, bike home. Come for one part or all. Moderate/Difficult. Bring money for state park admission and boat rental.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jul 28
Sunday, July 28 -- Hike, Camel's Hump via Monroe and Alpine Trails. 7.5 miles Difficult. Bad weather cancels.     Leader: Steve Larose and Fred Jordan
Aug 3
August 3-4 -- Assemble Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Overnight camping on site is possible. Hike in 2.7 miles. Bring work gloves.     Leader: John Buddington.
Tue Aug 6
Tuesday, August 6 -- Executive Committee Meeting. All members are welcome.     Host: Ann Burcroff
Aug 10
August 10-11 -- Finish Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Open the spur trail to the LT. Bring work gloves.     Leader: John Buddington.
Fri Aug 16
Friday, August 16 -- Walk, East Montpelier. Start at cemetery, walk around pond, a full circle. Bring camera. 8 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Jamie Cope
Sat Aug 17
Saturday, August 17 -- Bike, Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, St. Albans to Richford. 26 miles. Easy-Moderate. Bring helmet.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sun Aug 18
Sunday, August 18 -- Hike, Worcester Mtn. 5 miles. Moderate. Wear appropriate weather gear.     Leader: Jim & Marie McWilliam
Sat Aug 24
Saturday, August 24 -- Canoe/Kayak, Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans to Wood's and Burton Islands. 5 miles. Moderate. Bring PFD, rain gear.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Aug 24
August 24-25 Hike -- Hazen's Notch - A.M. arrival, picnic lunch, guided nature walk, optional swim and restaurant dinner, tent/car camp or B & B by reservation overnight. - 10:00 A.M., join group for Moderate Burnt Mtn. hike for panoramic view from open rock summit. Rolf Anderson to host. Small fee.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sun Aug 25
Sunday, August 25 -- Bike, Montpelier. 62 miles. Difficult with moderate pace. Ride through Stowe and Elmore. Paved roads. Bring or buy a lunch.     Leader: Jill Aspinall or Rick Molz
Sun Sep 1
Sunday, September 1 -- Hike, Carrigan Mtn., NH. Signal Ridge Trail. 10 miles. Difficult. Bring lunch, rain gear.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Trail Talk number 64 Fall 2002
Sun Sep 8
Sunday, September 8 -- Two Choice Hike, Moscow. Mansfield Trail from Lake Mansfield/Trout Club. 1. Hike to Taylor Lodge, 3.2 miles round trip. Easy. or 2. continue on Long Trail to Mansfield forehead. 12 miles total round trip. Difficult with moderate pace. Bring your camera.     Leader: Priscilla Daggett - or Ed Loewenton -to register.
Sat Sep 14
Saturday, September 14 -- Bike Ride, So. Hero. 25 miles. Moderate. Helmet required.     Leader: Mary Slater or Mary Garcia
Sun Sep 15
Sunday, September 15 -- Hike, Elmore Mountain, Elmore. Easy.     Leader: Christie Carter or Fred Jordan
Tue Sep 17
Tuesday, September 17 -- Hike and Bike Ride, Mount Independence guided tour/hike, 2-3 miles. Easy. Tour begins at 10:00 A.M. Fee. Bike ride, Orwell-Lake Champlain-Shoreham. 20 miles. Moderate. Bring lunch and be prepared to hike and bicycle. Mount Independence is an unspoiled Revolutionary War site. Reservations required by September 10th.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Sat Sep 21
Saturday, September 21 -- Bike Ride, Woodbury, Calais, East Montpelier. Approximately 30 miles. Paved and dirt roads with hills. Moderate to Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Sep 21
Saturday, September 21 -- Hike, Spruce Mountain, Plainfield. 4 miles. Easy with moderate pace. Good hike for families.     Leader: Jim & Marie McWilliam
Sun Sep 22
Sunday, September 22 -- Bamforth Ridge Shelter dedication, 10:00 A.M. at Gleason Brook bridge, 1/2 hr. hike. Easy. 1:30 P.M., placement of plaque and dedication at shelter. 2.7 miles Difficult. More details on page 8.     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sat Sep 28
Saturday, September 28 -- Work Hike, Long Trail near Sterling Pond. Install bog bridges. Haul hemlock from a nearby depot, place footers in the mud, and spike together the bridges. Dirty work, but not heavy.     Leader: John Buddington
Sun Sep 29
Sunday, September 29 -- Hike, Wheeler Mountain, southeast of Barton. Possible additional pond walk nearby. Moderate. Bring your camera.     Leader: Marilyn Wilson -or Michael Chernick
Oct 1
October 1 -- Executive Committee meeting.
