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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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

CANCELLED – Laraway Lookout Snowshoe, Saturday, February 17th, 8AM

This hike is cancelled due to illness. This is a popular snowshoe hike with some amazing ice along the way. The hike is challenging with an elevation gain of 1548 feet, following the Long Trail from Codding Hollow. Total round trip hiking distance is 4.6 miles.

Map: https://www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/laraway-mountain

NEKGMC Annual Meeting, Sunday, April 7th, 10AM

Join us for our Annual Meeting at Burke Community Library, with a hike and potluck prior to the meeting, activities start at 10AM. We will be accepting nominations and voting for positions on our executive committee. If you are interested in the process please send your nominations. Hike details will be provided at a later date, depending on conditions. Contact gmcnek@gmail.com for details or to RSVP.

East Haven Cabin Hike, Saturday, May 11th, 9AM

Gordon DuBois will lead a day hike to The Cabin on East Haven Mountain, in East Haven, VT. We will hike to the cabin for lunch. The Cabin sits on the edge of a cliff offering a spectacular view of Umpire Mountain and the White Mountains. After lunch, we will hike to the summit of East Haven Mountain (3,060′). Those who don’t want to summit the mountain can remain at the cabin and take in the view. It is about a 2.5-mile hike to the cabin with an elevation gain of 1,600 ft. The summit of East Haven Mt. is another mile from the Cabin. Meet up at 9:00 at the trailhead which is at the end of Young’s Road in East Haven. A small donation is requested to assist the organization with the maintenance of the cabin. If you would like more information about the cabin go to https://www.ehmicabin.net/about-the-cabin. Please register for the hike by emailing Gordon at duboisgordon7@gmail.com by May 8.

Essentials of Map & Compass, Sunday, May 19th, 9:00AM

NEKGMC Member Gordon Dubois and Burlington Section Member David Hathaway will lead this workshop to help you understand the information provided on a topographical map, the proper use of a compass, and how to put the two together. You’ll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic declination, and pairing a compass to a map. You’ll then learn 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 you are. After covering these fundamentals, you’ll get 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).

To sign up: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/greenmountainclub/1144358


The Mooseway at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, February 15th
It was a beautiful day to hike with NEKGMC section friends to Mooseway and Mud Pond. We made additional stops at Cherry and Little Cherry Ponds and ended up with a 6.28 miles hike under deep blue sky and sunshine.
Explore the ROCKS in Bethlehem, NH, Wednesday, February 7th
Janet Steinert led an easy 2 mile saunter on snowshoes in Bethlehem at a Forest Society North location in Bethlehem, NH called The Rocks. Perfect for SLOTHs (Sauntering Lads and Ladies on Therapeutic Hikes). With many acres of preserved land, this is a great destination for snowshoers with forest and field views of the north country. Lots of history there, totally worth the trip.
Check out the Jean Haigh Cabin, Tuesday, February 6th

Only a few showed up, but it was a beautiful day to check out the newly constructed cabin. Conditions were hard packed snow and slippery, so getting there was tricky, micro-spikes were an after thought.

Winter NEK GMC Meeting, Sunday, January 21st

We started the day with a snowshoe hike and some of us skied. The snowshoers hiked the Gardner Trail, Echo Lake Trail, then the Lang Brook Trail for a short 1.7 mile enjoyable hike. The skiers started and Echo Lake and did a point-to-point ski to the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont; I guess they did a little bushwhacking along the way, as the trail was trackless prior to their ski (snowshoe or ski on Northwoods many trails). At noon, we enjoyed a potluck lunch with 4 types of vegetarian chili, mac & cheese, meatballs, snacks, salads, homemade bread, and desserts. The meeting began at 1PM; Maria Young, Executive Director of Northwoods Stewardship gave an excellent presentation on all the Northwoods Projects, followed Luke O’Brien, Recreation Specialist for Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation, he provided updates on projects for VFPR. A special thanks to Northwoods Stewardship Center for hosting us.

First Day Hike, Monday, January 1st
As is the tradition with the Vermont State Parks, we once again did a First Day Hike

Yes, the Bartlett Mountain Hike was amazing! Fifteen people explored the Willoughby State Forest in Westmore to start off the new year right!

 

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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