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Events and reports for 2014
Montpelier Section reports in the 2014 Long Trail News
Sat Jan 11
January 11, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. All abilities. Various distances. Trapp Family Lodge. Trail fee.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Sun Jan 12
January 12, Sunday -- Snowshoe. East Montpelier. Easy. 1-2 miles. Young Adventurers Club.     Leader: Lexi Shear.
Tue Jan 14
January 14, Tuesday -- Cross-country Ski. East Montpelier. All abilities. Various distances. Morse Farm Ski Touring Center has groomed trails for all abilities. Trail fee. Meet at Morse Farm.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Tue Jan 14
January 14, Tuesday -- Walk. Berlin. Easy. Walk around Berlin Pond. Easy, moderate pace. The road could be muddy; there might be some precipitation. Meet at Berlin Pond parking lot at 1:30 p.m.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Wed Jan 15
Wednesday January 15 -- Washed out ski trip - Berlin Pond walk     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Fri Jan 17
January 17, Friday -- Meeting. James P. Taylor Series. GMC Headquarters, Waterbury Center. 7:00 P.M.
Sat Jan 18
January 18, Saturday -- Meeting. GMC Board of Directors. Woodstock. All members are welcome.
Sat Jan 25
January 25, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Groton. Moderate. 5+/- miles. Snowshoe to Peacham Bog and return.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sun Feb 02
Sunday February 02 -- Craftsbury ski trip     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sat Feb 8
February 8, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Greensboro. All abilities. Various distances. Highland Lodge. Trail fee. Possibility of stopping for dinner on the way home.     Leader: Manny and Mary Garcia.
Sat Feb 8
February 8, Saturday -- Hike. Location to be determined. Easy to Moderate. 2-3 miles. Young Adventurers Club.     Leader: Lexi Shear and Mike Wetherell.
Thur Feb 13
February 13, Thursday -- Snowshoe. Montpelier. Easy. Evening exploration of local trails by moonlight. Bring headlamp if sky is not clear.     Leader: Jill Aspinall.
Sat Feb 15
February 15, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Warren. All abilities. Various distances. Ole's Cross Country Ski Center. Trail fee.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Sun Feb 16
February 16, Sunday -- Cross-country Ski. Marshfield and Cabot. All abilities. Bring lunch.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin,.
Fri Feb 21
February 21, Friday -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. All abilities. Various distances. Enjoy skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort which usually has good late-season snow cover. Trail fee.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin.
Sun Feb 23
February 23, Sunday -- Snowshoe. Duxbury. Moderate. 5 miles round trip. Snowshoe to Montclair Glen Lodge from Couching Lion parking lot. Meet at MHS.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Tue Feb 25
February 25, Tuesday -- Cross-country Ski. Hardwick. Moderate. Various distances. Afternoon ski on the Hardwick Trails at Hazen Union High School.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sat Mar 1
March 1, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Waterbury. Moderate. Little River State Park. Co-sponsored with the Catamount Trail Association. Ungroomed trails with various options. Bring water and lunch.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin.
Sun Mar 2
March 2, Sunday -- Cross-country Ski. TBA. Location and length depend on early March snow cover. Meet at MHS.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Wed Mar 5
March 5, Wednesday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Montpelier Section executive committee. Members are welcome. Contact: Reidun Nuquist.
Thur Mar 6
March 6, Thursday -- Snowshoe. Berlin. 2-3 miles. Moderate to difficult, depending on conditions. Irish Hill and Boyer State Forest area. Meet at Shaw's in Berlin.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sat Mar 8
March 8, Saturday -- YAC. TBA. Easy. Young Adventurers Club.     Leader: Lexi Shear and Mike Wetherell.
Sat Apr 5
April 5, Saturday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Annual Meeting of the Montpelier Section. Christ Episcopal Church parish hall.   The meeting packet.
Tue Apr 8
April 8, Tuesday -- Walk. Warren. Moderate. 5 miles. West Hill loop is moderately steep with fine views of the Mad River Valley. Meet behind the Dept. of Labor, next to Montpelier bike path. Bring snack and water.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Sat Apr 12
Saturday April 12 -- YAC Ramble to Grand Lookout in Barre Town Forest     Leader: Michael Wetherell
Sun Apr 13
April 13, Sunday -- Walk. East Montpelier. Easy. 6+/- miles. Walk a portion of the East Montpelier Trails. Some unpaved roads.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Sun Apr 13
April 13, Sunday -- YAC. TBA. Easy. Young Adventurers Club.     Leader: Lexi Shear or Mike Wetherell.
