Category Archives: Before You Go: Tips and Advice

Advice, tips and guidelines for hikers at all levels.

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.

    Trip Ideas for Fall

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    Trip Ideas for Summer

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    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

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

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    Outing Signup, Description & Report (for trip leaders and want-to-be trip leaders)

    Interested in leading a GMC Burlington Section trip. Its easy! Let me know. ted@ted-albers.net

    Outing Signup Sheet
    This is a generic “trip sign up sheet” that can be used by GMC Burlington section trip leaders if needed. Use this to record the names, etc. those participating in your trip.(PDF file)

    Outing Description Form
    This is the “outing description” form to be used when submitting your upcoming outings to the Outings Chair. (MS Word Document – this may automatically download into a folder on your computer. Or try right-click – save as.)


    If you cannot open the above document, just copy and paste this template below into an email and send to the Outing Chair or to me. ted@ted-albers.net


    OUTING DESCRIPTION
    BURLINGTON SECTION GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB

    Outing Date
    Outing Title
    Outing Type – (hike, snowshoe, ski, boating, etc)
    Outing Leader(s)
    Leader phone
    Leader Email
    Distance Round Trip
    Total Elevation Gain
    Difficulty Rating – (Easy, Moderate, Difficult – select one)
    Easy – < 5 miles, <1000’ elevation gain;
    Moderate – 5-8 miles, 8miles, >2400’ elevation gain
    Difficult – > 8miles, >2400’ elevation gain
    Trip Pace – Leisurely, Moderate, Strong – select one – moderate assumed if not stated)
    Call in advance? – (Y/N)
    Group Size Limit – (if there is one)
    Advance Registration Date – (if there is one)
    OK to publish in newspapers (Y/N) and Long Trail News? – (Y/N)
    Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words)
    E-mail to Paul Houchens: houchens@comcast.net


    Outing Report
    Please format your outing reports like this. To sumbit your report, please paste it into any comment (“Post a Reply”) section on any page of this website. Or, email it to ted@ted-albers.net These will be posted under ‘Trip Reports” as they are received.

    Sample Report

      11/7/10 Little River History Loop
      This walk in Little River State Park (part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest) at the Waterbury Reservoir, was a blast. We walked past abandoned settlements, overgrown roads cemeteries and old farm sites. We had lunch at an old grave site. It is an easy hike about 3.5 miles, 900’ elevation gain. A good family outing. (This walk is written up on page 172 of your GMC 50 Hikes in Vermont – 6th edition). Showing maximum disrespect for their toiling trip leader, the photo below (taken by Uncle Phil hazen) shows trip participants watching a squirrel chewing a nut, while Ted read an educational passage about the abandoned farmhouse just behind them. Bob Stahl, Nate Eastman, Kathy Adams, Phil hazen, Dot Myer, Rute Hare, Shirley Coffin, Lenore Budd, and trip leader, Ted Albers.

    Make your reports as long as you want! Provide details that will help inform hikers and future trip leaders. Email photos to me and I will post them:
    ted@ted-albers.net