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1 The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the p eople by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through e ducation, the stewardship of Vermonts hiking trails and mountains. SCOTT BARKER Sunrise at Ritterbush Pond Quarterly of the Green Mountain Club Mike DeBonis, Executive Director c o n t e n t s Jocelyn Hebert, Long Trail News Editor Fall 2015, Volume 75, No. 3 Richard Andrews, Volunteer Copy Editor Features Brian P. Graphic Arts, Design Green Mountain Club 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677 Phone: (802) 244-7037 5 / Outstanding Members Honored Fax: (802) 244-5867 E-mail: [email protected] 6 / The Seven Principles Website: www.greenmountainclub.org By GMC Field Staff & Caretakers The Long Trail News is published by The Green Mountain Club, Inc., a nonprofit organization found- ed in 1910. In a 1971 Joint Resolution, the Vermont 11 / Adventurous Women Learn Backcountry Skills Legislature designated the Green Mountain Club the By Ilana Copel & Emily Benning founder, sponsor, defender and protector of the Long Trail System... 12 / Autumn Water Contributions of manuscripts, photos, illustrations, and news are welcome from members and nonmem- bers. Copy and advertising deadlines are December 22 16 / Hiker Impacts: When Leaving for the spring issue; March 22 for summer; June 22 Footprints is Too Much for fall; and September 22 for winter. By Elisabeth Fenn The opinions expressed by LTN contributors and advertisers are not necessarily those of GMC. GMC reserves the right to refuse advertising that is not in 17 / Club Closes on Headwaters Camp keeping with the goals of the organization. By Jean Haigh The Long Trail News (USPS 318-840) is published quarterly by The Green Mountain Club, Inc., 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 18 / Winooski River Footbridge 05677. Periodicals postage paid at Waterbury Center, Opening Celebration VT and additional offices. Subscription is a benefit for GMC members. Approximately $5 of each members Departments dues is used to publish the Long Trail News. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Long Trail News, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677. 3 / From the President 2425 / Meet the Staff Copyright2015 The Green Mountain Club, Inc., 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 4 / Mountain Views 2627 / Sections 05677. Permission to reproduce in any form any of the material in this publication without prior writ- 1415 / Field Notes 28 / GMC Outdoor Programs ten approval of The Green Mountain Club, Inc. is granted only to individuals for their own personal 2021 / Trail Mix 29 / Board Report hiking convenience. 2223 / Volunteers 31 / Journeys End Cover: Lone hiker enjoying view from Mount Mansfield summit. Photo by Chris Diegel L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2

2 From the President Executive Director Mike DeBonis (left), Ben Wetherell, and President John Page carrying banner in Montpelier Fourth of July parade W The collective hen Jean Haigh handed me We must now finish the task started the presidents gavel at Junes thirty years ago when we developed the meeting of the board of direc- human power of all Long Trail Protection Campaign, and find tors, she also handed me the leadership of an organization in unprecedented health that passion is our a way to legally protect the last five miles of the trail that still cross privately owned and vitality. This is my good fortune, and greatest asset. land. Were down to the last few tough the clubs too, of course. Jean, you did nuts to crack, where the landowners your job with unmatched devotion, skill leaders and near 10,000 members, its a know of our interest but are as yet unwill- and tact. You carried the flag well, and deep, almost mystical passion for the club ing to sell. Eventually these properties the Green Mountain Club is a much better and our beloved trails. This passion fuels will become available, and we must be organization because of your stewardship. so much of GMCs work, from the annual ready to act when they are. We will stay Thank you! turnout of hundreds of trail vollies on task. I cannot describe how honored I feel doing trail maintenance, to the seemingly Many of you know that in 2013 the to serve as GMCs new president. Some of bottomless financial support that materi- State of Vermont acquired the so-called my earliest memories are of hiking with alizes whenever we need it, to the hard Bolton Nordic property at the head of my parents and the Burlington Section. work of the staff and volunteer leadership Bolton Valley, just north of the new bridge I fondly recall the annual oyster stew that keeps the clubs daily operations run- and east of the relocated Long Trail. The hikes to Taylor Lodge on moonlit Febru- ning smoothly. land includes two historic cabins, Bolton ary nights, and the annual week-long The collective human power of all that Lodge (built by the Burlington Section intersectionals, which gave my brother passion is our greatest asset. It is now my in 1928) and Bryant Camp (built as a ski and me the chance to section hike most of responsibility to nurture and channel it so lodge in the early 1930s by Edward S. the Long Trail before we were old enough that the Long Trail abides, in our lifetime Bryant). GMC has agreed to renovate and to drive. I remember hiking with GMC and beyond. Weve got a great thing going manage both for public use, including the leaders like Roy Buchanan, Shirley Strong here, and Im determined to keep it that installation of wood stoves for winter use. and Gene Bamforth. way. Bolton Lodge will once again be part of In the summer of 1971 I worked as the Now that the historic Winooski River the Long Trail System. GMC caretaker at Taylor Lodge. When I Footbridge is finally completed, whats Im particularly excited by our plan to returned to Vermont in 1994 after a period next for the GMC? Our priority must build two or three new blue-blazed side of exile in Maine, I reacquainted myself continue to beas it has been for the past trails in Bolton Valley. These new trails with the Long Trail, and reconnected thirty yearsthe permanent protection will give hikers many options for loop with the Green Mountain Club by joining of the Long Trail. The spectacular new hikes combined with overnight camping its board of directors in 1999. Since then bridge spanning the Winooski River is in the new shelters, all within a half hour I have hiked the Long Trail end-to-end a understandably the center of everyones of downtown Burlington. After a fifty- second time, and am now half way to a attention, and no doubt it will be much year hiatus, hiking is finally returning to third completion. The Long Trail and the appreciated by hikers, but in the long run Bolton Valley. Green Mountain Club are in my blood and I believe our greater accomplishment has Thanks for all that you do for the part of who I am. been the procurement of a permanent, Green Mountain Club, and Ill see you on I am hardly exceptional. If there is one safe, direct and aesthetic route across the the trail! thing that characterizes GMCs volunteer entire valley. John Page, President L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 3

