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Montpelier Section reports in the 2005 Long Trail News


  Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Montpelier Section, founded in 1955

Sat Jan 1
Saturday, January 1 -- Snowshoe. 50/50 #l. Worcester Mtn. 5 miles round trip, 1,970 ft. elevation gain. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jan 2
Sunday, January 2 -- Snowshoe. Elmore Mountain to Foundation, option to the tower, and side-trip to Balance Rock. 4-5.5+/- miles. Easy/Moderate. Bring lunch or snacks. Snowshoe crampons optional.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Tue Jan 4
Tuesday, January 4 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting.
Sat Jan 8
Saturday, January 8 -- GMC Snowshoe Festival, Waterbury Center.
Sun Jan 9
Sunday, January 9 -- Snowshoe. Taylor Lodge from Trout Club, Moscow. 3.5 miles. Moderate. Bring lunch.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Tue Jan 11
Tuesday, January 11 -- Executive Committee Meeting. All members are welcome.
Sat Jan 15
Saturday, January 15 -- Snowshoe. 50/50 #2. Traverse from Paine Mtn. to Irish Hill, Berlin. Difficult. 5+/- hours. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Jan 15
Saturday, January 15 -- Cross-Country Ski. Bolton Ski Touring Center. Various distances. All abilities.     Leader: Mary Garcia or Mary Slater
Sun Jan 16
Sunday, January 16 -- Snowshoe. Spruce Mtn., Plainfield. 4.4 miles. Moderate. Bring lunch.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Fri Jan 21
Friday, January 21 -- James P. Taylor Winter Series. Speakers: Dave Blumenthal and Lexi Shear. 7:00 P.M. Contact: Jill Aspinall
Sat Jan 22
Saturday, January 22 -- Snowshoe - *50th Heritage Outing. Mad River Glen Ski Area. Free chair lift ride to the Stark's Nest. Snowshoe on the LT to Glen Ellen Lodge and back. Snowshoe down to Mad River Glen base lodge. 4 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sun Jan 23
Sunday, January 23 -- Cross-Country Ski loop. 50/50 #3. East Montpelier. 7 or 14 miles. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Mon Jan 24
Monday, January 24 -- Moonlight Snowshoe. 50/50 #4. Hubbard Park. Easy. Bring flashlight or headlamp.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Jan 29
Saturday, January 29 -- Snowshoe. 50/50 #5. Worcester range from Richardson Farm. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz and George Richardson
Sat Jan 29
Saturday, January 29 -- Snowshoe. Groton State Forest. 3 miles. Easy. Bring cookies to share.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sun Jan 30
Sunday, January 30 -- Snowshoe. Mansfield chin via Long Trail (Rte. 108). 8 miles. Difficult. Snowshoes required; Crampons usually needed for this hike. Winter hiking experience, proper gear and clothing necessary.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sun Jan 30
Sunday, January 30 -- Walk. Stowe. From end of plowed section of Stowe Mountain Road to Smugglers' Notch. 3 miles. Easy.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Tue Feb 1
Tuesday, February 1 -- Cross-Country Ski. East Montpelier. Morse Farm Cross-Country Ski Center. 5-10 mile option.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Sat Feb 5
Saturday, February 5 -- Cross-Country Ski. 50/50 #6. Backcountry loop in Worcester. 9+/- miles. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Feb 6
Sunday, February 6 -- Snowshoe. Camel's Hump. Moderate to Montclair Glen and Difficult to Summit. Both start from Couching Lion Farm. 6-7 miles. Bring lunch, hot beverage and dress in layers. Winter hiking experience and crampons are advisable for Difficult option to summit. Must register with     Leader: Michael Chernick or Ed Loewenton
Sun Feb 6
Sunday, February 6 -- Ski Trip to Hazen's Notch Association (not in Trail Talk)     Leader: Jill Aspinall & Rick Molz
Mon Feb 7
Monday, February 7 -- Evening Snowshoe at Cotton Brook/Waterbury Reservoir, Stowe. 4-8 miles. All abilities. Hike on forest trails and logging roads. Bring snowshoes, optional ski poles, headlamp, water, snacks, and dress appropriately. Limit: 12 people. Possibility for aprs dinner at Back 40. Must register before Friday, February 4th with     Leader: Bill Clark
Sat Feb 12
Saturday, February 12 -- Cross-Country Ski. 50/50 #7. Duxbury. Catamount Trail from River Road. 31/2+/- hours. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Feb 13
Sunday, February 13 -- Cross-Country Ski. Highland Lodge Ski Touring Center. Various distances. All abilities. Optional 6:00 P.M. dinner at the Lodge. Make dinner reservation with     Leader: Mary Garcia
Sat Feb 19
Saturday, February 19 -- Cross-Country Ski. 50/50 #8. Little River State Park loop. Stevenson Brook, Hedgehog Hill, and other trails. 4+/- hours. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Feb 20
Sunday, February 20 -- Mystery Cross-Country Ski. Easy.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sun Feb 20
Sunday, February 20 -- Snowshoe. Mt. Mansfield via Butler Trail, Wampahoofus, possible return on Maple Ridge, Rock Garden. Difficult option to Forehead. Optional stop at Butler Lodge. Moderate return via Nebraska Notch Trail. 5.7-7+ miles. Lunch at Butler Lodge. Crampons helpful. Winter hiking experience and gear needed.     Leader: Ed Loewenton or Michael Chernick
Mon Feb 21
Monday, February 21 -- Moonlight Mystery Snowshoe. *50th Heritage Outing. 50/50 #9. Easy/Moderate. Bring flashlight.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Feb 26
