Author Archives: Ted

Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp Fund Launched!

Welcome to the Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp Fund. Thanks to the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry along with the Vermont Land Trust and the State of Vermont, 1,161 acres of land in the Bolton backcountry have been purchased from private property owners and added to Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Now the GMC is working with Catamount Trail Association, the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry and others to restore the two historic shelters on this porperty and create hiking trails that connect these shelters to the Long Trail in Bolton.

A committee from the above organizations are soliciting donations to help create these trails and restore these shelters by donating to the Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp fund. A donation page on the GMC website has been established to help bring this effort to completion.

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Outings for August 2014

8/2 (Sat) Camels Hump
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Outings for September 2014

9/6 (Sat) Paddle Waterbury Reservoir Continue reading

Dot Myer’s Final Hike as Trip Leader 9/7/14

9/7/2014 (Sunday) Wind Gap, Beaver Ponds, and Allis Trail
This hike gives two very different views of Camels Hump, and passes a fast flowing brook (with a good bridge), beaver ponds, and Montclair Glen Lodge. The trail starts at the Camels Hump parking lot in Huntington (with a slightly longer verson if people prefer). Moderate difficulty, slow pace, approx. 4.5 mi. Dot Myer, 863-2433 or Note: This is a noteworthy outing as it is Dot’s last formal outing as a GMC Trip Leader. Come join us in thanking her!

Summer 2014 Ridge Lines Newsletter in PDF

The Summer 2014 Ridgelines is here! Continue reading

Trip Reports May – August 2014 – with trail work photos (updated 7/6/14)

June 22, 2014
Nice paddle today up the Laplatte River almost to the falls. Continue reading

Trip Reports – January – April, 2014 (updated 5/26/14) photos galore

4/27/14 Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park Continue reading

Trip Reports for September – December 2013 (updated 1/19/14) with photos

12/8/2013 Mount Abraham via Battell Trail
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List of Past Trips for Trip Leaders (or Anyone Else) to Re-Use

Trip leaders (or anyone else.) Looking for inspiration for your next trip?

  • List of Burlington Section Trip Ideas to use to your heart’s content
  • List of day hikes near the GMC in Waterbury for more ideas
  • Of course you can also scan past issues of Ridgelines, too!
  • Interested in leading a trip? You can do it! Contact Paul.

    GMC’s Business Membership Program

    In a recent survey of the Green Mountain Club’s 10,000+ members, 83% of participants said that they would be more likely to frequent a business that supports the Long Trail. Continue reading

    New Long Trail north of Winooski takes form before our very eyes!

    GMC’s Director of Trail Programs Dave Hardy led a volunteer crew that joined GMC’s trail staff who have been working on the new Long Trail route on Stimson Mt. north of the new Winooski Bridge. Thanks to students from Johnson State, too.

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    Young Adventurers Club launched.. Have little ones? Join us!

    GMC Young Adventurers Club

    GMC Young Adventurers Club

    The Young Adventurers Club gets kids 0-6 years old and their parents outdoors, to hike, play, learn, explore, and make friends! The YAC Burlington Section will have an outing on the first Saturday of each month. We communicate by facebook and e-mail. Kelley Christie is leading this effort for the Burlington Section. Have kids and are looking for a genuine Vermont out-of-doors experience? Join Kelley! The Young Adventurers Club of the Green Mountain Club was started by the Montpelier section. See some YAC photos!

    Trip Reports May – August 2013 (updated 1/19/14)

    8/24/13 – Hike up Mt. Abe via the Long Trail
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    How to find stuff on this Website

    This website is a good place to look for recent information such as outings, trip reports and announcements. But the site has a good bit of history in it tool. There are two kinds of searches: Continue reading

    Trip Reports January – April 2013 (updated 1/19/14)

    4/28/13 Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park
    For the past several years, I have scheduled a wildflower hike at Niquette Bay State Park on the last weekend in April since that is usually when the wildflowers peak. Continue reading

    Marketing Guru Position Open on GMC Burlington Executive Committee

    Are you savvy with marketing techniques – placing events in the local papers, getting flyers and posters printed and distributed, writing promotional announcements for the web site and list-serv? We need help coordinating the promotion and publicity of our outings and special events. If you are interested, please contact Ted Albers at 802-557-7009 or The Committee meets every couple of months to plan activities and eat great cookies Kelley makes. We could always use volunteers to help organize events and help with marketing and publicity, or lead hikes or just come up with fun ideas of stuff to do!

    Search Past Editions of the Ridgelines Newsletter

    Click below to link to search the contents of the past ten years of the Burlington Section Ridgelines newsletter. The result(s) will be an entire edition of Ridgelines (in a PDF file). The search term will not be highlighted in the PDF – the word(s) you searched for could be anywhere in the newsletter. To narrow your results, search for more terms, or search for an exact term in quotes. For example, searching for spring trail work returned 31 editions of Ridgelines. Searching for spring trail work 1995 returned four. Searching for “spring trail work” 1995 returned one.
    Search Ridgelines here.
    What’s the most common term people search for? Their own name! Try it.

    Ch. 17 TV- GMC Show: Introducing Local Chapters; The Burlington Section

    See the Ch. 17 Video with Will Wilquist and the Burlington Section!

