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2005 Annual Meetings (1/05)

Burlington Section Annual Meeting and Dinner

February 5, 2005 at the Faith United Methodist Church on Dorset St. in South Burlington. Reservations are required. Members will find information in the Winter-2004-05 issue of RidgeLines.

  • 5:00 – Social Hour
  • 6:00 – Supper
  • 7:00 – Business Meeting
  • 8:15 – Program

Directions: Take exit 14E off I-89. Turn right on Dorset St. Go 0.3 miles from the Kennedy Dr./Dorset St. intersection to Faith United Methodist Church (on the right). There’s plenty of parking. The cafeteria is at the far end.

Program: Mexico to Canada: A Journey on the Pacific Coast Trail

Join Dave Blumenthal and Lexi Shear as they share their adventure of a lifetime: a thru-hike of the 2,700 mile Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada. Hear about the 6 months of planning and then the challenges of crossing the Mojave Dessert, climbing Mt. Whitney, and surviving a rare typhoon in Oregon. After the presentation, you can look at watercolor drawings in Dave’s trail sketchbook and examine their special lightweight gear.

Dave began hiking when he was only an infant. He was in his teens when he first dreamed of hiking the PCT, and his 2000 end-to-end hike of the Long Trail whet his appetite further. (Drawings and watercolors from Dave’s LT trail journal now illustrate the Long Trail Guide.) Dave designed and made some of the lightweight equipment he and Lexi used on the PCT thru-hike. When he’s not hiking, Dave is a free-lance product and furniture designer and has taught art classes at the Gailer School and CCV.

Lexi fell in love with the wilderness on a month-long trip to Alaska. She’s a graduate of UVM’s Field Naturalist Program (and she carried multiple field guides in her pack as she hiked!). Lexi, formerly with the Trust for Public Lands, now does conservation planning and ecological assessments. Both Dave and Lexi are ardent bikers, hikers, and skiers.

Burlington Section to Host Green Mountain Club Annual Meeting

The Burlington Section will host the 2005 statewide GMC Annual Meeting, along with the Sterling and Laraway Sections. The event will take place June 10-12 at Smugglers' Notch Resort. The highlight of the weekend will be the grand opening of the new Lamoille River Suspension Bridge.

We’re looking for volunteers to meet & greet, register attendees, sell tickets, lead hikes and have a good time. Let us know what you can do and we'll find a job for you. To volunteer, contact section president Sue Girouard at 802-644-5941 or