February 26-27 -- Overnight Snowshoe/Cross-Country Ski. Backpack to Zealand Falls Hut in NH. Fee: $25.00 Registration deadline is December 26th.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Feb 26
Saturday, February 26 -- Snowshoe. 50/50 #10. Waterbury. Woodward Mtn. Trail from the Waterbury Reservoir to the top of Ricker Mtn. 3,000' elevation gain. 6+/- hours on trail. Difficult. Requires car shuttle.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Feb 27
Sunday, February 27 -- Snowshoe. Maple Corner area. 4 miles. Easy to moderate. Bring lunch. Beverages and cookies supplied by host. Meet at Maple Corner Store.     Leader: Joan Heller
Trail Talk number 74 Spring 2005
Tue Mar 1
Tuesday, March 1 -- Cross-Country Ski. "Groton's Greatest" 50/50 # 11. Groton State Park's Nature Center to Peacham Bog and Martin's Bog. Walk on water! No bug bites! 6 hours. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Mar 5
Saturday, March 5 -- Cross-Country Ski. "Lead it to Beaver" 50/50 # 12. Beaver Meadow Lodge. 6 hours. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Mar 5
Saturday, March 5 -- Cross-Country Ski. Blueberry Lake Ski Center, Warren. Easy. Trail Fee. If no snow, enjoy leader's surprise walk.     Leader: Priscilla Daggett
Sun Mar 6
Sunday, March 6 -- Workshop: Winter skills for steep or difficult terrain. Elmore Mountain. If you find that steep, slippery, or otherwise difficult terrain limits the range of your hiking and snowshoeing adventures, sign up for this workshop to learn some concepts and techniques. Gain confidence to go anywhere. All levels. Bring snowshoes, poles, and snowproof clothing.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sat Mar 12
Saturday, March 12 -- Cross-Country Ski. - 50th Heritage Outing. Bayley-Hazen Military Road. Ski through Hazen's Notch (unplowed Rte. 58) in Montgomery and Lowell. We'll explore the Hazen's Notch Touring Center if time permits. 7 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sun Mar 13
Sunday, March 13 -- Snowshoe. Gore Mountain. 6 miles to one of the Northeast Kingdom's highest peaks. Difficult.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Mar 15
March 15 -- Executive Committee Meeting
Sat Mar 19
Saturday, March 19 -- Snowshoe. Sterling Pond Trail, Smuggler's Notch to Watson Camp. 5 miles round trip. Difficult.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sat Mar 19
Saturday, March 19 -- Cross-Country Ski. "Groton Galore" 50/50 # 13. Groton State Forest. 6 miles. All abilities. Come for a small part (Easy), a middle distance (Moderate), or all of the route.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Mar 20
Sunday, March 20 -- Skate. Montpelier Swimming Pool, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M. All abilities. Bring your own skates.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sun Mar 20
Sunday, March 20 -- Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe and Potluck Supper. Montpelier Hubbard Park and/or North Branch River Park from leader' home. All abilities. Potluck supper afterwards. Afternoon skaters welcome for supper.     Leader: Jill Aspinall and Rick Molz
Wed Mar 23
Wednesday, March 23 -- Snowshoe. "Mosey by Moonlight" 50/50 #14. North Branch Park. Easy/Moderate. Bring flashlight or head lamp.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Mar 27
Sunday, March 27 -- Snowshoe/Walk. Mountain Road in Stowe. Moderate. We will start at Barnes Camp, where Rte. 108 is closed to vehicle traffic during the winter, and follow the highway up to Smugglers' Notch where the Sterling Pond Trail meets the road. Snowshoes may prove useful, especially at icy spots.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Fri Apr 1
Friday, April 1 -- Montpelier Section Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Sat Apr 2
Saturday, April 2 -- 50th Heritage Outing. Sugar on Snow Party, Morse Farm. A sugar on snow party at Morse Farm was the first recorded event held by the Montpelier Section. FEE: $4.10 per person for sugar on snow, raised donuts, pickle, and coffee or tea.     Leader: Mary Garcia
Sun Apr 3
Sunday, April 3 -- Road Walk. Peacham, through hilly, forested landscape and past fields and stone walls. Views. Easy/Moderate. 5.3 miles. Roads may be muddy.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Sun Apr 3
Sunday, April 3 -- Snowshoe. "Eager for East Montpelier" 50/50 # 15. Snowshoe on East Montpelier Trail. Easy/Moderate. Easy option goes from Dodge Rd. to Haggett Rd. Moderate option is round trip. Car shuttle.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Apr 9
Saturday, April 9 -- Snowshoe. "Butler and Beyond" 50/50 # 16. To Butler Lodge. 5+/- hours. Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Apr 10
Sunday, April 10 -- Road Walk. Berlin Pond. 5 miles. Easy.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Tue Apr 12
Tuesday, April 12 -- "Mystery Outing". 50/50 #17. Join leader in her 50th birthday celebration.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Thur Apr 14
Thursday, April 14 -- Work Party. Montpelier park system. Spend a day in the parks we enjoy year-round, helping park staff improve trails for summer use. All abilities. Wear work clothes and gloves. Bring lunch and water. Tools provided.     Leader: Reidun Nuquist in advance for planning purposes.