3 Mountain Views donated a collection of brand new up-to-date hiking books to the Davies Memorial Library [in Waterford], where librarian GMC Officers John Page, President Jennifer DAgostino said people Tom Candon, Vice President were asking to check out the Stephen Klein, Treasurer books before she even had the Lee Allen, Secretary barcodes added to their spines! GMC Directors Jean Haigh, youve provided Ted Albers, Burlington guides to fresh trails for an Lars Botzojorns, General exhilarated communitythank Faith Brown, General Marge Fish, Manchester you again for bringing the James Fritz, Connecticut books this way. Jean Haigh, Northeast Kingdom Beth Kanell Chris Hale, Laraway Troop 22 George Hall, General Thanks Camille! Allison Henry, Killington Paul Houchens, General Troop 22 on the Long Trail got through it, the consensus Lynda Hutchins, General was that it was awesome! We Just wanted to say, thank Anne Janeway, General Addressed to Caitlin Miller, bypassed the Chin but were so you so much to Camille [GMC Wayne Krevetski, General GMC Group Outreach Specialist lucky to have the opportunity caretaker] for everything! She Sheri Larsen, General We had such a good time. to go back up the next morning helped us with a hiker who Ron Lucier, Sterling When we talked about what with Adam. He is a gem. broke her ankle, and is gener- Doug McKain, Bread Loaf Millie Mugica, General was different about this trip, The caretaker at Sterling ally amazing. John Oliva, Worcester the biggest difference was you cares so much about people. He Alice Shlep Volkov Walter Pomroy, Northern Frontier saw that Matt didnt have much guys from the GMC. You were Dick Ruben, Ottauquechee such a big help, and the care- of a sleeping pad, and gave him Barnes Camp Volunteers Lexi Shear, General Martha Stitelman, Bennington takers along the way made us one. We hiked down to the cars Mike Wetherell, Montpelier feel so welcome and looked out together, and I felt like he was First volunteer day at Barnes Richard Windish, Brattleboro for. I could not believe when totally taking care of me. Im Camp Visitor Center. Ira Sollace John Zaber, General we got to the visitors center on a little slow on the downhills, and I helped fifty-seven people GMC Staff Directory Mansfield, and the caretaker and he waited for me every thus far today! Lots of general Main Telephone: (802) 244-7037 asked if we were Troop 22. You time. Thats hard to do! hiking questions, and Long Pete Antos-Ketcham, Director of Land and should have seen my surprise Thanks so much for every- Trail questions too. It has been Facilities Management really fun, and everyone really E-mail: [email protected] and smile. Why yes we are! thing! Phone: (802) 241-8217 Caretaker Adam is magnifi- Mike Matheis, has appreciated the informa- Jason Buss, Business Manager cent! He genuinely enjoyed the Boy Scout Leader, Troop 22 tion. E-mail: [email protected] Cindy Griffith boys, which made me feel so Phone: (802) 241-8214 Michael DeBonis, Executive Director good. We learned a ton from FACEBOOK E-mail: [email protected] comments If you would like to volunteer Phone: (802) 241-8212 him, and he was very sup- at Barnes Camp Visitor Center Alicia DiCocco, Director of Development portive after we got caught in GMC Publications on located on Vermont Route 108 E-mail: [email protected] that storm trying to get to the Library Shelves Phone: (802) 241-8322 in Stowe please contact Jenny shelter. It was a race and we Jennifer Donley, Visitor Center Manager lost, but what a story! After we Montagne, [email protected] E-mail: [email protected] A huge thank you to the mountainclub.org. Phone: (802) 241-8210 Dave Hardy, Director of Trail Programs Green Mountain Club, which E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (802) 241-8320 Long Trail News Jocelyn Hebert, Long Trail News Editor welcomes your comments. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (802) 241-8215 Letters received may be edited Kevin Hudnell, Field Supervisor for length and clarity. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (802) 241-8321 GMC reserves the right to decline Matt Krebs, Publications Coordinator/ to publish those considered Stewardship Assistant E-mail: [email protected] inappropriate. Not all letters may Phone: (802) 241-8321 be published. Caitlin Miller, Group Outreach Specialist E-mail: [email protected] Send to: Jocelyn Hebert, Phone: (802) 241-8327 [email protected] or Jenny Montagne, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator Letters to the Editor, E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (802) 241-8324 GMC, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Database Manager Waterbury Center, VT 05677 Barnes Camp E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (802) 241-8325 L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 4

4 O utstanding M e mbers H onored A t the annual meeting each Presidents Award Recipient: Ted Albers summer, GMCs president Ted is a committed and energetic leader recognizes volunteers who and supporter of the GMC. Some of his have gone above and beyond many contributions include: serving with Presidents Awards. The president as president of the Burlington Section also presents the clubs most prestigious (the clubs largest section); planning and accolade, the Honorary Life Membership organizing the 2015 Annual Meeting; Award, for incomparable contributions representing the Burlington Section on to the club. At the 105th Annual Meet- the board of directors; and supporting ing on June 13, outgoing President Jean GMC fundraising through work on the Haigh had the honor of acknowledging development committee. the following outstanding members: Honorary Life Membership Award Recipient: Matt Wels Matt has spent more than ten years working on Long Trail and Appalachian Trail infrastructure. From restoring the Presidents Award Recipient: historic Stratton Mountain fire tower, Kevin Williamson to constructing the Thundering Falls Boardwalk, to building the new Winooski Kevin is a Northeast Kingdom Section River Footbridge, Matts contributions are member whose passion for hiking in the lasting gifts to future hiking generations. Kingdom is unparalleled. His adventur- His dedication to his craft and workman- ous spirit has led him to the exploration ship, and the longevity of his commit- and development of new trails in the ment to the club made him an obvious area. Off trail, Kevin assists the clubs choice. He is the youngest person ever to publications program by distributing receive this high honor. books and maps around the state. His devotion to the club is apparent to all who work or hike with him, and he has instilled his passion in a new generation of Northeast Kingdom hikers. Presidents Award Recipient: Jim Sullivan Jims allegiance to both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail is unquestion- able. From helping the southern field staff complete important trail projects with strong hands and good humor, to record- ing countless trail coordinates using a GPS receiver, his volunteer work in the field is immeasurable. Matt Wels L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 5

5 Caitlin Miller for the trailhead the next morning. As we hiked, camped, and taught lessons over the next three days, I listened to the diverse perspectives of the participants. Our class included a White Mountain National Forest ranger (our co-instructor), several Appalachian Mountain Club employees preparing for their field sea- sons, an associate professor of adventure education, and a man preparing to head to Mozambique to help open a national park. Leave No Trace meant different things to each participant. For the ranger, the principles guide Forest Service policies; in Mozambique it is hoped they will fos- ter connections between locals and their heritage, livelihood and land; and for a Leave No Trace the woods, and each participant teaches professor of adventure education, the one of the seven principles. principles provide not only a crucial land An Ethic of Best Despite the passion for not step- ping on diapensia I developed as a GMC ethic for future recreation leaders, but a nuanced ethic to examine with a critical Practices caretaker, Leave No Trace education has always been a bit unclear to me. Not the eye. Understanding those applications showed me how LNT helps foster a sense principlesthose are very clear and un- of place in different land users. W derstandablebut how to apply them to The values of each participant high- ere heading to Ethan Pond the varied ecosystems of the Long Trail. lighted the concept that Leave No Trace for our first night out, and When I took over group outreach at GMC is not simply about remembering exactly well definitely run into early in September of 2014, one project what minimum impact skill you can prac- snow. Everyone should have warm socks that fell into my lap was developing a tice in every outdoor situation rather, and boots; waterproof would be best. curriculum for our education program. it is first and foremost an ethic, as Rich My trip leaders warning echoed in Since LNT fits so much of what we do Brame and David Cole put it in NOLS Soft my head as I looked down at the torn up here, it made sense that teaching its prin- Paths. trail runners on my sorry, thinly adorned ciples would be a high priority. The seven principles communicate a feet. I had forgotten my winter hiking Again, the principles are straightfor- broad message, but its everyones respon- boots, and therefore had already missed ward, but what really makes a ground sibility to determine how to apply them the first and, arguably, most important surface in Vermont durable? Why in the backcountry. Minimum impact Leave No Trace (LNT) principle: Plan shouldnt folks use a bit of camp soap? techniques for the desert may not work ahead and prepare. Most importantly, how does LNT pro- in the Northeast. You may want to broad- It was mid-May in New Hampshires mote a sense of place in the mountains of cast wastewater at a low use site, but White Mountains, and I was (not very Vermont? sump it (and pack out food fragments) at thoroughly) preparing to head out on a Heck, I couldnt even remember all an established campground. And even Leave No Trace Master Educator course seven principles without the handy ac- if its May, and just chilly in the valleys, run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. The five-day backcountry course, de- ronym I still use: Pass The Donut Left, My youll most likely want to prepare by signed by the National Outdoor Leader- Righteous Brother. I had no formal train- using boots at higher elevations. Think- ing as an educator, and I knew that to ing of Leave No Trace as an ethic of best ship School (NOLS), was implemented engage an audience with LNT and what practices, rather than seven steadfast in 2004 as the highest tier of Leave No it means in Vermont I would need help. principles, enables you to ask the how Trace education, as an addition to trainer A master educator course seemed like a behind each principle and to make the courses and awareness workshops. great resource to help me teach the seven ethic as variable as the land. Master educator courses explore the principles and instill a wildland ethic in How should I plan ahead and prepare seven Leave No Trace principles in depth, youth, other staff members and hikers for a winter trip, as opposed to summer? while covering different learning styles passing through. How can I respect wildlife in grizzly bear so participants can teach the principles My course mates helped me scrounge country rather than in Vermont? As the effectively. They are intensive clinics in up some loaner boots, and we headed environments where we recreate differ, L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 6

