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Events and reports for 2008
Montpelier Section reports in the 2008 Long Trail News
Sat Jan 5
Saturday, January 5 -- Snowshoe. Stowe. Difficult. 5.4 miles, 6-7 hours. (Vermont Winter 4K Series). Mt. Mansfield to Summit (Chin) on LT from Rte. 109 trailhead. Full winter gear (crampons, ice axe, snowshoes) required.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Jan 6
Sunday, January 6 -- Cross-country Ski. East Montpelier Trails. Moderate. 6 miles. Car spotting required.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Wed Jan 9
Wednesday, January 9 -- Executive Committee Meeting. Montpelier. All members are welcome. You may bring a dessert to share. Home of Ken Hertz.
Sat Jan 12
Saturday, January 12 -- Cross-country Ski. Bolton. All abilities. Various distances. Bolton Ski Touring Center. Trail Fee. Bring lunch.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Slater
Sat Jan 19
Saturday, January 19 -- Snowshoe. Killington. Difficult. 7.2 miles. (Vermont Winter 4K Series). 2,500' elevation gain. Bucklin Trail to Long Trail to Killington Spur to the Summit.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Jan 20
Sunday, January 20 -- Snowshoe. Stowe. Moderate. 6 miles. Taylor Lodge via winter cut-off trail.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Fri Jan 25
Friday, January 25 -- J. P. Taylor Series, Montpelier. Vermont College. 7:00 P.M.
Sat Jan 26
Saturday, January 26 -- Hike/Snowshoe. Duxbury. Moderate. 6 miles round trip. Some elevation gain. Monroe and Dean trails to Montclair Glen Shelter. Stop to look at the large beaver pond with a view of Camel's Hump.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sun Jan 27
Sunday, January 27 -- Cross-country Ski. Burke Mtn. All abilities. Various distances. Trail Fee. Bring lunch and hot drink.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist
Sun Jan 27
Sunday, January 27 -- Kids learn to Ski at Morse Farm     Leader: Lexi Shear
Wed Jan 30
Wednesday, January 30 -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Stowe Mountain Resort. All abilities. Various distances. Trail Fee. Bring lunch.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Slater
Sat Feb 2
Saturday, February 2 -- Cross-country Ski. Craftsbury. Craftsbury Outdoor Center. All abilities. Various distances. Trail Fee. Bring lunch.     Leader: Steve Lightholder
Sun Feb 3
Sunday, February 3 -- Snowshoe. Elmore. Easy. 3+/- miles. Elmore Mtn. trail to overlook.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Feb 9
Saturday, February 9 -- Groton Snowshoe     Leader: Matt Krebs
Sun Feb 10
Sunday, February 10 -- Cross-country Ski. Greensboro. Highland Lodge Ski Touring Center. All abilities. Various distances. Trail Fee. Optional 6:00 P.M. dinner at the Lodge.     Leader: Mary and Manny Garcia
Wed Feb 13
Wednesday, February 13 -- Snowshoe and Pot Luck Supper. Woodbury. Easy/Moderate. 5 miles. Home of Sally Sairs. Please bring your own bowl, cup, and utensils. Flashlight needed after 4:30 P.M. dinner. Meet at MHS at 12:00 noon.     Leader: Sally Sairs
Sat Feb 16
Saturday, February 16 -- Cross-country Ski/Snowshoe. Morristown. Chili Party at Beaver Meadow Lodge. Moderate. 5 miles. Please bring your own bowl and utensils. The stove will be warm.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist, Nancy and Fred Jordan
Sat Feb 23
Saturday, February 23 -- Snowshoe. Warren. Difficult. 10.5 miles. (Vermont Winter 4K Series). Start from Lincoln Gap down Jerusalem Trail. 2,300 ft. elevation gain. 6 hrs.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Feb 24
Sunday, February 24 -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Trapp Family Lodge. All abilities. Various distances. Trail Fee. Possible lunch at the cabin.     Leader: Marilyn and Bob Wilson
Trail Talk number 86 Spring 2008
Sat Mar 1
Saturday, March 1 -- Snowshoe/Walk. Stowe. Moderate. 2 miles. Barnes Camp, where Rte. 108 (Mountain Road) is closed during the winter, and follow the highway up to Smugglers' Notch to Sterling Pond Trail. Bring lunch or snack to enjoy at the top.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sun Mar 2
Sunday, March 2 -- Cross-country Ski. East Barre. Millstone Hill Trails. Moderate. Enjoy a great brunch at LACE in Barre if you would like, or meet at the Millstone Hill Ski Touring Center. Groomed trails wind through dozens of scenic quarries. Trail Fee: $10.00.     Leader: George Plumb
Sun Mar 9
Sunday, March 9 -- Cross-country Ski. Warren. Blueberry Lake. Easy. Various distances.     Leader: Priscilla Daggett
Wed Mar 12
Wednesday, March 12 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting.