Sat Apr 16
Saturday, April 16 -- Canoe/Kayak. "Sojourn at Shelburne" 50/50 #18. Shelburne Pond is best paddled in the early season and it's well worth the drive. See black-crowned night herons, muskrats, and other species. 3 hours on the water. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Apr 17
Sunday, April 17 -- Bike Ride. Lake Carmi. Circle the lake through rolling hills, starting in North Sheldon. 18.3 miles. Moderate. Bring water and lunch. Helmet required.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist
Sun Apr 17
Sunday, April 17 -- Road Walk. "Wander in Washington" 50/50 #19. 4+/- hours. Some Class 4 roads. Moderate. Be prepared for wet sections.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Apr 23
Saturday, April 23 -- Bike Ride. "Wheeling to Warren" 50/50 #20. 50 miles round trip. Difficult. Rolling terrain. Helmet required. Bring or buy lunch.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Apr 30
Saturday, April 30 -- Work Hike. Bamforth Ridge/ Long Trail. All abilities. Bring work gloves and work clothes, lunch and water. 3-4 mile round trip.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sun May 1
Sunday, May 1 -- Canoe/Kayak. "Navigating in North Montpelier" 50/50 #21. Paddle on North Montpelier Pond. Easy/Moderate. Explore the maze of channels that permits passage early in the season.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Thur May 5
Thursday, May 5 -- "Mystery Outing". 50/50 #22. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Mystery Evening Outing. Leader's choice to celebrate spring conditions with a Mexican flair.     Leader: Nancy Schulz the evening before for details.
Fri May 6
Friday, May 6 -- Bamforth Ridge Work Hike (not in Trail Talk)     Leader: Bill Clark and Duncan Wilkie
Sat May 7
Saturday, May 7 -- Work Hike. Smugglers' Notch (Elephant's Head Trail & Long Trail). 2-4 miles. All abilities. Bring work gloves and work clothes, lunch and water.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Thur May 12
Thursday, May 12 -- Wildflower Walk. Evening walk in Hubbard Park. 2 miles. Easy.     Leader: Thomas Weiss
Sat May 14
Saturday, May 14 -- Bike Ride. "Bike for Brunch". Cycle to the Red Kettle restaurant in Northfield, and return. 26 miles. Moderate. Helmet required. Restaurant has breakfast, lunch and vegetarian options.     Leader: Jill Aspinall and Rick Molz
Sun May 15
Sunday, May 15 -- Canoe/Kayak. Lamoille River from Johnson to Jeffersonville, 10 miles. Moderate. Class one white water trip. Great variety of views of farms, mountains, and river. Many sandbars for rest, lunch and relaxation. High water will move trip downstream. Participants will be screened.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Thur May 19
Thursday, May 19 -- Hike. "Stowe Pinnacle Stomp" Take an early evening hike to this prominent spur on the side of Hogback Mountain in the Worcester Range. Views of Mt. Mansfield and Stowe Valley. 2.8 miles round trip. Moderate.     Leader: Sylvia Plumb
Sat May 21
Saturday, May 21 -- Canoe/Kayak. 50th Heritage Outing. Black River (northern). Revisit a historic Montpelier Section canoe trip. This event has not been on the schedule for years. As far as possible, we shall use historic put-in and take-out. Moderate. Expect flat water and perhaps blow-downs to a little white water. Participants will be screened.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Sun May 22
Sunday, May 22 -- Bike Ride. "Boogie to Brookfield" 50/50 #23. Pedal to the Floating Bridge for lunch. Approximately 45 miles round trip. Difficult. Hills and a stretch of dirt road. Helmet required.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun May 22
Sunday, May 22 -- Hike. Peacham Bog Loop. Walk to this unique 125-acre peat bog in Groton State Forest. 6+ miles. Easy.     Leader: Sylvia Plumb
Sun May 22
Sunday, May 22 -- Sterling Pond Shelter Work Hike     Leader: Bill Clark and Duncan Wilkie
Thur May 26
Thursday, May 26 -- Canoe/Kayak for beginners. Wrightsville Dam, Middlesex. PFD required. Bring bathing suits. Easy.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Sat May 28
Saturday, May 28 -- Canoe/Kayak. "Roaming the Reservoir" 50/50 #24. Paddle Green River Reservoir and enjoy the absence of motorboats. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
May 28
May 28-29 -- Sunday - Work Hikes. Assist Montreal-based volunteers with work on the Long Trail near Tillotson Camp and Hazen's Notch. All levels.     Leader: Maureen Robertson
Sun May 29
Sunday, May 29 -- Bike Ride. "Sally to the South" 50/50 #25. Sharon and South Strafford from South Royalton. 29 mile loop. Difficult. Two major climbs and stop at a waterfall. Bring lunch or money for lunch.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Mon May 30
Monday, May 30 -- Hike. Spruce Mountain, Plainfield. Enjoy good views from the fire tower at the summit. 4.5 mile round trip. Moderate. This is a good family outing. Bring lunch or a snack to enjoy at the top.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Trail Talk number 75 Summer 2005
Thur Jun 2
Thursday, June 2 -- Bike Ride and Clinic on "Safe cycling." Montpelier. Tips on how to maximize your safety when bicycling. Easy bike ride follows.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Jun 4
June 4-5 -- Backpack. Rutland area. Division 5 of LT. Rte. 140 to Rte. 4. Saturday, 13.1 miles. Sunday, 10.6 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sat Jun 4
Saturday, June 4 -- Hike. West Haven. 7+ miles of trails within the Buckner Preserve. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Jun 4
Saturday, June 4 -- Bike Ride. Alburg. Shore Road, cross the bridge onto Isle LaMotte, and visit St. Anne's Shrine. Easy. 22.8 miles. Bring lunch or buy at Isle LaMotte Country Store.     Leader: Richard Hoffman
Sat Jun 4
Saturday, June 4 -- Work Hike. National Trails Day. Lemington. Mt. Monadnock. Join the Northeast Kingdom Section. 5 miles. Moderate. Carry wood up mountain for steps and work on towers. .     Leader: Kevin Williamson
Sun Jun 5
Sunday, June 5 -- Hike. Camel's Hump. LT/Bamforth to Summit, return on Monroe to Couching Lion Trails. 9+/- miles. Difficult.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sun Jun 5
Sunday, June 5 -- Paddle. Shoreham. Watch wildlife and explore the Richville Pond shoreline. Moderate. Bring binoculars. PFD required.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Tue Jun 7
Tuesday, June 7 -- Bike Ride. Montpelier to Waterbury via Stevens Brook Road. Return on Rte. 2. 26 miles. Moderate. Bring or option to buy lunch at Snack Bar in Waterbury.     Leader: Mary Slater or Mary Garcia
Thur Jun 9
Thursday, June 9 -- Back Roads Bike Ride. Montpelier area. For hill lovers only. 15+/- horizontal miles with plenty of vertical. Difficult.     Leader: Jill Aspinall
Jun 11
June 11-12 -- GMC Annual Meeting. Smugglers' Notch.