6 our outdoor ethic should adapt to fit con- acronym), I figured there wouldnt be of understanding the ecosystems I hike ditions and deepen our understanding of too much more to this whole LNT thing. through and my role in preserving them. the land. But I not only got an entire book of fun Caitlin Miller, After four days of rain, snow and teaching activities, I came down from Group Outreach Specialist occasional sunshine, I was eager to take the mountains with a whole new way Interested in reading more about Leave a warm shower and return my muddy No Trace? Here are some great resources: boots to rental. However, I was also a Wilderness Ethics by Laura and little sad to be leaving the woods, ending Guy Waterman the eye-opening conversations Id had NOLS Soft Paths by Rich Brame that week. I had gone into the course and David Cole hoping, but not quite expecting, to learn Leave No Trace, more about Leave No Trace. Since I knew https://lnt.org/teach/research the principles (with the help of my handy Pass the Donut stations stewards at frequently visited sites, including the summits of Mount forests, waterways and wildlife. These principles and practices are based on an Left, My Righteous Mansfield, Camels Hump and Mount Abraham; and Stratton Pond, Little Rock enduring respect for nature. Each prin- ciple covers a variety of detailed practices, Brother Pond and Griffith Lake. As backcountry exploration becomes but awareness and good judgment will guide you as you learn to apply them. M ever more popular, people are venturing GMC field staff members spend their ost of us know the Long Trail into remote areas more frequently, some summer and fall seasons immersed in the is the oldest long-distance seeking new extreme opportunities. Oth- woods. Part of what they do is teach and hiking trail in the country. Its ers are travelling deeper into the woods encourage people to follow the seven popularity has grown for 105 years, and in search of solitude and unspoiled principles. Here are a few accounts of today tens of thousands of hikers follow spaces to reconnect with nature. how they have practiced the principles in it annually through some of Vermonts Each of us has an impact. their jobs, what they have observed, and most pristine and fragile ecosystems. The seven Leave No Trace principles, ways you can help reduce your impact Protecting the trail and its sur- managed by the Leave No Trace Center and leave the backcountry healthy and roundings is a major part of the Green for Outdoor Ethics, provide methods to thriving. Mountain Clubs mission. Thus, the club minimize adverse impacts to mountains, Plan Ahead lighters or matches, water treatment systems, warm layers, first aid supplies Meghan Paugh and Prepare and sleeping pads. The deeper into the woods you P venture, the farther from help you go. lan Ahead and Prepare is the one If you have the right gear you will be Leave No Trace principle you can better equipped to handle a backcoun- accomplish before heading into the try emergency situation. And remember, backcountry. By taking time for simple backcountry rescues often leave serious research and thinking through your plan impacts on ecosystems. you can stay safe, happy and healthy, and Keeping the season, time of day and avoid potential problems. your (or your groups) capabilities in As a crew leader, I consider the fol- mind will ensure a safer, more fulfilling lowing: my crew size, our destination, and more enjoyable experience for all. A adverse impact to the area, travel logistics, good experience will connect you to the dietary restrictions and weather, to name wilderness and nurture stewardship and a few. I also seek advice from folks or appreciation for our natural world! trail clubs knowledgeable about the area where we will travel. I make sure we have Meghan Paugh, VLTP Crew Leader 2015 everything needed to spend the night: headlamps, rain jackets, extra snacks, Continued next page L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 7

7 Continued from previous page Travel and John Paul Krol and Cheryl Byrne Camp on Durable Surfaces I remember talking with a former trail crew worker at a shelter during my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I love talking to passionate people, and this worker surely qualified. Learning the nuances of trail work gave me a surge of discovery and wonderment. He didnt dismiss my ignorance, but accepted and valued my questions. I have been working on trails myself in the five years since that encounter. As a GMC caretaker on Camels Hump and Mount Mansfield, I saw the damage caused by walking on fragile vegetation. An isolated step may seem insignificant, but when multiplied by hundreds of hik- Dispose of can help with backcountry sanitation by reading and following instructions posted ers there is significant impact. This season I worked on a trail crew Waste Properly in each outhouse. People are quick to notice when priv- A in the northern Presidential Range of the ies are gross, but its a lot easier to keep fter working a season as the things pleasant if we all dispose of waste White Mountains. Trail stewards take Coolidge Range ridge runner Ive properly. So, use a privy when you can. Leave No Trace principles, like Travel been on the business end of the If there isnt one, dig a cathole, ideally and Camp on Durable Surfaces, to heart. Cooper Lodge privy, affectionately called six inches deep in organic topsoil, well We do our best to define treadways and the Cooper Pooper, more times than I can away from water and trails, and bury keep hikers on rocks rather than potential count. your waste and TP. alpine vegetation sites. We agonize over There is a high volume of traffic from seemingly minor questions. If we put a Jake Chinitz, GMC caretaker day hikers, thru-hikers and K illington rock here, will the step up be too large? Gondola riders coming to check out Will hikers take the easier way, through Cooper Lodge and, of course, use the the vegetation? privy. If I wasnt on top of my game These considerations weigh on us, but and emptying the catcher at least once attention to detail is necessary. Recently a week, the Cooper Pooper smelled real we redefined scree walls and rebuilt gross. cairns guiding hikers and keeping them The Cooper Pooper is a batch-bin on the trail to Madison Springs Hut. We composting privy. Users are asked to hope that in the next few decades patches not urinate in this type of privy because of diapensia and tufts of mountain sand- excess liquid hampers the composting wort will return to damaged areas. process and worsens odor. Unfortunately, We all go to the woods for inspiration. there was always a lot of urine and trash By doing our best to preserve the beauty in the catcher. I did my best to add around us we can honor nature, and her enough bark mulch to soak up the liquid beauties will be returned to us with a and to transfer the waste into rapidly deeper sweetness. filling cans outside. John Paul Krol, Proper disposal is essential to pro- Former GMC Caretaker tect the woods. Thats why the GMC has developed types of composting privies Jake Chinitz suited to different types of sites. Hikers L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 8

