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Notes from the Section (5/05)

Big Gathering of Hikers, Campers, Bikers, Paddlers and Lovers of the Outdoors!!!

The Annual Meeting of the Green Mountain Club will be held this year on June 10, 11 and 12 at the Base Lodge of Smugglers Notch Resort in Cambridge, Vermont. This year, the Burlington Section is the host, along with Laraway and Sterling Sections. Volunteers in these three sections have planned a large menu of outings and activities.

On Friday night, there’ll be a dessert social and a slide presentation by Dave Blumenthal and Lexi Shear about their incredible thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Lexi and Dave walked 2700 miles through scorching desert heat, ice fields, drenching rain, and even a typhoon. They’ll have with them some of the special lightweight equipment that they made for their adventure, as well as Dave’s hiking sketchbook.

On Saturday, there’s an early morning bird walk and a warm-up hike on the Morse Highlands - both before breakfast. There are lots of activities in the afternoon, including hikes ranging from easy to difficult, rock scrambling, a bike trip and winery tour, guided yoga in the outdoors, and a wildflower walk. Afternoon activities will conclude with the grand opening of the new Long Trail footbridge across the Lamoille River. In the evening, author Joe Citro will liven up dinner with strange tales from Vermont’s mountains, swamps and caves.

Activities continue on Sunday, with a hike to Taft Lodge and a chance to pan for gold in the Brewster River. GMC members can also take self-guided walks on any of the 14 miles of trails at the Resort. Meals will be catered by Smugglers Notch Resort (with vegetarian options for each meal). There’s plenty of lodging available at the Resort or close by, including several camping areas. Look for the registration form on page 6 in the Spring 2005 issue of the Long Trail News – or register online at

Outings Committee Report

Submitted by Phil Hazen and Paul Houchens

In 2004, the Burlington Section offered a total of 103 outings. There were activities as varied as a warbler ramble, bike trips, a snowshoe trek for beginners (and lots of other snowshoe outings), a wildflower walk, work parties to maintain trails and shelters, canoe and kayak trips, a workshop about using a map & compass, and a chance to learn about Leave No Trace ethics and practice yoga on a rocky ledge. One of the most popular outings was the Winter Solstice Hike to Butler Lodge. Most of the outings were in Vermont, but there were several trips to New York, New Hampshire and Maine as well. The Outings Committee thanks the many volunteer trip leaders!

Burlington Section Officers for 2005    

*We’re currently looking for people to fill the posts of Outings Co-Chair and Shelters Chair.

  • President: Phil Hazen
  • Vice President: Anneliese Koenig
  • Secretary: Linda Evans
  • Treasurer: Joel Tilley
  • Membership Committee: Dot Myer
  • Publicity: Pat Collier
  • Special Events: Brenda Wright    
  • Education: Walter Lepuschenko, Brynne Lazarus
  • Outings*: Paul Houchens
  • Trails: Pam Gillis, John Sharp
  • Director: Sue Girouard
  • Alternative Director: Dana Baron
  • Shelters*