Sun Jun 12
Sunday, June 12 -- Hike. Middlebury Gap. Division 7 and 8 of LT (part of each). Rte. 125 to Lincoln Gap Road. 17.3 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sun Jun 12
Sunday, June 12 -- Paddle. Waterbury Reservoir. 3 miles. Easy. Bring lunch and bathing suit. PFD required.     Leader: Carol Thompson
Thur Jun 16
Thursday, June 16 -- Bike Ride and Clinic on "Comfortable Cycling." Montpelier. Tips on how to stay comfortable in the saddle. Easy bike ride follows.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Jun 18
Saturday, June 18 -- Hike. Hurricane Mtn., Adirondacks. 5 miles. Moderate. Driving time 21/2 hrs. one way. 30+/- miles beyond the Crown Point Bridge.     Leader: Marilyn Wilson
Sun Jun 19
Sunday, June 19 -- Paddle. Greensboro. Caspian Lake to Highland Lodge beach for swim and brunch on the deck. PFD required.     Leader: Joan Heller
Sun Jun 19
Sunday, June 19 -- Hike. Plainfield. Spruce Mtn. 5 miles. Easy/Moderate. Good for families.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sun Jun 19
Sunday, June 19 -- Hike. Worcester. Traverse from Worcester Mtn. to Mt. Hunger. 12.5+/- miles. Over 4,000' elevation gain. Difficult. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Mon Jun 20
Monday, June 20 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from September 1-November 30. You may bring a dessert to share.
Tue Jun 21
Tuesday, June 21 -- Evening Hike & Picnic. Middlesex. Rain Cancels. Summer Solstice. Sunset on top of Mt. Hunger, hike down to the full moon. 4.4 miles. Moderate. Bring picnic. Snacks to share. Headlamp optional.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Thur Jun 23
Thursday, June 23 -- Paddle. No. Montpelier Pond. Easy. Explore the pond and marsh area. Paddle to Max Grey bridge, picnic stop, and return. PFD required.     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Jun 25
Saturday, June 25 -- Kayak. Moretown. Winooski River from the dam on Rte. 100B, through Junk Yard Rapids, ending at Waterbury Recreation Field. 8 miles. Moderate. PFD required. Picnic lunch stop along the way. Limit: 8 participants. Helmet and spray-skirt recommended.     Leader: Carol Thompson
Sat Jun 25
Saturday, June 25 -- Hike. Fayston. Hedgehog Brook Trail to Couching Lion. Ascend the Hedgehog Brook Trail to LT, cross Brunt Rock Mtn, Mt. Ira Allen, and Mt. Ethan Allen. LT to Montclair Glen Lodge, descend the Dean and Monroe Trails. 9 miles. Difficult. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sat Jun 25
Saturday, June 25 -- "White Mountain, NH. 48-4,000' series" "Twin Peaks" Summit Mt. Jefferson and Adams via Castle Trail-Edmunds Col to Gulfside, Israel Ridge, and Castle Trails. 12.6 miles. 9+ hrs. on trail. VERY Difficult, EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY.     Leader: Paul DeLuca or Ed Loewenton
Sun Jun 26
Sunday, June 26 -- Second Poetry Hike. Warren. Lincoln Gap to Battell Shelter on LT. 3.6 miles round trip. Easy. 800' elevation gain. Bring a nature-inspired poem, your own or someone else's to share at the shelter. Bring lunch.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Thur Jun 30
Thursday, June 30 -- Hike. Montpelier. North Branch River Park. 5 miles. Easy.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Jul 2
Saturday, July 2 -- Bike Ride. Huntington. Various roads. 30-40 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Jul 2
Saturday, July 2 -- Hike. Pomfret. AT. Rte. 12 to lookout. 12+/- miles. Difficult.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sun Jul 3
Sunday, July 3 -- Montpelier Parade. 2 miles. Celebrate our 50th anniversary by walking in Montpelier's July 3rd parade. 5:00 P.M.     Leader: Thomas Weiss
Mon Jul 4
Monday, July 4 -- Paddle. Addison. "Eagle Express" Celebrate our national symbol by paddling at Dead Creek and viewing baby bald eagles in their hacking box. Expect windy conditions. Bring binoculars. PFD required. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Thur Jul 7
Thursday, July 7 -- Bike Ride and Clinic on "Tire Changing." Montpelier. Instruction on how to change a bicycle tire. Bring basic tools (if you have them). Easy bike ride follows.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Jul 9
July 9-10 -- Load-in materials to Sterling Pond Shelter. Stowe. Wear work clothes and gloves.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sun Jul 10
Sunday, July 10 -- Hike and Paddle. Peacham. "From Peak to Pond" Hike Devil's Hill. Easy. Paddle Martin's Pond.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jul 10
Sunday, July 10 -- Hike. Warren. Division 8 of LT (partial). Lincoln Gap Road to Rte. 17 at Appalachian Gap. 11.6 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Tue Jul 12
Tuesday, July 12 -- Executive Committee Meeting.