8 Leave manager, Im torn. Weve all seen itthe giant fire ring filled with half-charred What You Find green wood and scorched tinfoil. More than 200,000 people hike on the A Long Trail System each year, and many s kids my brother and I burned campsites are stripped of firewood. The every hour of daylight in the only alternative until recently was to use woods in our free time. We ex- a gas cook stove for meals and hot drinks. plored, collected, and made discoveries In these times of changing climate and di- thatkept usintrigued and comingback. minishing fossil fuel supplies that answer Even as kids we knew litter didnt is not as supportable as it once was. belong there. It was dirty and gross, Fortunately there is a new generation something adults had done. They were of backpacking cook stoves that burn Cheryl Byrne our woods, and we respected them. So small quantities and pieces of wood we did what kids do, and picked up cleanly and efficiently. They are a great trash when it ruined the magic of our take the piece of white quartz sitting on that ledge. Leave them for others to enjoy. alternative to gas cook stoves or camp- place. We vowed to never be that kind of fires, and they have low impacts on the grownup. If youre on the trail, you love the places the trail takes you. They are so un- environment. Just remember not to cook Fast forward twenty years, and I find in shelters, on picnic tables or tent plat- myself in a profession taking care of the like everywhere else in our frontcountry lives. Take care of the backcountry, and forms! Long Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Fires are prohibited at some campsites, Northern Presidential Range of the White leave it the magical place it should be. where the forest is fragile and growth and Mountains. I have also taught others to be Cheryl Byrne, regrowth are slow. Other sites have desig- good backcountry caretakers. Former GMC Field Assistant nated fire rings. If you decide to make a Usually when I set out to hike, an- fire, build it no larger than necessary, use ticipation looms over me. Maybe I will see glittery sparkles of mica specks, the Minimize dead and downed wood, keep the wood small (wrist size or smaller), and burn it sheen of wet rock, the vibrant greens of bud break, the rich hues of fall, a single Campfire Impacts completely to ash if you can. I appreciate the flexibility that this A polka dot feather, theoccasional wild Leave No Trace principle affords, and nyone who knows me knows I flower, the layers of texture and character the new technology and techniques that love fire. There is nothing I enjoy that lichens give sheer rock. enable us, where permitted, to enjoy fires more than a campfire, the occa- This beauty does catch my eye, but responsibly. sional small bonfire or putting my feet I also spot micro trash along the trail, up in front of a woodstove. The GMC Pete Antos-Ketcham, GMC Director around shelters and in outhouses; names supports the use of wood as a low-carbon of Land and Facilities Management and dates carved into shelter walls, renewable energy source. But as a trail Continued next page bunks, tables and old beautiful beech trees; rogue campfires on rock outcrops; and not-so-stealthycampsites just a few Pete Antos-Ketcham feet from the trail. POOF! Heartsink. Yanked from my whimsical state, I stop to pick up shiny bits of trash. When I pop in on a random shelter or stop at a familiar or favorite spot, my eyes automatically scan the floor (recently swept?), shelves-bunks-table (useless junk left behind?), log book (have the pages been graffitied or torn out and burned?), fire ring (are fires allowed here? And why are people still amused by try- ing to burn aluminum and glass?). Of course, trash is not the only way to ruin a place. Dont pick that lady slipper, dont bust the fungus off that tree, dont L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 9

9 Continued from previous page Kim Rosenbaum Be Considerate of Other Visitors B eing considerate on the trail isnt always easy. As with any other Leave No Trace principle, there are differing schools of thought. For the most part, it means adhering to the golden rule and extending common courtesy. Your personal bubble should never become an atmosphere that absorbs others. If your music, smoking, language, proximityor really, anythingis hin- dering someone elses wilderness experi- ence, you should take that into consider- ation. There are few absolute rules when it comes to enjoying the backcountry, but rather much unspoken etiquette. A few examples: yielding the right- of-way, keeping your music to yourself, not crowding a strangers site, and my personal favoriteacknowledgement. It isnt in the LNT list of principles, but simply acknowledging a passerby is one Respect Wildlife deserve our respect, especially as we move through the places they call home. of the most considerate things you can do in a four-second interaction on the trail. I Whether in the city or the wild, I try to Just a simple Hi, Howdy, or Happy havent had any big dramatic wildlife be as mindful as possible. Its about liv- trails! can make a big difference. moments, like rescuing a baby bear ing with a heart of kindness. The more When you notice someone crossing stuck up a tree while mama bear we do it, the easier and more habitual it the line into discourtesy, it is best to watches (dont try this). But I have had becomes. address it subtly. Nobody wants to be many small encounters, all instilling an lectured, and youd probably prefer not to ever deeper sense of my responsibility to Kim Rosenbaum, Former Southern Field Assistant be thought of as that guy. the wild things I meet. I am the girl who will stop and prod Adam Joseph, GMC Caretaker any living thing off the trail, encourag- ing it to move to a safer spot. Recently, I came across a snake lying across the trail in the worst, most vulnerable position of having recently swallowed another snake about its same size. This garter snake had ingested about half of the other snake, headfirst, its mid-body and tail hanging out of the victors mouth. I gazed upon this sight in wonder for a few moments, and saw the snake watching me, assessing whether he himself was doomed, unable to fight or move. I bid him farewell and moved on quickly, not wanting to cause him further stress, this time knowing that attempting to move him along would have been the most disruptive thing I could do. The animals we encounter in the Adam Joseph woods are unique individuals that L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 10

10 Adventurous Women Learn Backcountry Skills Two groups of women, led by GMC field staff Ilana Copel, Camille Robertson, Emily Benning, and Caitlin Miller, set out for an overnight backpacking workshop on the Long Trail this summer. N ot just any hiker decides to carry several days of food and gear, set up a tent, sleep through whatever weather develops, wake up, and do it all again. This June, however, I spent the weekend with six women who were learning to do just that. Camille Robertson (2012, 13, 15 field staff) and I co-led a one-night introduc- tory backpacking workshop to Beaver Meadow Lodge, just east of the Sterling Range. Our group ranged in age from led us to one of the weekends major pee rag, we proclaimed that you proudly the late twenties to the early fifties. It takeaway messages: with practice, each tie it on your pack to dry in the sun as included a New Yorker and a retired camp stove dinner is less stressful, each your personal pee flag until you can schoolteacher, both planning Long Trail tent setup is smoother, and each muddy, toss it into the laundry with the rest of thru-hikes; an ice climber looking for a rocky, glorious step is taken a little more your hiking clothes. hiking network; a Senatorial aide wishing confidently. At this point everyone was laughing to gain map and planning skills; and a Backpacking requires proper planning outright. We had opened the door for a pair of young women inspired by their and preparation, but is a sport open to shameless weekend of excellent ques- significant others. any age, experience level, andof course tions about sensitive women-specific Needless to say, we had a lot to talk gender. Camille and I had a blast working issues while in the woods, as well as gear about. There were the basics (What to with everyone, and we look forward to selection, packing, Leave No Trace prin- pack! How to pack it!) and the endless seeing them on the trail! ciples and backcountry safety. Everyone gear options (Which stove? Which water Ilana Copel, GMC Caretaker emerged from the woods a bit dirtier, treatment method?), but on this trip we more confident and increasingly comfort- also covered topics often glossed over, I m not usually a fan of bribes. But able with themselves and proudly such as backpacking while menstruat- I could tell the trip leaders were flying their pee flags high. ing, picking healthy trail food, and safety when hitchhiking alone. instantly more popular with our Emily Benning, Our group was enthusiastic, energeti- intro-level overnight class as we spread a Southern Field Assistant cally reviewing equipment, brainstorm- field of brightly colored bandanas across ing methods of finding hiking partners, the picnic table. The women laughed as and even setting a bear hang to protect they divided the array of zebra print, tie- their food. They were also inspiringly dyed and neon camo cotton fabric among honest, voicing concerns about slowing themselves and thanked us for the gift down others in hiking clubs, encounter- until we told them the bandanas werent ing ill-intentioned strangers, or simply to make fashion statements. smelling terrible a week into the woods. Looks of horror crossed the faces of Over a campfire we talked about why more than a few as I explained that we women might feel or be made to feel were doling out pee rags, an eco- physically or emotionally uncomfort- friendly alternative to toilet paper for able on the trail, as well as methods of doing number one in the woods. Initial overcoming or taking action in response shock turned to cautious giggles as we to discomfort. told them that wiping with a pee rag Before walking out in the morning, rather than drip drying reduces chaf- we discussed what skills wed gained and ing, the risk of urinary tract infections how wed apply them in the future. A and other unpleasantries associated with recurring sentiment was the desire for ev- wearing the same shorts for three days. erything to become second nature, which When asked what you did with a damp L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 11