Sat Apr 19
April 19, Saturday -- Walk. Middlesex/Moretown. Easy. 4-6 mile history road walk along Rte. 100B to visit two former hydro electric power plant sites, and a third site still in operation. Some pictures to view of the buildings as they existed many years ago.     Leader: Manny Garcia.
Sat Apr 26
April 26, Saturday -- Walk. Berlin Pond. Easy. 5 mile road walk with possible extension to 8 miles according to group preference and     Leader: 's whim.     Leader: Kevin Ryan.
Sun Apr 27
April 27, Sunday -- Hike. Waterbury. Moderate. 5-6 miles. Little River State Park. Spring wildflower and history hike. Bring water and lunch.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin.
Tue Apr 29
April 29, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 12 miles. Ride from Montpelier to Middlesex and return. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Sat May 3
May 3, Saturday -- Hike. Moscow. Moderate. 10+/- miles. Cotton Brook loop trail.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Sun May 4
May 4, Sunday -- Walk. Stowe. Easy. 10 miles round trip. Stowe Bike Path. Paved.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Tue May 06
Tuesday May 06 -- Little River Spring Wildflower Hike     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin
Sat May 10
May 10, Saturday -- Work Hike. Duxbury. All abilities. 3-4 miles round trip. Spring walk-thru on the LT to Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Bring lunch. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Fred Jordan.
Sun May 11
May 11, Sunday -- Walk. Moscow. Easy. 4-5 hours. Cotton Brook Road. Loop with short uphill stretch. Meet at MHS.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Sun May 11
May 11, Sunday -- YAC. TBA. Easy. Young Adventurers Club.     Leader: Lexi Shear and Mike Wetherell.
Tue May 13
May 13, Tuesday -- Paddle. Marshfield. Moderate. Marshfield (Molly's Falls) Reservoir. Get your boats in the water for an early season paddle. Bring lunch and water. PFD required. Meet at Rte. 2 reservoir boat launch.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Sat May 17
May 17, Saturday -- Work Hike. Stowe. All abilities. Various distances. Smugglers' Notch. Spring walk-thru on the LT/Elephant's Head and Sterling Pond Trails. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Fred Jordan.
Sun May 18
May 18, Sunday -- Walk. Burlington. Easy. 10 miles round trip. Burlington Bike Path. From Echo Center to the Colchester municipal line across the Winooski River bridge and return.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Tue May 20
May 20, Tuesday -- Hike. Barre. Moderate. 3-4 miles. Steady pace. Circumnavigate the Barre Town Forest on Millstone Hill, peering into scenic quarry holes and climbing lookouts along the way. Meet in Barre City at 12:30.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sat May 24
May 24, Saturday -- Hike. Duxbury. Difficult. Backpack to Bamforth Ridge Shelter for overnight stay, with a hike to Camel's Hump summit the following day on the LT and then hike out. 2.7 miles to shelter; 3.7 miles to summit from shelter; round trip 12.8 miles.     Leader: John Buddington and Kathy Gohl.
Wed May 28
Wednesday May 28 -- Bike Ride - Worcester to Elmore     Leader: Mary Garcia
Sun Jun 1
Sunday, June 1 -- Hike. Stowe. Easy. 4 miles. Taylor Lodge via Lake Mansfield and Clara Bow Trails.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Wed Jun 4
Wednesday, June 4 -- Meeting. Executive Committee.
Sat Jun 7
Saturday, June 7 -- Trekker breakfast ride to Red Hen.     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sat Jun 7
Saturday, June 7 -- YAC. Warren. Difficult. 5-7 miles. Mt. Abraham.     Leader: Matt Krebs
Sun Jun 8
Sunday, June 8 -- Hike. Middlesex. Moderate. 6.1 miles. Mount Hunger and White Rock via Middlesex Trail. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Rumney School at 9:00 A.M.     Leader: Charlene Bohl
Tue Jun 10
Tuesday, June 10 -- Bike Ride. Burlington. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Burlington Bike Path. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith
Sat Jun 14
Saturday, June 14 -- Meeting. Killington. Green Mountain Club annual meeting, Mountain Meadows Lodge. June 13-14.
