Category Archives: Section news

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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Summer 2014 Ridge Lines Newsletter in PDF

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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!

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

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.
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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!

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!

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!

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

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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

Long-Distance Hiking – The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly – 2009 Annual Meeting Presentation

The 2009 GMC Burlington Section Annual Meeting heard about Long-Distance Hiking – The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly. Long distance hiking brings out the best and worst in people, especially when the hike seems to go on forever. We heard some of the best and some of the worst when Chris Hanna and Mary Lou Recor showed their slides and talked about their differences while walking the forever-long Pacific Crest Trail in 2007, 2008. The one thing they agree on was that the scenery is spectacular, even if the participants looked like they needed a make-over. Highlights include desert flora, rattlesnakes, characters met on the trail who were all “a piece of work,” Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta, Crater Lake and the long-sought U.S./Canada border marker. Thanks to Chris & Mary Lou for the great show!

Pacific Crest Trail - it never stops!

Pacific Crest Trail - it never stops!

Share Your Weather Story with Ridge Lines Readers

Share Your Weather Story with Ridge Lines Readers
Most Vermonters who’ve spent any time outdoors have stories about the weather. Have you hiked in mud to your kneecaps? Put your head down and trudged blindly through gale-force winds? Skidded all over an icy mountain? Share your story by sending it to Maeve Kim: PO Box 1086, Jericho Center 05465 or

GMC Burlington Section History (PDF document)

This file is an 80 page document describing the history of the GMC Burlington Section from 1910 to 1999. I suggest you right-click to ‘save-as’ this file to your hard drive. GMC Burlington Section History 1910-1999 (2 MB PDF file) Do you have anything to add to the GMC History. Email:

Call for Historical Photos

A message from Dot Myer:
The Burlington Section has many pictures dating back to the 1930s. These are now being copied to CD’s for better preservation. But more photos are needed. Continue reading