11 1 2 Autumn Water 5 1 Unknown location: Sheri Larsen 2 Ritterbush Pond: Chris Diegel 3 Big Branch: Matt Larson 4 Lye Brook Falls: Charles C. Helfer 5 Wheeler Pond: Megan Duni 6 Belvidere Pond: Charles C. Helfer 7 Hell Brook: Chris Diegel 8 Nebraska Notch: Chris Diegel 9 Little Rock Pond: Matt Larson L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 12 7

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13 Field Notes Caretakers: This fall our caretaker s ummer, and to work on Bolton Lodge in Breadloaf Wilderness near Ripton. Mem- rogram is covering all of the usual high- p the fall. The Winooski River Footbridge bership in the 21st Century Conserva- use sites, including Griffith Lake thanks and northern Long Trail relocation on tion Service Corps helps the club employ to some additional financial help from Stimson Mountain are open to hikers. The youth work crews and build a stronger some members of the GMC Trail Man- former Long Trail between Jonesville and link between outdoor recreation and agement Committee. We are also help- Bolton Notch Road is now a blue-blazed Americas youth. ing the Green Mountain National Forest side trail. Northeast Kingdom Trails: The North- monitor visitor use and camping in the Green Mountain National Forest: We are woods Stewardship Centers trail crew Lye Brook Wilderness by stationing a catching up on our shelter maintenance spent three weeks cutting the Unknown caretaker at Branch and Bourn Ponds. We backlog on the Green Mountain National Pond Trail from Route 114 in Norton to are planning improvements to the Branch Forest, and plan to do roof work on Unknown Pond as part of the Kingdom Pond Trail to minimize impacts to the Boyce, Sucker Brook and Story Spring Heritage Lands trail system. The club watershed, and we are working with the Shelters. With funding from the Appa manages the system in cooperation with University of Vermont to help learn about lachian Trail Conservancy we will replace the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks illegal motorized access into Glastenbury the composting privy drying rack at and Recreation. Our goal is to complete Wilderness. Stratton Pond Shelter. Other improve- the trail system from Bluff Mountain Long Trail Patrol: The LTP is focusing on ments to the Stratton Pond area are in the north to Gore Mountain in the next ten additional drainage and trail hardening to works. The major ones are more camping years. high use side trails. and waste management capacity near the Volunteers: We remain indebted to volun- Were preparing to relocate another shelter, and closing the North Shore Trail, teers who regularly mark and brush the mile of Long Trail road walk in Bolton which is repeatedly flooded. Long Trail through the hiking season, as onto Camels Hump State Park. The trail Volunteer Long Trail Patrol: The VLTP is well as clear drainage and perform spring will run along the Winooski River south working on the Long Trail on the Peru and fall walk-throughs. They are essen- of the new bridge between the river Peak-Styles Peak ridge, and on reopen- tial to managing the Long Trail and the and farm fields. We will build stiles to ing the East Dorset Trail. The East Dorset Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Thank you cross electric fences where needed. Trail Trail leads east uphill along a stream for your dedication and patience as we scouting south of Duxbury Road will be toward Mad Tom Notch. Tropical Storm strive to both provide good maintenance done with the Montpelier Section to see Irene severely damaged the stream valley, of our trails and campsites, and improve whether more of the trail can be relocated but we are confident a trail can lead from the tracking of volunteer hours. Accu- into the woods near the Long Trail park- U.S. Route 7 in the Battenkill Valley to the rately reporting volunteer time is impor- ing lot at the base of Bamforth Ridge. Long Trail at Mad Tom Notch. tant to our partners, and is required for Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp: We Because the GMC field staff is part our participation in Americorps and the are acquiring permits to proceed with of the 21st Century Conservation Service 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. camp renovations in Bolton. We hope to Corps we were able to get funding from Dave Hardy, start work on Bryant Camp during the the U.S. Forest Service for additional Director of Trail Programs MATT SHEA work on the East Dorset Trail and in the Long Trail Patrol l-r: Mike Kearns, Gabe Haug, Sorrel Dunn, Sarah Kotnik, Max Crystal L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 14

14 2015 Field Staff Back row l-r: Kevin Hudnell, Kurt Melin, Emma Link, Sarah Kotnik, Dave Hardy (GMC Director of Trail Programs), Marla Davidson, Rachel Masoud, Darcy Anderson, Elisabeth Fenn, Camille Robertson, Sorrel Dunn, David Castrignano, Peter Weck, Megan Paugh, Tim Elkin, Amelia Williams, Steve Desaulniers, Matt Shea Front row l-r: Michael Lawrence, Jonathan Feldman, Sabory Huddle, Justin Towers, Mike Kearns, Carly Schneider, Ilana Copel, Gabe Haug, Jack Minich, Max Crystal, Emily Benning, Jake Chinitz, James Robertson, Caitlin Miller, Dana Passman, Daley Matthews-Pennanen Front, front row: Adam Joseph Missing: Hugh and Jeanne Joudry Autumn Colors H iking in Vermont is one of the tween tree and leaf; and 2) creates a clean In fall, as the abscission layer forms, best ways to watch the beauti- breaking point that enables the leaf to the production of chlorophyll slows, then ful ritual of death and renewal harmlessly fall from the tree once its work stops. Without the production of chlo- as trees prepare for winter and the next is done. rophyll, the green fades rapidly (imagine growing season. The kaleidoscope of To understand where fall colors come a piece of colored paper left out in the color we enjoy so much is the result of from, we need to know why leaves are sun) and the yellow, orange, and blue chemical changes to leaves of deciduous green to begin with. The green color pigments become visible. trees, which shed their leaves or needles comes from chlorophylla light absorb- We get red and purple pigments annually. ing pigment in plants that is used in the from sugars trapped in the dying leaves. While multiple factors both inside the process of converting sunlight to food. Brown pigments come from tannins. plant (for instance, nutrients and acidity) Chlorophyll absorbs certain wavelengths Theyre what remain after all of the other and in the environment (such as tempera- of visible lightreds and yellowsand pigments break down (picture brown oak ture, moisture and sunlight) contribute reflects others. The green we see is the or beech leaves rustling in cold winter to the duration and color of foliage, day wavelength reflected from the leaves. winds). length is the primary signal that Each year the process be- summer is over and its time to gins anew. We are fortunate prepare for winter. When days in Vermont to witness this shorten you and I buy firewood amazing blast of foliage color and get out our warmer layers. that is part of the necessary Deciduous trees start a process and natural cycle of renewal called senescencethe dying in our forests. phase of leaves. Mike DeBonis Cells between the leaf and stem begin to expand rapidly, Mike is a forester and forming a corky abscission Executive Director of the layer that serves two purposes: Green Mountain Club NIKA MEYERS 1) it blocks the flow of water, minerals, and nutrients be- L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 15