Sun Jun 15
Sunday, June 15 -- Hike. Lincoln. Moderate. 7.2 mi round trip. Glen Ellen Lodge via App. Gap, a recently renewed lodge on the Long Trail. After a 1300' climb to Stark's Nest, there are numerous ups and downs. Bring lunch and snacks.     Leader: John Buddington and Kathy Gohl
Sat Jun 21
Saturday, June 21 -- Paddle. Wrightsville. Easy. Paddle in the morning, have lunch, then walk the Middlesex trails along the eastern shore of the reservoir. PFD required.     Leader: Eric Seidel and Donna Russo
Sun Jun 22
Sunday, June 22 -- Hike. Mt. Hale, NH. Moderate. 6.5 +/- miles. Park at the Hale Brook Trailhead. Hike to summit via Hale Brook Trail, then Lend-a-Hand Trail for the descent with a stop at Zealand Hut. The group returns via a short descent on the AT and out on the Zealand Trail and Zealand Road to the trailhead. Bring lunch and water.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Tue Jun 24
Tuesday, June 24 -- Bike Ride. Waterbury. Moderate. 25+/- miles. Waterbury to Huntington Gorge and return. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith
Fri Jun 27
Friday June 27 -- Trekker strawberry supper ride     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sat Jun 28
Saturday, June 28 -- Hike. Adirondacks, NY. Difficult. 7-8 miles. Cascade (elev. 4,098') and Porter (elev. 4,059') Mountains in the Adirondacks. An out and back hike or a traverse, depending on the number of cars going.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein
Sun Jun 29
Sunday, June 29 -- YAC. Elmore. Moderate. 3 miles. Hike and swim at Mt. Elmore.     Leader: Shawn Keeley
Tue Jul 01
Tuesday July 01 -- Trekker ride on Burlington bike path     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Fri Jul 4
Friday, July 4 -- Hike. Elmore. Moderate. 4 miles. New loop trail. Bring lunch and water.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin
Sun Jul 6
Sunday, July 6 -- Hike. Eden. Moderate. 4-5 miles. Devil's Gulch. Long Trail and Babcock Trail, possible extension to Devil's Perch.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Tue Jul 8
Tuesday, July 8 -- Bike Ride. Bristol. Moderate. 23 miles. Bristol-Starksboro-Monkton-Bristol. Loop route in rolling terrain follows paved roads, except for short dirt stretch. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Sat Jul 12
Saturday, July 12 -- Hike. North Conway, NH. Rain Date: July 13, Sunday. Moderate to Difficult. 6 miles. 2,600' vertical rise. Mount Kearsarge, White Mtns. Panoramic views of the Whites.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sat Jul 19
Saturday, July 19 -- Hike. Warren. Moderate. 7.2 miles round trip. Mt. Abraham via the Long Trail.     Leader: Eric Seidel and Donna Russo
Tue Jul 22
Tuesday, July 22 -- Paddle. Waterbury Reservoir. Moderate. 6 miles, with longer options. Steady, but relaxed pace. Weather permitting, we will spend the day exploring the shoreline, swimming, and picnicking as the spirit moves us. Bring gear appropriate for season and weather forecast, as well as food and water. PFD required.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Wed Jul 23
Wednesday July 23 -- Trekker's Bike Ride to Adamant     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Jul 26
Saturday, July 26 -- Hike. Lincoln, NH. Rain Date: July 27, Sunday. Difficult. 10 miles. Mount Carrigain, White Mountains. Signal Ridge Trail. 4,700' peak.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Jul 27
Sunday, July 27 -- Hike. Huntington. Moderate. 7 miles. Camel's Hump loop. Forest City Trail-Dean Trail-Monroe Trail-Burrows Trail.     Leader: Ken Hertz
Sun Aug 3
Sunday, August 3 -- Hike. Avery's Gore. Moderate. 7.6 miles. Follow the historic fire warden's trail on the Gore Mountain Trail.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Tue Aug 5
Tuesday, August 5 -- Hike. Washington. Easy-Moderate. 2 hour poetry hike. On private land; crosses hayfields, through woods, high meadows with views from Killington to Mansfield. Half hour of silence. Wear hiking boots and bring at least one poem with a focus on birds. Bring lunch to eat at the midpoint. Meet at 10:30 A.M.     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Aug 16
