Outings for January, 2018

1/6 (Sat) CANCELED – Burk or Jay
Trip is canceled – way too cold and windy for a safe trip
Let’s climb something different, shall we? Northeast Kingdom here we come! We will either hike Burke or Jay, then have some eats post hike to break up the ride home. Moderate snowshoe. Strong pace. 6-7 miles. 1700-2000′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 1/3. Tracy Sweeney, Tracy.Sweeney@va.gov.

1/7 (Sun) Burnt Rock
We’ll head up Hedgehog Brook Trail to the Long Trail, and continue up the steep final stretch to the summit of Burnt Rock Mt. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 5.2 miles. 1400′ elevation gain. Lindsay Pokorak, lpokorak@gmail.com.

1/13 (Sat) Butler Lodge via Nebraska Notch (moved from 1/20)
Starting from Stevensville, we will hike the Nebraska Notch Trail to the Long Trail, then follow it to Butler Lodge and return along the Butler Lodge trail. Moderate snowshoe. Moderate to strong pace. 6.2 miles. 1700′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

1/13 (Sat) Shelburne Farms XC Ski
We will meet at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne at a not-yet-designated time and take off on an cross country skiing or walking outing, with length and route to be determined by the snowpack, the weather and participants. Moderate pace, flat route and overall an easy outing with great views of the Adirondacks if conditions permit. Can be windy as much of the route is exposed so be prepared! Bring your micro spikes too. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

1/14 (Sun) Mt Elmore
We’ll climb Mt Elmore to the fire tower and maybe on to Balancing Rock. Moderate snowshoe. 4-6 miles. 1500′ elevation gain. Kim Farone, kfarone@yahoo.com.

1/20 (Sat) Adirondack Surprise!! (moved from 1/13)
Count on a 14-15 hour day from A to B with eats and libations planned post-hike with a fireplace to boot! Experienced fast-paced hikers only, please. I’ll think up a fun mountain as date draws near or feel free to share with me what you may want to summit! Difficult snowshoe. Strong pace. 10-12 miles. Robynn Albert, robynnalbert@hotmail.com.

1/28 (Sun) Bolton Lodge Potluck
(changed from Duxbury Window hike)
The GMC Burlington Section is hosting a potluck on the Sunday at Bolton Lodge. All are welcome. You do NOT need to be a GMC member to attend. The more the merrier. No RSVP need. Meet at about 12:30 at the restored Bolton Lodge for an informal potluck. No need to RSVP. Please bring a snack or dish to share, and a cup or mug and spoon. If you bring something hot, it has to be in a pot you can put on the wood stove.

Access Bolton Lodge by following the Broadway Trail from Bolton’s Nordic and Sports Center (a 1.5 mile downhill hike or ski) or via the Catamount Trail from where it heads north from the Bolton Valley Access Road (about 2/3 of a mile uphill hike or ski).  The Lodge is on this Bolton Valley Nordic map lower-left hand corner.

Parking at the Bolton Nordic Center? Afternoon tickets go on sale at 12:00.

See a video of the re-opening of Bolton Lodge on December 15th 2017:

Note that guests are welcome to rent the GMC’s Bolton Lodge, Wheeler Pond Camp and Bryant Camp. Details here.

If anyone wants to overnight at Bolton Lodge on Sunday night, please contact Ted Albers.

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