15 Hiker Impacts: When Leaving Footprints is Too Much M ount Mansfield has a long and glorious history of exploration. From intrepid botanists collecting veg- etative samples in the nineteenth century, to Summit House guests going for an evening stroll to Balancing Rock, to the 50,000 hikers who reached the ridgeline last summer, Mansfield sees a lot of use. Directing that use onto trails and durable surfaces is the job of the summit care- Figure 1: This shows the arrangement of camera and meter-board at Transect 1. This is the taker. My job this summer is to see how set-up from 2004. Having these reference photos helps in recreating the original images. theyve been doing. As a quick refresher, the basic prem- ise of this study is to duplicate photos taken along the ridgeline of Mount Mansfield in 2004. (Figure 1 shows the camera and meter board set up for a tran- sect photo.) These locations were chosen because they showed distinct evidence of trampling. These sites were just off the side of the marked trail, and at least 2004 2015 partially denuded of vegetation. The question is, how do these sites look now? Figure 2: Transect 1, located just north of the Halfway House trail junction. The answer is: excellent. Many of the sites show dramatic increases in vegeta- tive cover. Figure 2 shows one of the more impressive recoveries. What used to be an off-trail shortcut is now home to many species of alpine vegetation, including crinkled hair grass, brown- ish sedge, spiked woodrush and alpine bilberry. But that is not the whole story. Some sites, like the one shown in Figure 3, show little to no recovery. Why this is the case, and how we can encourage vegeta- tive growth in these areas in the future, is 2004 2015 the next challenge. As the summer progresses, Ill move Figure 3: Quadrat 4b, which is located just north of Frenchman's Pile. on from taking photos to analyzing them. It is likely that site conditions have an influence on recovery. Do wetter spots well have a handful of solid theories that sites like Figure 3 into regrowth success recover more quickly than dryer areas? Is can be used to influence future caretak- stories. the distance from the visitor center or the ing efforts. Elisabeth Fenn, blazed trail a factor? Could the type of So next time youre on an alpine sum- GMC Research Coordinator trail management have an effect? Per- mit, remember that those string lines and haps areas with puncheon recover more low scree walls have a purpose. Help us This project was made possible thanks quickly. I hope patterns will begin to protect alpine vegetation, and maybe in to generous grants from the Lintilhac emerge, and that by the end of the season another decade we will have changed Foundation and the Waterman Fund. L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 16

16 Club Closes on Headwaters Camp M any years ago Luke cleared of snow and in good OBrien, president order. He offered advice on our of the Northeast trail route and wetaking into Kingdom Section consideration much of his advice and director of trails and develop- and wisdom on the area around ment for the Northwoods Stew- Middle Mountain and Unknown ardship Center, took me to visit Pondincorporated many of his Unknown Pond and Headwaters hunting trails into our route. Camp, a very rustic one-room Later Norm gave the GMC the hunting camp. opportunity to include the camp We were in the middle of as well as the pond as integral what seemed to be nowhereno components of the new trail sys- houses, no electricity, and few tem, by deciding to sell it to us. roads. But nowhere was actually His decision did not come easily, Averys Gore, a remote uninhab- for the camp exemplifies who he ited and unorganized township. is. Norm partnered with the club And Headwaters Campso called because he wanted someone he because Unknown Pond holds the head- article about the Kingdom Heritage Lands could count on to care for the camp with waters of the Nulhegan Riversits at the for the Long Trail News. He received a the same respect and love as he had for so southern base of Middle Mountain. I was surprised response from Norm Grearson, many years. The sale closed on May 29, smitten at first sight. the camp owner. 2015, at GMC headquarters. The club will The camp was built in the early 1970s The piece talked about the goal to make improvement this year to prepare by the Stevens family of Island Pond. connect the Bluff and Gore trails over the camp for overnight use. According to Ross Stevens, director of the Middle Mountain, and included a route Headwaters Camp joins four other conservation corps for the Northwoods map, says Luke. A few weeks later I re- camps under GMC management: Bolton Stewardship Center, the camp was built ceived a handwritten letter from Norman Lodge, Bryant Camp, and two cabins of lumber from a shed once attached to stating: It appears the trail goes through at Wheeler Pond. A GMC Camps Com- his multi-generation family home, with my front yard, and I would like to talk mittee now works with staff to support rafters cut on site. to you about it. I was nervous, and our camps programs, and is working The GMC had just become the cor- didnt know what to expect, but sitting to establish systems for effective camp ridor manager for hiking trails in the at my kitchen table looking at maps and management, including management Kingdom Heritage Lands (formerly discussing plans, he told me, Im not an plans, budgets and volunteer leadership Champion Lands), and was scouting a adversary, Im an advocate ... and I would capacity. JOCELYN HEBERT new hiking trail over Middle Mountain like to help. near the camp. Once we decided to route Norman did indeed help. And in Jean Haigh, NEK Section Director the trail past the camp, Luke wrote an return, we helped him keep the camp Unknown Pond L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 17

17 Bridge crew and former field staff members Ollie Winooski River Footbridge Opening Celebration below: Eleven Green Mountain Club presidents and three executive directors posing for group photo at the Winooski River Footbridge opening celebration on June 12, 2015. L-R: Dennis Shaffer (ED), Joe Frank, Brian Fitzgerald, Kim Simpson, Paul Hannon, Rolf Anderson, Mike DeBonis (ED), Marty Lawthers, Andrew Nuquist, Richard Windish, Marge Fish, Jean Haigh, John Page, Ben Rose (ED) PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHERI LARSEN AND JOCELYN HEBERT L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 18

18 Daan Zwick crossing the bridge 1930s GMC caretaker Daan Zwick painting blaze on bridge Senator Dick Mazza and President Jean Haigh cutting the ribbon Former board member and project supporter Paul Kendall crossing the bridge L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 19

19 Trail Mix Field staff on bridge We Couldnt Have Done it Without You! S ecuring a permanent Long Trail GMCs bridge crew: Matt Wels, Sam GMCs 9,500 members and fourteen crossing of the Winooski River Parisi, Kurt Melin, and Pat OBrien sections in Bolton has been a goal of the The State of Vermont GMCs staff: Ben Rose, Susan Shea, Green Mountain Club for more The Town of Bolton Bob Lincoln, Maisie Howard, Pete than one hundred years. Because of the Antos-Ketcham, Dave Hardy and many Vermonts Congressional delegation support of our friends and partners, this others, past and present goal has been accomplished! Governor Howard Dean, Senator Dick Mazza, the late Senator Robert The GMC Board of Directors and Thank you to everyone who helped us other volunteers, including especially succeed: Gannett, and all of our friends in the Vermont Legislature Kim Simpson, chair of the GMC Land Engineers Construction Inc. (ECI) who Protection Committee, and its members helped build the bridge Daan Zwick for his anchor gift, and our 1,400 other generous supporters All the other generous supporters Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), and partners who made this project for their gifts our bridge engineers possible Kleinhans Construction and Welding End of an Era: Jill Haas Leaves GMC J ill Haas walked through GMCs door as a volunteer in 2000. Shortly after, she accepted a part-time position as membership and fundraising clerk. reports and anything else that required a long, accurate list made it out the door on schedule. She was the timekeeper, the big picture person, the glue. We said goodbye to Jill in late July after On Thursdays Jill would emerge from fifteen years of unwavering dedication, her office, leaving the spreadsheets and when she left to pursue semi-retirement, queries behind, and spend much of the travel and new opportunities. day working with the regular office vol- GMC has been enriched by many unteers. There was a lot of storytelling people who distinguished themselves by and laughter, often led by Jill. We know leaving physical marks on our trails. Jill she will miss them as much as they, and enriched us by making her mark within the rest of the staff, will miss her. the organization. Eventually she became Jill, when you hear the phantom cow our full time database manager, support- bell ring at noon on Thursdays, remem- ing and guiding the clubs ever-growing Jill Haas and Doris Washburn ber, not only is it lunchtime, but we will membership and development depart- be thinking of you. Thank you and we mentsarguably two of the most impor- flawless. If something in the system went wish you the best! tant areas in the organization. amiss, she fixed itimmediately! An Jills attention to detail and high efficient organizer, she ensured that bulk The entire Green Mountain standards have made our database nearly mailings, the Long Trail News, section Club community L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 0