Mar 14
March 14-16 -- Snowshoe. Mt. Washington, NH. Difficult. Stay at Joe Dodge Lodge. Arrive Friday evening for a next day, weather only prevailing, attempt of Mt. Washington. Other lower summit options discussed based on the weather. Full winter gear. Crampons, ice axe a must. Cost: $114 per person, dinner and breakfast included.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Mar 16
Sunday, March 16 -- Hike. Montpelier. YAC. Climb the tower in Hubbard Park. Kids Easy.     Leader: Shawn Keeley
Thur Mar 20
Thursday, March 20 -- Snowshoe. Fayston-Mad River Glen. Moderate. 5 miles. Moonlight snowshoe up to Mad River Glen Nature Center on Moosewood snowshoe trail. Headlamps required. Meet at 7:00 P.M., Mad River Glen basebox (downstairs).     Leader: Brian Aust
Wed Mar 26
Wednesday, March 26 -- Executive Committee Meeting.
Sun Apr 6
Sunday, April 6 -- Walk. Burlington. Bike Path. Easy/Moderate.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Fri Apr 11
Friday, April 11 -- Montpelier Section Annual Meeting. Christ Church Vestry, 64 Main St., Montpelier. Social: 5:30 P.M., Pot Luck Supper: 6:00 P.M.
Sat Apr 12
Saturday, April 12 -- Snowshoe. White Mtns., NH. Difficult. 7.8 miles. 3300' elevation gain. Mt. Moosilauke. Summit via Glencliff and Carriage Roads. Must bring crampons as summit is windy and exposed.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Apr 13
Sunday, April 13 -- Mud Season Road Walk. Calais. YAC. Kids Easy.     Leader: Dave Blumenthal
Sun Apr 20
Sunday, April 20 -- Bird Watch/Birding. Berlin Pond. Easy. Spring training focus on resident and early migrant species. Binocular, field guides helpful. Meet at 7:30 A.M.     Leader: Brian Aust
Sat Apr 26
Saturday, April 26 -- Walk. Middlesex. Moderate. 6 miles. Leader's choice of route depending on conditions. Meet at 9:00 A.M.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Sun Apr 27
Sunday, April 27 -- Road Walk. Peacham. Moderate. 5.3 miles. Walk around highland Peacham, stop on historic Bayley-Hazen Military Road.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Sat May 3
Saturday, May 3 -- Bird Walk. Waterbury, Little River State Park. Easy. Spring Migrant Special. We'll park at Waterbury Dam, make our way into the park looking and listening for returning migrant songbirds. Binoculars and bird & flower field guides are a good idea. Bring bug repellant.     Leader: Brian Aust
Sun May 4
Sunday, May 4 -- Mystery Bike Ride.     Leader: Fred Jordan
Tue May 6
Tuesday, May 6 -- Trail Work. Montpelier. Our annual work day in the Montpelier parks. All abilities. Give something back to the city parks which we enjoy all year. Wear work clothes and gloves. Training and tools provided.     Leader: Reidun Nuquist with Parks Director Geoff Beyer.
