Green Mountain Club Annual Meeting
Friday - Saturday, June 13-14, 2014
Mountain Meadows Lodge
285 Thundering Brook Road
Killington, Vermont 05751
Register for the Annual Meeting online here.
Lodging: a discounted room rate of $129.00 (plus tax; double occupancy, breakfast included) is offered for all rooms; kids under 13 free; $20 per person per night for extra adults in room; this discounted room rate is available for before and after the event based on availability. Guests must call rather than book online since all the rooms are held for GMC.
To make a reservation, call Mountain Meadows at 802-775-1010, or email them at email@example.com.
Schedule of Events
All events take place at the Mountain Meadows Lodge unless noted. Camping is allowed on Mountain Meadows property. Call Mountain Meadows for room reservations and rates. Per Mountain Meadows, we’re enforcing a strict no-pet policy. Please leave your dog at home even if you are camping or coming for the day. Please contact Joe Sikowitz, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (802) 241-8324, to make meeting and meal reservations.
Friday, June 13
9:00 AM – Work hike. Clearing drainage and installing puncheon north of US 4 in Mendon. Meet at 10 am at LT/AT parking lot on Route 4 just west of Pico ski area parking. Bring hiking gear suitable for the weather and work gloves. GMC will provide tools and our collection of fashionable hard hats (any color you want as long as it’s green).
5:30 PM – Dinner at Mountain Meadows Lodge. Pay at the door. Cash bar.
7:00 PM – Music from singer-songwriter Phil Henry.
Following the concert, Board Member and former GMC Caretaker Lee Allen invites other former GMC Caretakers and Long Trail Patrol members to join him for an informal get-together at Mountain Meadows’ bar.
Saturday, June 14
6:30 – 8:00 AM – Bird walk with Lee Allen. Easy.
7:00 – 8:00 AM – Cross-cut saw demonstration outside with Larry Walter.
8:00 – 9:00 AM – Registration and continental breakfast under the tent. Sign up for afternoon activities. Buy raffle tickets to win one of the prizes.
9:00 – 11:30 AM – Annual Meeting.
11:30 – 12:30 PM – Board of Directors Meeting.
11:30 – 1:00 PM – Bagged lunches provided by Mountain Meadows Lodge. By reservation only.
1:00 PM – Afternoon outings. Meet in parking lot in front of the lodge. Leaders will identify trips and set up carpools. Bring water and appropriate gear. Distances are round trip.
Thundering Brook Falls. Easy. Hike. 1 mile. An easy, flat walk on the AT along a handicapped-accessible boardwalk through a wetland, ending at a viewing platform at the waterfall.
Kayak (bring your own). Easy. Trip leaders will determine various kayaking outings in the area.
Patch Hollow. Easy to moderate. Hike. 3 miles. A LT hike on old roads to the site of “the Patch Hollow Horror,” a sensational 19th century murder! Be prepared to participate in a dramatic recreation, costumes and script provided.
Pine Hill. Easy to moderate. Hike. Mileage variable. Explore Rutland’s network of hiking and biking trails, featuring bridges, two ponds, and mountain views.
Mountain Meadows to Thundering Brook Falls. Easy to moderate. Hike. 2.5 - 4 miles. Follow the AT from here (one brook crossing) to the top of the falls, then return via the road (4 miles) or continue down a steep stretch to the base (2.5 miles).
Sherburne Pass to River Road. Moderate. Hike. 2 – 4.5 miles. Hike the AT through Gifford Woods and around Kent Pond to Thundering Brook Falls, a very scenic hike with little elevation gain but some steep descents (4.5 miles), or go back to Mountain Meadows (2 miles).
Deer Leap. Moderate. Hike. 3.5 miles. Via the LT from the Route 4 parking lot, past Maine Junction and climb to a spectacular lookout.
Bald Mountain. Moderate. Hike. 4.5 miles. A small mountain with some lovely views. 750 feet of elevation gain with several vistas to reward a few steep climbs.
Pico Loop. Difficult. Hike. 7 miles, with an option of an extra mile to visit Pico’s summit. A fast-paced trek up the Sherburne Pass Trail to Jungle Junction and down the LT past Churchill Scott shelter.
White Rocks Overlook. Difficult. Hike. 4 miles. A steep climb to the rock garden, where LT hikers express their unique and entertaining creativity with stone sculptures! Panoramic views from the cliffs.
Blue Ridge Mountain. Difficult. Hike. 4.8 miles. Ascend the Canty Trail past a scenic waterfall to the 3,278 foot summit, with views to the west. 1,490 feet of elevation gain on this hike.
Killington Peak. Difficult. Hike. 7 – 9 miles. Route to be determined, but fast-paced.
1:30 PM – Historical Long Trail Lodge presentation & tour by Dave Wright. Dave will provide a presentation for those who are not hiking or who choose to stay at Mountain Meadows. Followed by a tour of the former site.
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Reception. Light snacks, cash bar, information on activities and hikes in the area.
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Dinner. Catered by Mountain Meadows Lodge. By reservation only.
7:00 – Speaker: Early Vermont Settlers and Their Environment by Chris Wren, writer, editor, and outdoorsman.
Following the guest speaker, there will be a self-guided moonlight paddle on Kent Pond.
Sunday, June 15 – 17
10:00 AM – Intersectional Hike.
Meet in the Mountain Meadows parking lot for a three day, two night hike from Route 140 north to Route 4 on the Long Trail. All hikers must bring their own gear and food, and must be proficient at overnight backpacking. A tent or shelter is required to go on the trip. The GMC and the Killington Section are not responsible for individual hikers but will provide trip leaders to help organize the hike. A maximum of ten people, including the two leaders, can go on the trip. Participants must sign-up prior to the Annual Meeting with Joe Sikowitz, email@example.com