20 Trail Mix Family Time on the Trail Top Ten Ways A lison and D errick Whritenour, members of the to Support GMC! Burlington Sec- tion, have been hiking on 1. Join the Green Mountain Club; ask the Long Trail system with friends to join, too. their daughter, Mabel, who 2. Volunteer on the trail, at events or at is eighteen months old. They club headquarters in Waterbury Center. explained why they enjoy it and its value to their family. 3. Adopt a section of the Long Trail System, We love to spend time or a shelter or tent site. together as a family, and enjoy fresh air on the Long 4. Ask your employer to match your Trail away from our day-to- membership and annual contributions. day lives. We started taking Mabel when she was seven 5. Shop at the GMC Visitor Center in months old, and she loves it! Waterbury Center or on our web store. We try our best to get out 6. Patronize GMC business members that on the trails every weekend support the work of the club. when the weather permits, but of course we are on Mabel 7. Give the gift of membership for a special toddler time, so we need to occasion. be flexible. We hope that by introducing our daughter to this at an early age she will develop an 8. Include a bequest to GMC in your will. appreciation for nature and realize how fortunate she is to live in such a beautiful environment. This was a big reason for relocating our family from 9. Memorialize a loved one or role model: New Jersey to Vermont! celebrate their appreciation for Vermonts Nebraska Notch is one of our favorite trails, because there are so many mountains with a gift in their name. great views and different things to look at. Mabel loves spending time in Butler and Taylor Lodgesweeping and opening the windows are great 10. Donate stock, property, or other assets entertainment for her. We think she thinks its a giant play house. to the club as a tax-deductible gift. Hiking with a toddler is definitely an adventure. You have to be pre- pared for the unexpected. There are days when we worry we are packing too much, but then it is 30 degrees at the top of the trail Thank You Publications and we are happy we had that Committee Members winter hat and fleece. For us, W patience is key. Especially now ith new editions of The Long Trail End- that our daughter is becoming to-Enders Guide and 50 Hikes in Vermont more independent, she wants released this past spring, we would like to to explore more on her own, thank the volunteers that helped make the produc- which often means stopping to tion of these books possible, especially Rebecca look at every single flower and Harvey and Steve Airoldi for editing the End-to- rock along the way. Its so fun Enders Guide and Doug McKain for editing 50 Hikes to watch her as she grows, and in Vermont.Both of these books are available on our to see what she is interested in. online store, www.greenmountainclub.org, or at the While our pace may be slower visitor center store in Waterbury Center. now, we know she is getting Matt Krebs, more out of the experience. Publications Coordinator L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 21

21 Volunteers Petra Halsema and Ben Lange Adopters of the Sterling Pond Trail maintainers and what Pond is one of the most popular trails in inspires them to vol- the area. People are often curious about unteer. what were doing, so we try to do a little Leave No Trace education while were out How did you learn there, too. about the Green Mountain Club? What is the best part of being trail We first learned adopters? about the GMC while Having an excuse to get out on the trail as planning to hike the much as possible! Long Trail. We used the GMCs End-to- Has the experience of adopting a Enders Guide and the section of trail changed how you view Long Trail map, both the trail? of which were invalu- Before adopting the Sterling Pond Trail, able planning tools. we were far less conscious of how much We joined the GMC effort the GMC and its volunteers expend after we finished hik- in keeping the trails open. Like many ing the LT in 2008. people, we assumed that the only work went into signs and cabins and the trails What was your first T sort of took care of themselves. We now he Green Mountain Club is experience on the Long Trail and how realize that its a gargantuan task. able to maintain the Long did it inspire you? Trail thanks largely to the Our first experience with the Long Trail Apart from the section of trail you work of devoted volunteers. was hiking it from end to end the summer maintain, what other areas of Vermont Motivated by love of mountains and before Petra entered law school. It was and the Long Trail do you like to trails, these are people who literally arent our longest backpacking trip (so far!) and explore? afraid to get their hands dirty. They one of the most challenging things either We love the mountains in the Worcester brave rain and blazing sun, mud and of us had ever done. It was a wonderful Range and the Northeast Kingdom. In mosquitoes (as well as the completion way to explore our new home state. We winter, we enjoy skiing the Bolton back- of trail and shelter reports!), to keep the still have vivid memories of our days on country, and have been exploring the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail avail- the trail and the people we met along the Catamount Trail. able to the public. Our volunteers are way. We hope to hike it again one day. passionate people, typically moved to Would you recommend the volunteer donate their time following a meaningful What made you volunteer as adopters? experience to someone else? experience on the trail. After hiking the LT, we became interested Absolutely. The staff and volunteers at Petra Halsema and Ben Lange are two in trail work. It seemed like a fun way to GMC are a wonderful group of people, such volunteers. After living elsewhere give back and learn some new skills. and its a great way to get outdoors! for several years, they returned to Vermont seven years ago so Petra could How did you learn to do trail work? Thanks, Petra and Ben, for your hard attend Vermont Law School and Ben We didnt have any experience doing trail work! the UVM School of Medicine. Today work prior to volunteering. The book Jenny Montagne, Membership they call central Vermont home, and provided by GMC got us started. GMCs and Volunteer Coordinator belong to the GMCs Montpelier Sec- trail adopter workshop brought the con- tion. After an end-to-end Long Trail hike If you are interested in volunteering or cepts to life. they adopted the Sterling Pond Trail, a learning more about the GMCs Trail and side trail leading from Route 108 to the When youre maintaining this trail, what Shelter Adopter program, please contact Long Trail, through the clubs Trail and do you spend most of your time doing? Jenny Montagne, [email protected] Shelter Adopter Program. We asked Petra mountainclub.org. and Ben about their experience as trail We spend a lot of time clearing water bars and trying to reduce erosion. Sterling L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 2