Sun May 11
Sunday, May 11 -- Paddle. Waterbury Reservoir. Easy. Enjoy an afternoon paddle with the high water, fresh leaves, and arriving birds.     Leader: George Plumb
Sat May 17
Saturday, May 17 -- Work Hike. Duxbury. Bamforth Ridge. 3-4 mile round trip. All Abilities. Wear work clothes and gloves. Meet at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sun May 18
Sunday, May 18 -- Barre Town Nature Trail and Bike Path     Leader: David Rubel
Tue May 20
Tuesday, May 20 -- Bike Ride. Port Kent, NY. Moderate. 24.4 miles. Ride by apple orchards, one steep hill, ride includes Peru, NY, and view of Ausable Chasm. Park in Burlington. Take ferry to Port Kent. Helmet required.     Leader: Andrew & Reidun Nuquist
Sat May 24
Saturday, May 24 -- Work Hike. Smugglers' Notch. 2-4 mile round trip. All Abilities. Wear work clothes and gloves. Meet at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Trail Talk number 87 Summer 2008
Tue Jun 3
Tuesday, June 3 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from September 1 - November 30.
Fri Jun 6
Friday, June 6 -- Work Hike. Huntington. Volunteers needed at loading site to weigh logs and lumber for the reconstruction of Montclair Glen Shelter in preparation for the helicopter airlift. Please contact Shawn Flanigan for details and weather-related updates.
Sat Jun 7
Saturday, June 7 -- Work Hike. National Trails Day. Duxbury. Volunteers needed at loading site and drop zones. The loading site is in Huntington; the drop zones are at Montclair Glen Shelter, Bamforth Ridge Shelter, and a mile above BRS. Please contact Shawn Flanigan.
Sun Jun 8
Sunday, June 8 -- Hike. Mt. Abraham and Mt. Ellen. Difficult. 11.6 miles, 2,500' elevation gain. 7 hrs. Follow the LT from Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap. Car spotting involved.     Leader: Paul DeLuca.
Tue Jun 10
Tuesday, June 10 -- Executive Committee Meeting. Montpelier. All members are welcome.
Sat Jun 14
Saturday, June 14 -- Paddle. Peacham Pond. Moderate. PFD required.     Leader: Sara Rappaport.
Sat Jun 14
Saturday, June 14 -- Hike. Mt. Abraham. Difficult. 6 miles round trip. "Side-to-Side" trail, Div. #8. Mt. Abraham via the Battell Trail.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Fri Jun 20
Friday, June 20-22, through Sunday-Hike. White Mtns., NH. EXTREME DIFFICULTY. 19+ miles, 8,000' elevation gain. Presi Traverse. Arrive Friday, traverse Saturday, depart Sunday.     Leader: Paul DeLuca.
Sat Jun 21
Saturday, June 21 -- Hike. Benton, NH. Moderate. 7.2 miles round trip. 6 hrs. Summer Solstice up Mt. Moosilauke via the Benton Trail. Meet at 8:00, 8:30 A.M. at the Schoolhouse Common, School Street, Marshfield.     Leader: Cynthia Martin & George Longenecker.
Sat Jun 28
Saturday, June 28 -- Paddle. Hyde Park. Moderate. 5 miles. Green River Reservoir. PFD required. Bring lunch.     Leader: Joan Heller.
Sat Jul 5
Saturday, July 5 -- Hike. Chittenden. Moderate. 6 miles. "Side-to-Side" trail, Div. #6. Chittenden Brook Trail (off VT Rte. 73), descend to Sunrise Shelter for lunch, and then to VT Rte. 73. Car spotting required.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sun Jul 6
Sunday, July 6 -- Paddle. Marshfield Dam. Moderate. PFD required.     Leader: Sara Rappaport.
Sun Jul 13
Sunday, July 13 -- Paddle. Waterbury Dam. Moderate. Up to 9 miles, or less, depending on paddlers' interest. Stop for lunch and opportunity to swim. PFD required. Bring sun protection.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist.
Tue Jul 15
Tuesday, July 15 -- Hike. Groton. Easy. 4 miles. From nature center, hike to Peacham Bog and return via the Coldwater Trail. Bring bug repellent.     Leader: Priscilla Daggett.