Thur Jul 14
Thursday, July 14 -- Hike. Worcester Mtn. 4.4 miles. Moderate. Bring food and headlamp.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Sat Jul 16
Saturday, July 16 -- Hike "White Mtn. 48-4,000' series" Mt. Washington, Summit via Huntington Ravine Trail. Descend via Tuckerman Ravine Trail. 8.4 miles. 6,288'. 8 Hours. EXTREMELY Difficult, EXPOSED LEDGES, ACCOMPLISHED HIKERS ONLY.     Leader: Paul DeLuca, or Ed Loewenton
Sun Jul 17
Sunday, July 17 -- Hike. Duxbury. Couching Lion to River Road. Ascend Monroe Trail to Hut Clearing, then head north on the LT past Bamforth Ridge Shelter, down to River Road. Optional ascent of Camel's Hump from Hut Clearing. 7 miles. Moderate to Difficult. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Thur Jul 21
Thursday, July 21 -- Evening Bike Ride. Loop from Montpelier through Maple Corners. Rolling hills, paved roads except for 2.5 miles. 23 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Rick Molz
Sat Jul 23
Saturday, July 23 -- Bike Ride. Challenging hilly ride through Chelsea and Orange. 50 miles. Difficult.     Leader: Jill Aspinall or Rick Molz
Jul 23
July 23-24 -- Backpack. Waitsfield. Division 8 and 9 of LT (part of each). Rte. 17 to Rte. 2. Saturday, 10.6 miles. Sunday, 11.3 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sun Jul 24
Sunday, July 24 -- Hike. Middlesex Trail to Hunger Mtn., return via White Rocks Mtn. 5.3 miles round trip. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Sylvia Plumb
Tue Jul 26
Tuesday, July 26 -- Hike. Eden. LT south from Frank Post Trail to Tillotson Camp, and south to Rte. 118. 7.5 miles round trip. Moderate. Car shuttle required.     Leader: Angie Garand
Thur Jul 28
Thursday, July 28 -- Walk around Berlin Pond. Easy. 5 miles.     Leader: Mary Garcia
Sat Jul 30
Saturday, July 30 -- Hike, Canoe, and Picnic. Marshfield. Groton State Park, Osmore Pond Shelter. Easy. Picnic at 5:00 P.M. Grill available. Bring your own entree, and salad or dessert to share. Entrance Fee or use Green Mtn. Passport.     Leader: Doris Washburn
Sun Jul 31
Sunday, July 31 -- Eden. "Nosh on Norris, Brunch on Babcock" 3.6 miles, round trip to summit of Mt. Norris, followed by optional 3.5 mile Babcock/LT circuit. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Jul 31
Sunday, July 31 -- 8th Annual Hike. Mansfield Rock circuit. Hellbrook Trail to Summit, Subway and Canyon Trails to visitor center. Cliff Trail to Summit, down on Hellbrook. 9+/- hrs. VERY Difficult. Rock scrambling. Hard workout.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sun Jul 31
Sunday, July 31 -- Hike. Woodstock, NH. Hike to Galehead Hut and mountain. Optional extension to Mt. Garfield. Weather permitting. 10+/- miles. Difficult. Full day hike.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Aug 2
August 2-5 -- Canoe/Kayak Camping. Jackman, ME. Paddle Moose River from Holeb Pond. 30+/- miles. Moderate. Flat water. Short portages around falls and rapids. PFD required. EXPERIENCED PADDLERS ONLY.     Leader: Fred Jordan or Steve Lightholder
Thur Aug 4
Thursday, August 4 -- Bike Ride and Clinic on "Simple Solutions to Common Problems." Montpelier. Tips on diagnosing and fixing common bicycle problems. Easy bike ride follows.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Aug 6
August 6-7 -- 1st weekend, Sterling Pond Shelter construction and related trail work. Wear work clothes and gloves.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Thur Aug 11
Thursday, August 11 -- Evening Walk. Waitsfield. "Mosey along the Mad River." Flat stroll on the Mad River Greenway. 6 miles round trip. Easy. Relaxed pace.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Aug 13
August 13-14 -- 2nd weekend, Sterling Pond Shelter construction. Wear work clothes and gloves.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Tue Aug 16
Tuesday, August 16 -- Flatwater Paddle. St. Albans. Kill Kare State Park to and around Woods and Burton Islands, Lake Champlain. 10 miles. Difficult (wide open lake). Bring lunch and swimsuit. PFD required.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Thur Aug 18
Thursday, August 18 -- Evening Hike. Northfield. Paine Mtn. 3 hrs. Moderate. Bring headlamp or flashlight.     Leader: Lexi Shear
Aug 20
August 20-21 -- Backup weekend, Sterling Pond Shelter construction. Site clean-up, and load-out. Wear work clothes and gloves.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sat Aug 20
Saturday, August 20 -- Blueberry Hike. Worcester Range. Leader's choice depending on where the blueberries are. 6 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Ann Burcroff
Sun Aug 21
Sunday, August 21 -- Hike. Waterville. LT South from Codling Road to the Lamoille River bridge on Rte. 15. 7 miles. Moderate. Car shuttle required. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Angie Garand
