GMC Bread Loaf outing leaders are volunteers who are familiar with the terrain and difficulty level of their outings. The 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.
Popular Areas to Explore: Every season of the year!
Find links to many maps & resources: Maps & Resources.
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 Difficult (over 1,500 feet of elevation change)
Safety: Layers of weather appropriate clothing for warmth. Extra food and water. Helmets are required for cycling; PFDs for water sports (Personal Flotation Devices)
Access: Consider whether the area you are starting from has parking limitations. 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.
For volunteer leaders - We schedule outings four times a year: spring, summer, fall, winter
To help you plan your activity:
- Do some research / get ideas: Go to Maps & Resources.
- Read pre-written outing descriptions: pre-written descriptions (or download pdf), then modify to reflect your activity or submit a new one.
- Check out this list for other outing ideas: List of Favorite Bread Loaf Activities by Type (revised June 2016) download PDF
- Think about inviting a co-leader or co-sponsor (optional): Consider leading a joint outing/event with an expert on geology, history, trees or wildlife.
- Send an email Ruth Penfield (interim Outings Chair): firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 (refer to the pre-written descriptions for format to follow.)
- Ruth 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 (download PDF).
Materials to read and print include:
- Read prior to your activity: Outing Leaders Responsibilities (download PDF).
- Print a sign-in sheet: Outing List of Participants (download PDF) Revised January 28, 2018.
- For non-member participants, print and bring a couple of these! Bread Loaf Section membership form (download PDF) 2 half sheets per page.
Cliff trails are closed during peregrine falcon nesting season March 15-August 1st.
Raven Ridge Trail in Monkton is closed March 1- June 15th.