Sat Jul 19
Saturday, July 19 -- Hike. Killington and Pico Peak. Difficult. 9.6 miles, 2,650', 6 hrs. Ascend via Sherburne Pass on Rte. 4, descend by the Bucklin Trail. Car spotting involved.     Leader: Paul DeLuca.
Sun Jul 20
Sunday, July 20 -- Hike. Plainfield. Moderate. 4.5 miles. Spruce Mtn. Good views from the fire tower at the summit. Bring lunch or a snack to enjoy at the top. This walk can be fun for the whole family.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Tue Jul 29
Tuesday, July 29 -- Hike. Groton. Easy. 3 miles. Hike around Kettle Pond.     Leader: Priscilla Page.
Sat Aug 2
Saturday, August 2 -- Hike. Mt. Dix, East Adirondacks. Difficult. 13 miles, 3,200" elevation gain. Hike from Rte. 73 for the first easy 5 miles, last 1.5 miles is challenging. Great views.     Leader: Paul DeLuca & Paul Demers.
Sun Aug 3
Sunday, August 3 -- Hike. Underhill. Difficult. 6.6 miles. Hike Mt. Mansfield on the Sunset Ridge Trail.     Leader: Charlene Bohl.
Sat Aug 9
Saturday, August 9 -- Hike. Franconia Ridge. Difficult. 8.9 miles. 7 hrs. on trail. 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.     Leader: Paul DeLuca.
Sun Aug 10
Sunday, August 10 -- Bike Ride. Barton. Moderate. 35+/- miles. Wheeler Pond Weekend. Rte. 5-5A loop counter-clockwise with swim at Crystal Lake near end of ride. Depending on weather, could be more swim than bike ride. Parking Fee.     Leader: Fred Jordan.
Sun Aug 17
Sunday, August 17 -- Bike Ride. Colchester. Easy. 10-20 miles. Colchester Causeway into So. Hero, possible stop at Snow Farm Winery. Helmet required. Bring lunch and fee for LocalMotion Ferry.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Sun Aug 24
Sunday, August 24 -- Hike. Wallingford. Moderate. 7 miles. "Side-to-Side" trail, Div. #4. Little Rock Pond via the Green Mountain Trail, return on the LT. 1.5 hr. drive from Montpelier.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Tue Aug 26
Tuesday, August 26 -- Paddle. Vergennes. Otter Creek. Moderate. 7 miles one-way. Option for longer. Downstream from Vergennes to Lake Champlain. Take out at Fort Cassin access. Option to continue onto Lake Champlain. PFD and Car spotting required.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist.
Trail Talk number 88 88 Fall 2008
Mon Sep 1
Monday, September 1 -- Hike. White Mtns., NH. Moderate. 3.6 miles one way. Mt. Waumbek via the Starr King Trail.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Sep 6
September 6-7 -- Hike. Bennington/Woodford. Difficult. 10 miles on Saturday from Rte. 9 to Goddard Shelter on LT, and 12 miles on Sunday via West Ridge Trail. "Side-to-Side" trail, Div. #2.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sun Sep 7
Sunday, September 7 -- Hike. Morristown. Moderate. 7 miles. Hike to Whiteface Shelter via the Beaver Meadow Trail.     Leader: Thomas Weiss.
Tue Sep 9
Tuesday, September 9 -- Executive Committee Meeting. Montpelier. All members are welcome.
Taylor series possible speakers
Sat Sep 13
Saturday, September 13 -- GMC Benefit Concert and Multi-Media Show. 7:00 P.M. Montpelier Unitarian Church, Main Street. Donations accepted.
Sun Sep 14
Sunday, September 14 -- Hike. Duxbury. Difficult. 7.4 miles. Camel's Hump via Monroe, Long Trail and Dean Trails.     Leader: Charlene Bohl.
Tue Sep 16
Tuesday, September 16 -- Bike Ride. Waitsfield. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Waitsfield to Warren Store, where lunch is available. Return via Rte. 100. Helmets required.     Leader: Mary Garcia.