Sun Aug 21
Sunday, August 21 -- "White Mtn. 48-4,000' series" Summit Mt. Madison via Great Gulf Trail to Osgood Trail. Descent via Parapet to Madison Gulf Trail to Osgood Cutoff, a loop. 101/2 miles, 5,367'. 8+ hrs. on trail. VERY Difficult. EXPOSED LEDGES. EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Thur Aug 25
Thursday, August 25 -- Bike Ride. Montpelier vicinity. 20-25 miles. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Lexi Shear
Aug 27
August 27-28 -- Jonesville. Backpack. Division 9 and 10 of LT (part of each). Rte. 2 to Rte. 108. Saturday, 11.5 miles, Sunday, 11.9 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sat Aug 27
Saturday, August 27 -- Hike. Killington Peak from U.S. Rte. 4, then follow Sherburne Pass Trail to Deer Leap Mtn., then return to U.S. Rte. 4. 13 miles. Difficult. Dress for the weather.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sat Aug 27
Saturday, August 27 -- "White Mtn. 48-4,000' series" "Bag 2" Franconia Ridge. Summit Mt. Lafayette via Old Bridle path, to Greenleaf Hut and Trail. Franconia Ridge Trail to Mt. Lincoln. Descent via Little Haystack Mtn. and Falling Waters Trail. 8.9 miles. 2-5,000 footers. 71/2 hrs. on trail. Difficult. EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Aug 28
Sunday, August 28 -- Flatwater Paddle. Little Otter Creek, Ferrisburg. 5+/- miles. Easy. Area good for bird watching and observing aquatic vegetation. No landing opportunities on shore. PFD required. After paddle, swim possible in Kingsland Bay State Park. (Fee required)     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist
Sun Aug 28
Sunday, August 28 -- Hike. Eden. Belvidere Mtn. from Eden Crossing. Walk up the LT: climb the fire tower on Belvidere and return. 5.6 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Trail Talk number 76 Fall 2005
Thur Sep 1
Thursday, September 1 -- Evening Hike. Elmore Mtn. Hike to chimney and option to tower. 3-3.5 miles. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Sep 3
Saturday, September 3 -- Corn Roast. Brookfield. Allis State Park. Hike nature trail, climb tower, bike dirt roads, canoe/kayak or swim in nearby Baker Pond or Sunset Lake. Call on food to bring. (19 miles south on Rte. 12 to Rte. 65.) Roasted corn and grill provided. Please bring a dish to share.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie or Thomas Weiss
Sun Sep 4
Sunday, September 4 -- Hike. "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' series." Peaks 7 and 8. "Twin Peaks" Summit North Twin via North Twin Trail. North Twin Spur to South Twin Summit. 11.2 miles. 8+ hrs. on trail. Difficult. Involves 3 stream crossings or possible bushwhacking if high water. EXPERIENCED HIKES ONLY.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Sep 4
Sunday, September 4 -- Hike. Barre. 50/50 #38. Trail system at Millstone Hill. 10 +/- miles. Moderate. Owner Pierre Couture will guide group and provide historical narration for part of route.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Thur Sep 8
Thursday, September 8 -- Evening Hike. Stowe Pinnacle Stomp. 2.8 miles. Moderate. Take an early evening hike to this prominent spur on the side of Hogback Mtn. in the Worcester Range. Views of Mt. Mansfield and Stowe Valley.     Leader: Sylvia Plumb
Sat Sep 10
Saturday, September 10 -- Hike. Stowe. Division 10 of LT (partial). Rte. 108 to Rte. 15. 14.8 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sat Sep 10
Saturday, September 10 -- Hike. Keene Valley, NY. Hurricane Mtn., Adirondacks. 5 miles. Moderate. Driving time: 21/2 hrs. one way.     Leader: Marilyn Wilson
Sun Sep 11
Sunday, September 11 -- Hike. "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' series." Peak 9. Summit Mt. Waumbek via Star King Trail. 7.6 miles. 5+ hrs. on trail. Moderate.Potential sponsoring of this peak as part of the "The Flags on the 48", an annual commemoration of September 11th by placing a flag atop each 4,000 footers in the White Mtns.     Leader: Michael Chernick or Paul DeLuca
Sun Sep 11
Sunday, September 11 -- Intro. to Hiking. Montpelier. 50/50 #39. Presentation on "What to Bring on a Day Hike" followed by a hike. Easy. All welcome.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Thur Sep 15
Thursday, September 15 -- Evening Walk. Websterville. 3 miles. Easy. Explore the trails that Millstone Hill Touring Center has established through the old quarries. History will be shared. $6.00 Trail Fee.     Leader: George Plumb
Sep 17
September 17-18 -- Backpack. Johnson. Division 11 of LT (partial). Rte. 15 - Rte. 118. Saturday, 11.7 miles; Sunday, 9.6 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sat Sep 17
Saturday, September 17 -- GMC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. See LTN for details.
