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The Northeast Kingdom Section of Vermont’s Green Mountain Club provides and preserves hiking opportunities and supports land and wildlife stewardship in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Kettle Pond Hike, Sunday, December 10th, 10AM
Groton State Forest is beautiful any time of year! Join Andrea Kane and Paul Trojano as they lead you on the three-mile loop around Kettle Pond. Meet at the Trail head on Route 232 at 10:00 with your micro spikes or equivalent and snowshoes to be safe, plus bag lunch to eat at the cold, snow-covered picnic table! This hike is relatively easy but has numerous boulders and roots to navigate around so can be considered moderate.
Questions can be directed to Andrea at dreakane@hotmail.com or by calling 802-592-3061.
First Day Hike, Monday, January 1st, 10AM
As is the tradition with the Vermont State Parks, we will be once again doing a First Day Hike (Snowshoe). Here are the details.
Trail: Westmore State Forest, CCC Road and Bartlett Mountain Loop
Guides: Sue Winsor, Green Mountain Club NEK Volunteer
Meeting TIme: 10:00am
Meeting Location: CCC Road parking, across the road from the Mt. Pisgah Trailhead Parking on Route 5a
Hike Description: This moderately challenging trail follows the CCC Road in Westmore for about 2.5 miles then we will turn on to the Bartlett Mountain Loop, which is about 2 miles, returning on the CCC Road. Total miles: about 6.5. This is also a x-country ski trail and if the trail has been groomed SNOWSHOES WILL BE REQUIRED. Skiers are also welcomed. If there is only a little snow and the CCC Road is packed from previous traffic, micro spikes should be carried to be on hand if needed. Safety first!!!
Contact Sue Winsor (s.j.p.winsor@gmail.com) to register and for more information if needed.
Winter NEK GMC Meeting, Sunday, January 21st, 10AM

Join us for our quarterly meeting at Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont. We begin at 10AM with a snowshoe hike or ski on Northwoods many trails. After, around noon, we will enjoy a potluck lunch, then our meeting beginning at 1PM. Special thanks to Northwoods Stewardship Center for hosting us.


Long Trail Day 2023 Pizza Party, Saturday, December 2nd

After reaching out to all section members with a requested vote for a date to hold a pizza party at Parker Pie, we received a small response, with the majority of members choosing December 2nd. We were celebrating our section being the #1 section for fundraising for Long Trail Day 2023. Team Kingdom Express raised $2325 and were rewarded with a gift certificate from our GMC headquarters. Though turnout was small, we all enjoyed seeing each other and delicious pizza!

Perry Holbrook Snowshoe Hike, Saturday, December 2nd

The morning started with rain and frantic messages as to whether the event was still on. We met at the Glover park & ride where 7 hearty souls braved the elements to snowshoe at Holbrook State Park. Our mood was joyful and we all donned raingear for a nice snowshoe hike, some to Mud Pond, while others headed to O’Leary Leap and Big Rock Hill Summit.

 

4th Connecticut Lake Trail Hike, Monday, November 6th
This hike is listed as easy to moderate, but steep in the first 0.5 miles; it’s 3 miles round trip. “Straddle the Connecticut River with your feet!” – 50 Hikes North of the Whites
We met at the Community National Bank in Island Pond and left promptly at 8:30AM. It was 1.5 hour commute to the trailhead. We had a great day in a beautiful place and did indeed straddle the Connecticut River!
Golden Road Saunter, Sunday, November 5th
Cathi Brooks led a hike on the Golden Trail in Victory Forest. This is a moderate 5-mile hike with undulating ups and downs, 660 feet elevation gain. Our goal was the shelter. We met at East Burke Community Library parking lot and carpooled from there, leaving promptly at 9:00. It was a great day for remembrance and to be with friends.
Essentials of Map & Compass, Saturday, October 28th

Knowing how to use a map and compass are crucial skills for any hiker. If you don’t know how to use a map and compass, then you are not only missing an essential skill when taking to the mountains, you could also be putting your life in danger.

This workshop helps participants understand the information provided on a topographical map, the proper use of a compass, and how to put the two together. Participants learned about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic declination, and pairing a compass to a map. Participants then learned how to use a map and compass to find a bearing with a map and follow it in the field, and to take bearings on visible landmarks and use them to determine where they are. After covering these fundamentals, participants had an opportunity to practice orienteering skills in the woods around the Green Mountain Club campus. This interactive workshop is a great introduction to navigation and map reading which are essential skills for anyone hiking trails or heading into the woods off-trail (bushwhacking). The workshop was led by Gordon DuBois and David Hathaway. Gordon is a member of the Northeast Kingdom Section of the Green Mountain Club. David is a member of the Burlington section.

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