Sat Oct 5
Saturday, October 5 -- Work Hike, Long Trail on Bamforth Ridge. Bog bridges and rock work. Hike in 2 miles. For workers interested in learning trail maintenance techniques. Physical size not important: we use leverage.     Leader: John Buddington
Sun Oct 6
Sunday, October 6 -- Bike Ride, around Lake Willoughby. Lunch at Crystal Lake State Park. 30 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Ray & Sylvia Kingsbury
Tue Oct 8
Tuesday, October 8 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from December 1, 2002 - March 1, 2003. You may bring a snack to share.     Host: Michael Chernick
Sat Oct 12
Saturday, October 12 -- Canoe/Kayak, Lake Champlain, south of Crown Point. Paddle in the narrow, river-like southern end of the Lake. Life jackets a must. 10 miles. Easy.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sun Oct 13
Sunday, October 13 Visit "Birds of VT Museum", Huntington. Talking demonstration by Bob Spear. Easy hiking trails after lunch. Fee: Group rates for Seniors $2.50, Adults - $3.50.     Leader: Doris Washburn - or Fred Jordan
Mon Oct 14
Monday, October 14 -- Hike, Bolton Notch Road to Lake Mansfield on the LT. 11.5 miles. Difficult. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Oct 19
Saturday, October 19 -- Work Hike, Long Trail near Elephant's Head. Clip branches and finish conversion of the former Elephant's Head Trail to the LT.     Leader: John Buddington
Sat Oct 26
Saturday, October 26 -- Hike, Big Deer Mountain, Groton State Forest. 4 miles round trip. Easy. .     Leader: Priscilla Daggett
Sun Oct 27
Sunday, October 27 -- Canoe/Kayak. Pond hop at mystery locations in eastern Vermont. Come for 1, 2, or all 3 ponds. Easy.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Nov 10
Sunday, November 10 -- Hike, Long Trail south from Rte. 15 in Johnson to Bear Hollow Shelter. 6.6 miles. Moderate with moderate pace.     Leader: Reidun & Andrew Nuquist
Sat Nov 16
Saturday, November 16 -- Road Walk, Moretown loop. 8 miles, 31/2 hrs. Moderate. WEAR ORANGE. Be prepared for possible wet sections.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Nov 17
Sunday, November 17 -- Walk, Burlington Bike Path. 10 miles. Easy with moderate pace. From boat house at foot of College St. to northern end of path.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Nov 23
Saturday, November 23 -- Road Walk, Middlesex loop. Approximately 8.5 miles. Beaver ponds, cellar holes, great view of Mt. Hunger. Moderate. WEAR ORANGE. Be prepared for possible muddy sections.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Nov 24
Sunday, November 24 -- Mystery Road Walk. Approximately 3 hrs. Moderate. WEAR ORANGE.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Trail Talk number 65 Winter 2002-2003
Sun Dec 1
Sunday, December 1 -- Annual Walking Tour of Burlington. 8 miles. Easy with steady pace. Bring lunch to eat in transit; money for dinner following walk.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Fri Dec 6
Friday, December 6 -- Slide Show. Title: "Zig-Zaging in Zagori: Walking in Northwestern Greece." Dessert will be provided.     Host: Reidun & Andrew Nuquist
Sun Dec 8
Sunday, December 8 -- Snowshoe or Hike. Appalachian Trail, Rte. 12 to Winturri Shelter. 8 miles. Difficult with moderate pace.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Dec 14
Saturday, December 14 -- Snowshoe. Elephant's Head Loop. Visiting Elephant's Head, Sterling Pond, and Smuggler's Notch. 7.5 miles. Difficult.     Leader: Dave Blumenthal
Sun Dec 15
Sunday, December 15 -- Village Walk. Craftsbury Common. 5.4 miles. Easy to moderate.     Leader: Reidun or Andrew Nuquist
Thur Dec 19
Thursday, December 19 -- Full Moon Snowshoe. North Branch Park, Montpelier. Moderate. Please bring flashlight.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Dec 22
Sunday, December 22 -- Hike/Snowshoe. Groton State Park. Moderate.     Leader: Steve Lightholder

Montpelier Section reports in the 2003 Long Trail News

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