Sat Sep 17
Saturday, September 17 -- Bike Ride. Plainfield. 18+/- miles. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Priscilla Daggett
Sun Sep 18
Sunday, September 18 -- Hike. Westfield. Jay Peak from VT Rte. 242. 4 miles. Difficult. Vertical rise of 1,680 ft. 3+/- miles on trail. Carry lunch to eat on top.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sun Sep 18
Sunday, September 18 -- Intro. to Hiking. Montpelier. 50/50 #40. Presentation on "Hiking Safety and Conditioning" followed by a hike. Easy. All welcome.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Mon Sep 19
Monday, September 19 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from December 1 - February 28. You may bring a dessert to share.
Thur Sep 22
Thursday, September 22 -- Evening Hike. Stowe. Weissner Woods. Easy.     Leader: Bill Clark
Sat Sep 24
Saturday, September 24 -- "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' series." Peaks 10 and 11. Mt. Eisenhower and Monroe. Car spot needed. Ascend Edmands path to Eisenhower Summit. Crawford Path to Monroe Summit. 8.8 miles. 7+ hrs. on trail. Difficult and EXPOSED.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sat Sep 24
Saturday, September 24 -- Bike loop. So. Royalton. 50/50 #41. Rumba in Royalton. 29 miles with some long hills. Difficult. Visit to waterfall and free rumba lesson in Royalton for all interested participants.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Sep 25
Sunday, September 25 -- Stowe. Smugglers' Notch. DEDICATION OF NEW STERLING POND SHELTER. Short dedication at parking lot at 1:00 P.M. for people not wanting to climb to shelter. 2:30 P.M. dedication at shelter. All are welcome. 3 miles. Moderate. Bring your camera.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie or Bill Clark
Thur Sep 29
Thursday, September 29 -- Evening Walk. Montpelier. Hubbard Park. 3 miles. Easy. Bring headlamp or flashlight.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Oct 1
October 1-3 -- Backpack. Eden. Division 11 (partial) and 12 of LT. Rte. 118 to Journey's End parking lot. Saturday, 11.6 miles; Sunday, 12.8 miles; Monday, 4.4 miles. Difficult. Limit: 8 people.     Leader: Deb Kirchwey
Sat Oct 1
Saturday, October 1 -- Walk. Fayston. 50/50 #42. Fox Trot in Fayston. Hilly, 5 hr. loop. Moderate/Difficult. Admire fall foliage while striding along dirt and Class 4 roads. Free fox trot lesson for all interested participants.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Oct 2
Sunday, October 2 -- Hike. Moscow. Cottonbrook. 4 miles. Easy. Good for families. Enjoy the foliage. Bring camera.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sun Oct 2
Sunday, October 2 -- Paddle. Greensboro. Caspian Lake. Easy. PFD required. Enjoy the foliage.     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Oct 8
Saturday, October 8 -- "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' series." Peaks 12 and 13 (Flume and Liberty) Liberty Springs Trail and the infamous Flume Slide Trail to Mt. Flume Summit. Franconia Ridge Trail to Liberty Summit. 9.9 miles. 8+ hrs. on trail. VERY Difficult. Involves handholds and rock scrambling. EXPERIENCED HIKES ONLY.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Oct 9
Sunday, October 9 -- Hike. Stowe. 50/50 #43. Tango at Trapp's. Admire the fall foliage at Trapp Family Lodge. Various distances. Moderate. Free tango lesson for all interested participants.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Oct 9
Sunday, October 9 -- Pot Luck Supper and Ski Information Evening. Montpelier. Share information on cross-country skiing.     Leader: Jill Aspinall
Mon Oct 10
Monday, October 10 -- Paddle. Hyde Park. Green River Reservoir. 6+/- miles. Moderate. PFD required, and bring bathing suit if weather has remained warm. Limited number of boats. Reservations in order received.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist
Wed Oct 12
Wednesday, October 12 -- Executive Committee Meeting. All members are welcome. You may bring a dessert to share.
