Special Events

44th Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM in Middlebury

Speaker Program begins at 7:30PM

"Short Legs, Long Trail: Four Summers of Adventure"

Established in 1976, our Section will hold its 44th Annual Meeting on the evening of Thursday, January 24th at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS), 2 Duane Court in Middlebury. Directions.

The meeting will begin at 6:30PM with a brief social time and hearty refreshments, followed by the business meeting.

GMC’s new Director of Field Programs Keegan Tierney will join us with updates from headquarters as we celebrate another year.

Following the business meeting:

“Short Legs, Long Trail: Four Summers of Adventure”

At 7:30 PM, the Harrington and McIntosh families of Ripton will present a special program that is sure to inspire and entertain! Two families, each with their individual loves of backpacking, decided to try backpacking together. As they recently described it, “It started with a simple overnight with just the two oldest kids (then 6 and 7). That trip planted the seed from which our adventures were born. Starting small, dreaming big, and staying flexible kept us going. (That, and plenty of M&M’s)!”

Meet the families and see how their adventures evolved as the kids grew together. We hope you can join us for this special presentation!


The Harringtons have lived in Ripton since 2003. Prior to settling in Vermont, Tracey and Jay had their own backpacking adventures: Tracey in parts of East Africa and South America, Jay as an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. They currently work in education. Baxter (12) and Mary (10) have lived in Ripton their whole lives and, in addition to backpacking, enjoy Nordic skiing, playing music and reading.

The McIntoshes have always had a love for the outdoors. Living in Ripton gives them ample opportunity to get out and play, whether it be backpacking, skiing, paddling or pedaling. Andy and Laura have always made outdoor adventuring part of their lives and their kids have joined them since infancy. Watching them grow into accomplished young adventures themselves has been a tremendous privilege. We are looking forward to many more adventures to come.

For directions, go to CVUUS.ORG. Open to the public. Refreshments served. More information at www.gmcbreadloaf.org

James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series

Thursday, February 21, 7:00PM in Middlebury

"From Gletscher to Gipfelkreuze: Exploring the natural and cultural landscapes of the Alps"

Presented by: Jeff & Diane Munroe

We are excited to announce this year’s James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series program will be presented by Middlebury’s Jeff & Diane Munroe at 7PM at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS), 2 Duane Court in Middlebury. Directions.

About our speakers: Jeff and Diane Munroe are avid hikers and travelers and have lived in Middlebury since 2001. Jeff is Professor of Geology at Middlebury College, and Diane coordinates community-based research projects for the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

Last year they spent Jeff’s sabbatical year abroad, largely in Austria where Jeff was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck in the spring. During the fall and summer of 2017, while on Jeff’s sabbatical year abroad, they traveled extensively across the Alps from France to Slovenia, hiking and exploring modern glacial landscapes and enjoying experiencing a range of local cultural experiences. They will share the beauty and diversity of the Alpine landscape, and the tension they felt experiencing the cultural and natural richness of this region alongside the stark retreat of all of the glaciers they visited.

Admission is free & open to the public. Donations will support GMC’s Education Fund. Directions.

(above) Aletsch Glacier in the Alps

(below) Summit Cross

Past 2018 special events (below)

Over 65 people enjoyed a presentation by GMC's Mike DeBonis on Thurs. October 18th at 7PM in Middlebury.

"Wool Knickers and White Blazes: A 1917 Inspired End-to-End Long Trail Hike" was presented by GMC's Executive Director Mike DeBonis. Thanks so much to Mike & his wife Jennifer (who provided resupply and other support) for coming over the mountains to tell tales from Mike's 2017 "retro" end-to end hike, celebrating one hundred years of the Long Trail Guidebook.

$75 in donations were collected for the GMC Education Fund. Thanks to all who attended.

Click here for photos from the evening.


Sunday July 29th was a perfect summer day at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh.

Annual Kingsland Bay Outing Hike & Paddle). (Above) Paddlers were able to wave to the group who hiked the trail from the beach area. More photos.

Green Up Day Festival at Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (Saturday May 5th).

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Bread Loaf Section’s display table at MNFC to meet our volunteers and view maps, the latest GMC publications, learn about the Long Trail. One lucky person from Shoreham won our free drawing and received a GMC logo hot drink mug and a copy of GMC Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont.

Thanks, Mike, Betty, Ralph & Bruce for representing GMC at this year's Festival.

Taylor Series: Walking the Coast to Coast Path, Feb 21

Featured Speakers: Deb Van Schaack & Nancy Custer Carroll

Deb and Nancy shared their images and stories of their fifteen-day self-guided walk on the 192-mile, unmarked and unofficial Coast to Coast Walk across England in September 2017. Through three national parks from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, Deb and Nancy encountered sun, wind, rain, magnificent countryside, thousands of sheep and some very fine folk with whom to walk and share a pint at the end of the day. Thank you, Deb & Nancy, for a presenting this program to 130 attendees!

Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series (Photos from our Feb. 21 event)