    Trip Reports September – December 2012 (updated 1/2/13) with 61 Photos!

    12/23/12 Camel’s Hump via the Burrows Trail
    A couple days before the hike, I told people that it was hard to predict what equipment we would need on the hike and asked everyone to bring both microspikes and snowshoes. Continue reading

    Critter Column: Animals We See Along the Trail

    Almost nothing evokes wilderness like the yodeling cry of the Common Loon echoing over still water at the end of the day. The presence of these large black-and-white birds on Vermont’s lakes and ponds is a real success story. Continue reading

    GMC’s “Long Trail Bound” – check it out!

    GMC "Long Trail Bound"
    What is Long Trail Bound?
    Long Trail Bound is a resource for hands-on activities created by the Green Mountain Club that will teach students of all ages about the mountain environment and prepare them for a hike in Vermont’s Green Mountains. The activities are designed to be used in many different learning settings from the classroom, to the home, to the trail. They are divided into three categories:
    Outdoor Skills
    Mountain Ecosystems
    Fostering Stewardship and Sense of Place

    Learn more at Long Trail Bound!

    Trip Reports for May – August 2012 (updated 1/2/13) with more photos!

    8/25/12 Whiteface Mt. by way of Beaver Meadow Trail
    A beautiful sunny day greeted five enthusiastic hikers. Continue reading

    Trip Reports for January – April 2012 (updated 5/14/12 with photos galore)

    4/28/2012 – Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park Continue reading

    Trip Ideas for Fall

    Trip ideas for Fall: October, November, December Continue reading

    Trip Ideas for Summer

    Trip Ideas for Summer: July, August, September Continue reading

    Trip Ideas for Spring

    Trip ideas for Spring: April, May, June Continue reading

    Trip Ideas for Winter

    Trip Ideas: Winter January, February, March Continue reading

    Trip Reports September – December 2011 (updated 1/8/12)

    12/10/11 Burnt Rocks
    Sheri Larsen organized the trip, and met the group at the Richmond Park and Ride to send us on our way, but did not go on the hike because of a bad bruise from a fall two weeks previous. Continue reading

    Trip Reports for May – August, 2011 (updated 10/1/11)

    Hi Trip Leaders – please send a trip report with all your photos. Thanks Continue reading

    Trip Reports for January – April, 2011 (updated 5/3/11)

    April 30, 2011 – Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park
    After a very dreary April, we were rewarded with a sunny day on the day of our hike. Continue reading

    Trip Reports for September – December 2010 (updated 5/3/11) photos galore!

    12/26/10 Hike up Camel’s Hump via the Burrows Trail Continue reading

    Send GMC Your Digital Photos – Entries Always Needed

    The Green Mountain Club is once again sponsoring a digital photo contest for members and the public. The contest will also provide us with fresh material for use in GMC publications. Read more. The GMC always needs new photos!

    Trip Reports for May – August 2010 (updated 8/30/10 – several nice photos)

    Jerusalem Trail
    This was a fun hike and good group in spite of a very hot day. Continue reading

    Trip Reports for January – April 2010 (updated 5/15/10)

    4/24/2010 Biking on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Continue reading

    A Short History of the Green Mountain Club

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    Be the next person to earn the Side-to-Side Patch

    In 2006, GMC’s Board established a certification program for hikers who complete all eighty-four side trails of the Long Trail System (164.2 miles in all). Continue reading

    Need a Retreat Center? Visit Greenmont Farms in Underhill Center

    Want a great place for a winter retreat? Continue reading

    The Wisdom of Roy Buchanan, continued…

    The Wisdom of Roy Buchanan – cont.
    In our Fall 2009 issue, we featured some of Daan Zwick’s memories about Roy Buchanan, the first director of the Long Trail Patrol. Here’s what Daan sent us about building an igloo with Roy – just in time for winter! Continue reading

    Memories of a Section Veep

    It was 1978. We were rebuilding Taylor Lodge, which had burned down the year before. Continue reading

    About This Website….

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    Trip Reports for September – December 2009

    12/19/09 Mansfield Ridge Continue reading

    Trip Reports for May – August, 2009 (updated 11/1/09)

    Wampahoofus Continue reading

    Clem Holden and Herm Hoffman: Shelter Adopter Profiles

    Every one of the Green Mountain Club’s shelters, lodges and tenting areas has an adopter. Continue reading

    The Wisdom of Roy Buchanan

    In 1931, the Green Mountain Club formed the Long Trail Patrol and appointed Roy O. Buchanan as its director. Continue reading

    Trip Reports for January – April 2009

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    Lost On Mount Mansfield – January 1940

    In January of 1940 Larry Dean, who was probably the most active of the Burlington Section members and a dedicated scoutmaster, led a group of boy scouts on a winter hike to Taft Lodge. Continue reading

    Reading: books that have intrigued, inspired, educated, astonished, amused or entertained GMC members

    Summer is hiking time, but summer also brings long, lazy days perfect for sitting outside and reading. Continue reading

    Bushwhack: Caught in a Winter ‘Spruce Trap’ (and how to save yourself!)

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    Igloo Camping – Dot Myer

    One winter the Burlington section decided to build an igloo and camp in it. Continue reading

    The Highest May Not Be the Hardest – by Dot Myer

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