Sat Oct 15
Saturday, October 15 -- Hike. Hancock. Texas Falls Nature and Robert Frost Interpretive Trails. Trails are a few miles apart on Rte. 125. 3 miles. Easy.     Leader: Kay Gibson
Sun Oct 16
Sunday, October 16 -- Hike. Lincoln. Mt. Abraham from Lincoln Gap. 4 miles round trip. Moderate. Vertical rise about 1,000 ft. 4 hrs. on trail. Carry lunch to eat on top.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sun Oct 16
Sunday, October 16 -- Hike. Stevensville/Underhill Center. Frost, Maple Ridge, Forehead, LT, Butler, Rock Garden, and back Maple Ridge to Frost trail. 6+/- miles. 6-7 hours. Difficult.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sun Oct 16
Sunday, October 16 -- Hike. Middlesex. 50/50 #44. Waltzing at White Rocks. Moderate. Free waltz lesson at White Rocks for all interested participants.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Oct 22
Saturday, October 22 -- Walk. Peacham Bog to Groton State Forest. 50/50 #45. Polka at Peacham. Various trails. Easy. Free polka lesson for all interested participants.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Oct 22
Saturday, October 22 -- "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' series." Peaks 13 and 14. (East Osceola and Osceola) Greeley Ponds Trail to Osceola Trail to both summits. 7.6 miles. 7+ hrs. on trail. Difficult.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Oct 23
Sunday, October 23 -- History Hike. Killington. Sherburne Pass. Optional length. Moderate. Hike/bushwhack with Long Trail Lodge historian David Wright to locate the GMC Club House which burned in 1968, surrounding buildings, Nature Trail, and Adirondack Lookout. After lunch, hikers may climb Deer Leap if they wish.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist
Sat Oct 29
Saturday, October 29 -- Work Hike. Stowe. Smugglers' Notch. 6 miles. Fall maintenance on Elephants Head Trail and LT. All volunteers and abilities accepted. Bring work gloves. Tools will be supplied.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sun Oct 30
Sunday, October 30 -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. 50/50 #46. Cemetery Circuit. Halloween ride to area cemeteries. 30 +/- miles. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Oct 30
Sunday, October 30 -- Hike. Jay. LT from Rte. 105 to Canadian border and Journey's End. 6 miles. Moderate.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sun Oct 30
Sunday, October 30 -- Hike. Elmore Mtn. Hike to chimney, option to tower. Good for families. 3-3.5 miles. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Ed Loewenton
Sat Nov 5
Saturday, November 5 -- Work Hike. Richmond. Bamforth Ridge. 4 miles. For a few hours, morning or all day. All volunteers and abilities accepted. Bring work gloves. Tools will be supplied.     Leader: Duncan Wilkie
Sun Nov 6
Sunday, November 6 -- Hike or Road Walk. Leader's choice on location based on conditions. Easy.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Fri Nov 11
Friday, November 11 -- Mystery Hike. 50/50 #47.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Nov 12
Saturday, November 12 -- "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' series." Peak 15 (Moosilauke) Ascent Gorge Brook Trail. Loop down Carriage Road to Snapper Trail. 7.5 miles. 6+ hrs. on trail. Moderate. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sat Nov 12
Saturday, November 12 -- Dirt Road Walk. 50/50 #48. Mambo in Mud City. 9 miles with hills. Moderate. Free mambo lesson to all interested participants. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Nov 13
Sunday, November 13 -- Walk. Warren or Stowe. If no snow accumulation, a woods 6 mile walk in Stowe, if snow cover, a road 7.5 walk in Warren. Moderate. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist
Fri Nov 18
Friday, November 18 -- Potluck slide show with potluck dessert. Host: Jill Aspinall and Rick Molz
Sat Nov 19
Saturday, November 19 -- Mystery Walk. Upper Valley of the CT River. 50/50 #49. Viennese in the Valley. 10+/- miles. Moderate. Free Viennese waltz lesson to all interested participants. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sun Nov 20
Sunday, November 20 -- Walk. Burlington Bike Path from boat house to Colchester bridge and return. 10 miles. Easy.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Fri Nov 25
Friday, November 25 -- Road Walk. Stowe. Walk to Sterling Falls Gorge. 50/50 #50. 9+/- miles. Swing at Sterling Falls. Moderate. Free swing lesson to all interested participants. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Sat Nov 26
Saturday, November 26 -- Hike or Snowshoe. Stowe/Waterbury area. Come burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories. Easy/Moderate. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Bill Clark
Sun Nov 27
Sunday, November 27 -- Road Walk. Chelsea. 50/50 #51. Cha-Cha in Chelsea. 6 mile circuit. Moderate. Free cha-cha lesson to all interested participants. WEAR RED or ORANGE.     Leader: Nancy Schulz
Trail Talk number 77 Winter 2005 - 2006
Sat Dec 3
Saturday, December 3 -- Snowshoe. "White Mtn., NH. 48-4,000' Series." Summit Mt. Pierce via Crawford Path. 6.4 miles. 5+ hrs. on trail. Moderate/Difficult.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Dec 4
Sunday, December 4 -- Hike or Snowshoe. East Montpelier. Newest section of the East Montpelier Trail, past Mallory Brook. Easy. WEAR RED OR ORANGE.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sat Dec 10
Saturday, December 10 -- Cross-country Ski/Snowshoe or Hike. Johnson. LAST OF THE SECTION'S MONTHLY 50TH ANNIVERSARY HERITAGE OUTINGS. Holiday party at Corliss Camp on LT. Optional overnight. 3 miles. Easy/Moderate. WEAR RED OR ORANGE. Bring snack or sweet to share; also small gift (up to $2.00) to exchange.     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sun Dec 11
Sunday, December 11 -- Snowshoe/Hike. Pomfret/Barnard. The AT from Rte. 12 to Winturri Shelter. 8 miles. Moderate/Difficult with moderate elevation changes throughout the hike. WEAR RED OR ORANGE. Bring lunch and warm beverage.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Mon Dec 12
Monday, December 12 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from March 1 - May 31, 2006.
Sat Dec 17
Saturday, December 17 -- Snowshoe. Duxbury. Hike the LT to Bamforth Ridge Shelter. 5.4 miles. Difficult.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sat Dec 31
Saturday, December 31 -- Hike. Montpelier. "Park to Park" loop. 50/50 #52 (the final one!) 3 hrs. on trail in Hubbard and North Branch Parks. Moderate.     Leader: Nancy Schulz

Montpelier Section reports in the 2006 Long Trail News

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