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Upcoming Winter Events (10/04)

Long-Distance Hiker Roundtable

December 1, 2004

Are you thinking about some long-distance backpacking? Are you full of questions?

  • How much weight should I plan to carry?
  • How can I get my body ready for the challenge?
  • What’s the best sleeping pad?
  • Should I carry a tent?
  • What about a water purifier?

There are so many different kinds of trail food!! How do I decide what to buy?

Here’s your chance to talk with veterans of the Long Trail, John Muir Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Wonderland Trail. Bring your questions, your water bottle, and some finger food to share.

  • Brownell Library in Essex Junction
  • Wednesday, December 1st
  • 7:00 to 9:00 pm

(Have you already completed some long-distance hikes? Join the party and share what you’ve learned!)

For more information, call Brynne Lazarus at 863-1469.

Wheeler Pond Weekend

January 15 – 17, 2005

Enjoy a weekend at the Wheeler Pond Cabins in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom, at the edge of the Willoughby State Forest. Both cabins have beautiful views of pond and mountains. As you relax, chat and eat, you’ll see wooded Moose Mountain straight across the pond and rocky Wheeler Mountain off to your left.

The Wheeler Pond cabins are sturdy and have good wood stoves and a plentiful supply of firewood. Both cabins are equipped with sleeping platforms, tables, benches and chairs, as well as an assortment of dishes, pots and pans. Visitors bring their own water, lanterns and camp stoves.

There are hiking and walking trails all around the camps. An easy walk takes you to the “Gnome Steps”, flat black stones making a beautiful series of waterfalls. Wheeler Mountain provides amazing views of Lake Willoughby and Mt. Hor. (One recent hiker described Wheeler Mountain as “Mansfield-like views with one third the climbing”.) The mostly wooded Moose Mountain trail features a rocky lookout from which you can see Wheeler Pond and the cabins. There are also many miles of old CCC roads and other dirt tracks through neighboring woods.

For the January weekend, we’ll climb Wheeler Mountain and maybe do some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on old roads and trails.

For more information and to register for this trip, contact Dot Myer by January 12 at the latest. Dot can be reached at 863-2433 or at

Burlington Section Annual Meeting

February 5, 2005

The Burlington Section Annual Meeting will be on February 5, 2005, from 5:00-9:00 pm, at the Faith United Methodist Church on Dorset Street in South Burlington. There’ll be delicious food for the taste buds as well as lots of food for thought. The Annual Meeting is a great time to get to know fellow Burlington Section members, hear what’s going on in the Club, and contribute your ideas. Look for details in the January 2005 issue of Ridge Lines.

Wiezel Trails Cabin Weekend

February 25-27, 2005

The Wiezel Trails Cabin, located on The Adirondack Club’s Heart Lake property 8 miles south of Lake Placid, is available to the Green Mountain Club and Burlington Ski Club from noon Friday to Sunday morning. We can drive directly to the cabin, which accommodates up to 16 people in four bunkrooms. It’s heated and has modern plumbing, hot and cold running water, and showers in separate men’s and women’s washrooms. There’s a complete kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and most of the equipment we’ll need. A list of attendees and phone numbers will be mailed for making carpooling arrangements.

We’ll enjoy backcountry skiing or snowshoeing. Trails in the park aren’t groomed but they might be tracked by other visitors. We’ll decide where we will go each morning depending on conditions for the day. (It isn’t necessary for everyone to go in one group as long as no one goes onto trails by themselves.) There are plenty of other activities also, including the possibility of a ranger’s talk at the visitors’ center. Feel free to bring small musical instruments, songs, or games for the evenings.

Friday night dinner is at a local restaurant. Saturday night dinner and both breakfasts are a group affair, with everybody bringing something. Everyone is responsible for lunches, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. A $50 deposit, which covers the cost of lodging, must be sent to trip leader to ensure a spot.

For more information, call Tom Dettre at 872-0434. This trip always fills up early, so don’t delay.