Saturday, August 16 -- Hike. Albany, NH. Rain Date: August 17, Sunday. Moderate-Difficult. 8.4 miles. Mount Chocorua and First Sister, White Mtns., NH. Via Champney and Pitcher Falls. 2,400' vertical rise.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Sun Aug 17
Sunday, August 17 -- Bike Ride. Richford. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Round-trip pedal from eastern terminus of the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail in Richford to or past Enosburg Falls, through farmland with great views, parallel to Missisquoi River. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist
Sat Aug 23
Saturday, August 23 -- Bike Ride. Grand Isle. Moderate. Various distances. Bike the back roads of Grand Isle.     Leader: Eric Seidel and Donna Russo
Tue Aug 26
Tuesday August 26 -- Trekker paddle     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Mon Sep 1
Monday, September 1 -- Hike. Mt. Galehead, NH. Moderate. Hike to the AMC Galehead Hut and the Mt. Galehead summit via the Gale River Trail.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Tue Sep 02
Tuesday September 02 -- Trekker's Bike Ride to E. Calais     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Sep 6
Saturday, September 6 -- Information. Montpelier Farmers' Market. Easy. Our section will have a GMC information table, staffed by members, at the entrance to the market on State St. YAC will also be there. Stop by and say hello.
Sat Sep 6
Saturday, September 6 -- Hike. Franconia, NH. Difficult. Rain Date: September 7, Sunday. 8.9 miles. Summit Mt. Lafayette via Old Bridle Path, to Greenleaf Hut and Trail. Franconia Ridge Trail to Mt. Lincoln. Descend via Little Haystack Mt. and Falling Waters Trail. Summit two 5,000 footers. 7.5 hours on trail.     Leader: Paul DeLuca
Wed Sep 10
Wednesday, September 10 -- Bike Ride. Northfield. Moderate. 35+/- miles. Randolph loop. Helmet required. Bring lunch and water.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Sun Sep 14
Sunday, September 14 -- YAC. Young Adventurers Club. Easy.     Leader: Lexi Shear or Mike Wetherell.
Sat Sep 20
Saturday, September 20 -- Hike. Westmore. Moderate. 4.2 miles. Bald Mt. in the Northeast Kingdom, to viewless peak with a fire tower.     Leader: John Buddington and Kathy Gohl.
Tue Sep 23
Tuesday, September 23 -- Hike. Barre Town. Moderate. 4 miles. Millstone Hill. Ramble around the abandoned quarries and grout piles. Check out some trails not previously explored by GMC.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Wed Sep 24
Wednesday September 24 -- Trekker Bike Ride South Hero     Leader: Mary Garcia
Sun Sep 28
Sunday, September 28 -- Hike. Eden. Moderate. Hike the Long Trail from Eden Crossing and climb the 70 ft. tower on Belvidere Mountain. About 6 miles (round trip) with 2,100 ft. elevation gain.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Sat Oct 4
Saturday, October 4 -- Hike. Westmore. Moderate. 4-5 miles. 1,500 ft. elevation gain. Mt. Pisgal. Pleasant hike to a dramatic mountain vista and clifftop view of Lake Willoughby. Round trip from the south parking lot.     Leader: Christie Carter and Kevin Ryan.
Sun Oct 5
Sunday, October 5 -- Hike. Hancock and Ripton. Moderate. 7 miles. Hike through a pleasant deciduous forest with a visit to Skylight Pond; check out Silent Cliff on the way back.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Tue Oct 7
Tuesday, October 7 -- Bike Ride. Stowe. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Helmet required. Stowe through Morrisville and return on Randolph Road. Bring lunch and water or buy lunch in Morrisville.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Sat Oct 11
Saturday, October 11 -- YAC. Young Adventurers Club. Easy.     Leader: Lexi Shear or Mike Wetherell.
Sun Oct 12
Sunday, October 12 -- Hike. Plainfield. Easy. 4 miles round trip. Spruce Mountain. Great views from the fire tower. 1200 ft. elevation gain.     Leader: Ken Hertz.
