GMC Bread Loaf outing leaders are volunteers who are familiar with the terrain and difficulty level of their outings. A brief list of their responsibilities is published below. Leaders are available to answer questions prior to announced events. Some events have an educational theme (such as history, wildflowers, geology, etc.) at which time a knowledgeable guest guide will join the outing leader.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LEADER? If you are not currently volunteering as a Bread Loaf outing leader but are looking a hike or paddle location, we suggest you go to the Maps & Resources page of this website.
Whether you are a hike leader or someone looking to explore on your own with a friend, always prepare for your outing.
Plan your activity. Do your research / get some ideas: Go to the"Maps & Resources" on this website.
Review the list of "Considerations" below.
For GMC Bread Loaf volunteer leaders:
1. Use pre-written descriptions (copy and modify your choice to reflect your activity) or submit a new one*.
Some other outing ideas are here: List of Favorite Bread Loaf Activities by Type.
2. Invite a GMC member as co-leader or co-sponsor (optional)
Consider leading a joint outing/event with an expert on geology, history, trees or wildlife.
3. Send an email to our Outings Manager with your choice(s), including the following information.
List the name of your activity and the date you choose to lead, usually Saturday or Sunday or a late weekday (Thursday or Friday are popular).
Provide a detailed description of your activity. For suggested format, refer to pre-written descriptions. (Link is above.)
The Outings manager will acknowledge your choice, then let you know when the new 3-month outing schedule is available to review.
*If you plan an outing location not listed in the pre-written descriptions, fill out and send an Outing Planning Worksheet.
4. Before your activity, here are materials to read and/or print:
Outing List of Participants (for use during COVID-19): Print and bring this sign-in sheet with you (rev. 7/2020 during COVID-19). Participants will list their names and contact info on the form. After the outing, please return the form to the Bread Loaf Section Outings Manager AND Lorne Currier at GMC.
Outing Leaders Responsibilities: Read prior to your activity to refresh your memory. Read GMC Guidelines for Outings for Leaders AND Participants.
Trip Planning and "10 Essentials" (this is on GMC's website)
Bread Loaf Section membership form: Useful to hand out to non-member participants. You might want to print and bring a couple of these! (There are two forms on one 8.5x11" page.)
Thank you for leading!
Locations: There are many areas besides Addison County where Bread Loaf outings may be held, including:
Breadloaf Wilderness and Green Mountain National Forest
Long Trail and its many side trails
Moosalamoo Recreation Area
Vermont State Parks, Adirondack trails and trails near Lake Champlain
nearby Rutland and Chittenden Counties
Skill level: Easy (less than 500 feet of elevation change), Moderate (500-1,500 feet of elevation gain), or Strenuous (over 1,500 feet of elevation change). Consider pace and weather conditions.
Safety: Layers of weather appropriate clothing for warmth. Extra food and water. Helmets are required for cycling; PFDs for water sports (Personal Flotation Devices) . Review details on our Safety Reminders page.
Access: Consider whether the area you are starting from has parking limitations. Also in the winter and early spring, check to make sure access gates are open and the parking area is plowed. Carpooling is encouraged!
Season of the year: Mud season, bird nesting seasons, hunting seasons.
Special equipment: May be needed for possible certain weather conditions, such as crampons, poles, rain gear.
Dogs: If a group leader allows dogs, outings will be designated as "dog friendly." All dogs on group outings will be kept on a leash at all times.
We normally schedule outings four times a year...
Fall hike at Taconic Mountains Ramble, Hubbardton
Winter hike to Silent Cliff, Hancock.
Spring hike to Cooley Glen Shelter, Lincoln.
Summer hike to summit of Hurricane Mountain, Keene, NY.