Wed Sep 17
Wednesday, September 17 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from December 1 - February 28, 2009.
Sep 20
September 20-21 -- Hike. White Mtns., NH. Difficult. 20+/- miles. West Bond, Mount Bond and Bondcliff via Zealand Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trails and Wilderness Trails. Overnight at Guyot Campground.     Leader: Paul DeLuca.
Sun Sep 21
Sunday, September 21 -- YAC to East Montpelier Town Forest     Leader: Mike Wetherell
Sun Sep 21
Sunday, September 21 -- Hike. Groton. Moderate. 4+/- miles roundtrip. Big Deer in Groton State Park via Osmore Trail.     Leader: Cynthia Martin & George Longenecker.
Sat Sep 27
Saturday, September 27 -- GMC Board Meeting. Londonderry Fire Station. For more information or possible car-pooling, contact Montpelier Board Members: Ann Burcroff or Priscilla Daggett.
Sun Sep 28
Sunday, September 28 -- Hike. Worcester Mountain. Moderate. 5 miles.     Leader: Thomas Weiss.
Sat Oct 4
Saturday, October 4 -- Hike. Duxbury. Moderate. 6 miles. Hike to Morse Bench via the Allis Trail.     Leader: Fred Jordan.
Sun Oct 5
Sunday, October 5 -- YAC Hike Mt. Elmore     Leader: Dave Blumenthal
Sat Oct 11
Saturday, October 11 -- Work Hike. Smugglers' Notch. All abilities. 2-4 miles round trip. Wear work clothes and gloves.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Sun Oct 12
Sunday, October 12 -- Paddle. Marshfield. Moderate. 4+/- miles. Mid-day paddle and lunch on Marshfield Reservoir. PFD required.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist.
Sun Oct 19
Sunday, October 19 -- Hike. Ascutney Mountain via the Windsor Trail. Moderate. 5.4 miles.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Sat Oct 25
Saturday, October 25 -- Work Hike. Duxbury. Bamforth Ridge. All abilities. 3-4 mile round trip. Wear work clothes and gloves.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Sun Oct 26
Sunday, October 26 -- Little Deer Mountain     Leader: Shawn Keeley
Sat Nov 8
Saturday, November 8 -- Ramble in Hubbard Park     Leader: Matt Krebs
Sun Nov 9
Sunday, November 9 -- Woods Walk. Stowe. Moderate. A pre-snow hike in mid-elevation woods in Stowe. Bring lunch. Wear seasonably appropriate clothing including extra cold, wind and rain protection.     Leader: Andrew and Reidun Nuquist.
Sat Nov 15
Saturday, November 15 -- Walk. Burlington. Moderate. Opening Day of Deer Rifle Season. Meet before walk at Red Hen Bakery, Middlesex, for coffee and pastry.     Leader: Charlene Bohl.
Sun Nov 23
Sunday, November 23 -- Walk. Stowe Recreation Path. Moderate. 11 miles.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Trail Talk number 89 Winter 2008-2009
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 -- Executive Committee Meeting. Montpelier.
Sat Dec 6
Saturday, December 6 -- Hike and Road Walk. Montpelier. Moderate. 7 miles. A loop up North Branch Park and back down North Street. Meet at the Elm Street parking lot, next to Montpelier swimming pool.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Wed Dec 10
Wednesday, December 10 -- Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. Planning events from March 1 - May 31, 2009.
Sat Dec 13
Saturday, December 13 -- Hike. Groton State Forest. Easy/Moderate. 5+/- miles.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sun Dec 14
Sunday, December 14 -- Ramble in North Branch Park. Montpelier. YAC. Easy. Kids.     Leader: Lexi Shear.
Tue Dec 16
Tuesday, December 16 -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Smugglers'Notch road. Easy. 5+/- miles round trip. Event depends on snow conditions.     Leader: Fred and Nancy Jordan.
Sun Dec 21
Sunday, December 21 -- Hike/Snowshoe. Woodstock. Moderate. 7.6 miles. To Winturri Shelter.     Leader: Michael Chernick.

Montpelier Section reports in the 2009 Long Trail News

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