Tue Oct 14
Tuesday, October 14 -- Hike. Stowe. Moderate. 5 miles. Shorter or longer options available. Our route will be mostly in the woods, sometimes in fields, often hilly, and always with easy footing. Bring lunch, water and dress for the weather. Meet at Dept. of Labor parking lot next to the Montpelier recreation path.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Wed Oct 15
Wednesday, October 15 -- Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee meeting at 6:00 and Membership meeting at 7:30.
Sat Oct 18
Saturday, October 18 -- Hike. Worcester. Moderate. 5 +/- miles. Climb to the summit of Mt. Worcester. Meet at the Worcester Town Hall at 9:00 AM.     Leader: Charlene Bohl.
Sun Oct 19
Sunday, October 19 -- Paddle. St. Albans. Moderate. 3 miles to 10-12 miles, depending on weather. St Albans Bay, and, if the weather is good, we'll go out to Burton or Woods Island.     Leader: Eric Seidel.
Sat Oct 25
Saturday, October 25 -- Work Hike. Stowe. All abilities. Various distances. Smugglers' Notch. Fall walk-thru on the LT/Elephant's Head and Sterling Pond Trails. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Fred Jordan.
Tue Oct 28
Tuesday October 28 -- Trekker hike in Little River State Park     Leader: Reidun Nuquist
Sat Nov 1
Saturday, November 1 -- Work Hike. Duxbury. All abilities. 3-4 miles round trip. Fall walk-thru on the LT/ to Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Bring lunch. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Fred Jordan.
Sun Nov 2
Sunday, November 2 -- Walk. Burlington. Easy but with a steady pace. 4 miles. Ramble through the Intervale and Ethan Allen Park.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Sun Nov 9
Sunday, November 9 -- YAC. Young Adventurers Club. Easy.     Leader: Lexi Shear or Mike Wetherell.
Sun Nov 9
Sunday, November 9 -- Hike. Montpelier. Moderate. 7 miles. North Branch Park. We will start from the swimming pool (off Elm St.), hike through North Branch Park to Sparrow Farm, and return via North St. to complete the loop. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the swimming pool parking lot.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Sat Nov 15
Saturday, November 15 -- Information. State of Vermont. First day of rifle deer hunting season.
Sun Nov 16
Sunday, November 16 -- Hike. Waterbury. Easy. 4 mile loop. Little River State Park. The History Trail uses the Hedgehog Brook and Dalley Loop trails. 650 ft. elevation gain.     Leader: Reidun Nuquist.
Tue Nov 18
Tuesday, November 18 -- Hike. Peacham. Moderate. 3 miles. This scenic loop includes a section of the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, Penny Road, and Penny Street. Bring lunch and water. Meet at M.H.S.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Sun Nov 23
Sunday, November 23 -- Walk. Burlington. Easy. 10 miles. Burlington bike path. Begin at the Echo Center and walk about 5 miles north to the bridge spanning the Winooski at the Colchester town line, and then return.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Sun Nov 30
Sunday, November 30 -- Information. State of Vermont. Last day of rifle deer hunting season.
Dec 3
December 3 -- Executive Committee meeting
Sun Dec 7
Sunday, December 7 -- Snowshoe. Woodstock. Moderate. 7.6 miles. Snowshoe or Hike to Winturri Shelter via the Appalachian Trail. Bring lunch and water.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Sat Dec 13
December 13, Saturday -- YAC. Easy. Young Adventurers Club.     Leader: Lexi Shear and Mike Wetherell.
Sat Dec 13
December 13, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Northfield. Moderate. 4 miles round trip. Hike Paine Mountain to its wooded summit. Dress for the weather, including microspikes.     Leader: Steve Lightholder.
Tue Dec 16
December 16, Tuesday -- Hike. Montpelier. Moderate. Ski or walk, depending on conditions, in the Montpelier-Barre area. Bring snack and water.     Leader: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist.
Sat Dec 27
December 27, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Elmore. Moderate. 4.5+/- miles. Hike or snowshoe the Mt. Elmore loop trail. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Worcester Town Hall. Weather and snow conditions may change time and location.     Leader: Kathy Gohl and John Buddington.

Montpelier Section reports in the 2015 Long Trail News

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