22 VLTP Progress Report T he Volunteer while others demucked Long Trail Patrol the trail and improved crushed rock drainage. and scooped Passing hikers en- pounds of mud for three thusiastically thanked weeks on the Long Trail/Ap- us, and commented on palachian Trail in Peru Peak Vermonts beauty. At Wilderness in the Green lunch we filled tortillas Mountain National Forest. with personal concoc- From France to Russia to tions of peanut butter, Tennessee we came in search cheese, pepperoni, tuna, of stewardship, adventure, hummus, cucumber (ob- learning and fun. We were viously not all one torti- blessed with clear skies lla!); posed riddles; and most days, comfortable tem- enjoyed the solitude and peratures, and Griffith Lake stillness of the wilder- just a half mile away. ness. Afternoons were Bagels, oatmeal, Nutella, much like mornings. coffee and hot chocolate Each afternoon we sealed began the day. Then it was Volunteer Long Trail Patrol the project by filling up, up, up about eight hun- holes, setting rocks and dred feet to an intoxicating fluffing vegetation to evergreen-scented breeze at the 3,429- harden a fairly level treadway in use for camouflage our quarry trails. We relaxed foot summit of Peru Peak, a commute that almost a century! Step one was find- at evening in the bliss that follows hard got our blood pumping and warmed us ing glacial remnantsreminiscent of work, with countless card games and for the workday. As we approached our blackboard slatehiding in the woods. A swims in Griffith Lake. blue-tarp-burrito tool cache, we placed double-jack sledge hammer, our new best We laid more than two hundred bets on how many slugs had made tempo- friend, smashed each rock with one blow. square feet of crush fill, set thirteen step rary homes in our GMC hard hats. We ran the crush station all day; crush stones, cleared many drains, built a two- Tools in hand, we hiked a half mile was in high demand. Some of the crew step staircase, and generally maintained along the Peru Peak-Styles Peak ridge to quarried rocks in the spruce-fir forest, almost a mile of trail. The commitment, heart and passion of our volunteers was astounding and inspiring. I feel honored V olunteer P icnic to have done such meaningful, lasting and honest work with these folks, and I Save the Date! thank them for the chance to experience their overwhelmingly giving nature. Im C alling all Green Mountain Club volunteers for a day of food, entertain- also grateful for the beautiful weather, ment by local bluegrass musicians Two Cents in the Till, and celebra- and for a firmer trail that will keep hik- tion. Whether youre a lifetime volunteer or just starting out with the ers feet just a little drier! club, youre invited to attend our annual volunteer appreciation picnic at the Next stop for the VLTP is East Dorset, GMC Headquarters in Waterbury Center this fall. Come share a meal with other where we will build a new trail along volunteers as we honor your accomplishments and give thanks for all of your Mad Tom Brook. With cascades, smooth hard work. We look forward to seeing you in September! beech trees and swimming holes galore, I am sure there will be many joyful, Please RSVP to [email protected] celebratory and enlightening moments by Friday, September 18. ahead! Who: GMCs amazing volunteers! Where: GMC Headquarters, Waterbury Center Meghan Paugh, Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Crew Leader When: Saturday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m. L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 23

23 MEET THE STAFF Pete Antos-Ketcham has Maureen Davis is an infor- more than twenty-two years mation specialist in the visi- of experience in backcoun- tor center. A native Rhode try facility and long-dis- Islander, she grew up sail- tance hiking trail manage- ing and beachcombing. She ment. His role at GMC has has relocated often around morphed from caretaker to the U.S., and has worked for field supervisor to educa- several different nonprofit tion coordinator. Today organizations. Maureen en- he is director of land and joys spending time outside facilities management, and and is a Certified Naturalist, oversees the management avid gardener, hiker and and protection of 35,000 walker of her two dogs. In acres of Long Trail and the winter she snowshoes Appalachian Trail lands in Vermont. Pete lives on a five-acre or Nordic skis, then retreats indoors for a cup of tea and a good homestead in Starksboro with his wife Katie and their twins book, or to work on her fabric art creations. She has raised two Bailey and Carter. daughters, and lives with her husband Mike in Morristown. After three seasons caretak- Mike DeBonis returned to ing and leading the GMC his home state to join the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, GMC staff as executive Emily Benning is now the director in 2014. Before that southern field assistant. he was executive director of Shes in the woods every the Forest Guild, a national day, and only knows its a organization of professional day off if she makes it more foresters. In 1996 Mike than eight hours without completed a southbound shoveling out a compost- AT thru-hike, and in 2004 ing privy. Emily has all of he completed the Long a plant science degree from Trail. Today he spends his Cornell University, and most spare time fixing things that of an illustration degree rust and leak oil; current from Lyndon State College; projects include a 1958 VW single cab bus and a 1971 BSA she hopes to finish her second degree someday, but secretly motorcycle. Mike, his wife Jennifer and their two dogs live in enjoys being both an Ivy League graduate and an art school Moretown. dropout. Alicia DiCocco joined the Jason Buss held a variety of staff as director of develop- positions before becoming ment in 2014. She came to GMCs business manager. GMC from Spectrum Youth He was director of finance and Family Services, where and technology at the she was database manager Vermont Youth Conserva- and development coordi- tion Corps, harvest manager nator. She got her start in at Jericho Settlers Farm, an development at Boston instructor with the UVM University while volun- Farmer Training Program, teering with their commu- and site manager at the nity service center. Alicia School for Field Studies moved to Vermont from in the Turks and Caicos Colorado with her husband Islands. A gardener and Shay three years ago, and former farmer, he maintains loves living in the Green two garden plots, and raises chickens in the city of Burlington, Mountains and spending time outdoors with her one-year-old where he lives with his partner Carrie. daughter. L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 4

24 MEET THE STAFF Jennifer Abolins Donley is Matt Krebs manages GMCs manager of the visitor cen- operations and publications. ter, where she often greets He has worked at the club guests with Hello, Doll! for more than six years as She grew up a military brat, an information specialist, primarily in Georgia, Texas, stewardship assistant and Pennsylvania and Germany, interim business manager and graduated from the Col- as well as his current job. lege of William and Mary. As a father of three he has a A passionate sports fan, she passion for getting kids out enjoys soccer, basketball, on the trail. He loves great hiking and cycling. She is adventures, and his have a fifteen-year season ticket included thru-hiking both holder of the Pittsburgh the Appalachian and Long Steelers. A second generation Latvian American, Jennifer also Trails. These days he may enjoys travel and spending time with her eight nieces and neph- be found playing ultimate duck-duck-goose with his wife and ews. She lives in Stowe with her cat Pouncey and husband Ross. three children at home in Craftsbury. Dave Hardy has been main- Caitlin Miller is a New taining trails since the 1970s, Hampshire native who at- starting in New Hamp- tended Bishops University shires White Mountains. in Sherbrooke, Quebec. She He joined GMC as southern worked two field seasons field assistant in 1992, and as a GMC caretaker be- has been director of trail fore becoming the clubs programs since 1999. A AmeriCorps-supported lifelong hiker, he thru-hiked group outreach special- the Long Trail in 1982, and ist. She works with groups has bagged countless peaks planning to use the Long throughout the Northeast. Trail, teaching them ways to He has been employed as an minimize their impact, and engineer, cook, baker and heads the clubs education trail program director. He also wins an occasional ribbon for his programs. Caitlin is an avid homebrewed beer. Dave lives at the foot of the Worcester Range hiker, backpacker, dog petter and creamee enthusiast. She is with his wife Carol and a small herd of cats. also a devotee of cajoling her boyfriend into marathon-watching television series with her. Jocelyn Hebert became edi- tor of the Long Trail News Jenny Montagne is our in 2013. After a Long Trail membership and volunteer thru-hike in 2010 she decid- coordinator. She answers ed to reinvent herself, and membership questions, left a twenty-year career as a plans outreach initiatives, Vermont real estate appraiser supports GMCs fourteen behind. Now a two-time sections, and keeps track of Long Trail end-to-ender, she the clubs extensive volun- spends her free time hiking, teer base. She enjoys meet- photographing Vermonts ing and working with such mountains, tending her a fiercely dedicated group of perennial garden, working outdoorspeople, and finding on her 1880s home, spend- creative ways to communicate the mission of the club to the ing time in Alaska with family, and seeking new adventures and people of Vermont and beyond. In her free time Jenny enjoys challenges. Jocelyn is a Vermont native and lives in Calais. swimming in the Mad River, painting watercolor landscapes, and reading in the sun. She and her husband Ryan live in More- Kevin Hudnell See Journeys End column on page 31. town with their two feline friends Willy and Jane. L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 25

25 Sections Section Directory Bennington Montpelier Section Maintenance: Harmon Hill to Glastenbury Mountain President: Martha Stitelman, (802) 442-0864 Spontaneous applause greeted the E-mail: [email protected] GMC and the Long Trail banner, which Website: www.bennington.com/outingclub Montpelier Section Celebrates depicts the trail traversing major peaks of Brattleboro Maintenance: Winhall River to Vt. 11/30 Sixty Years the Green Mountains as white boot prints President: George Roy, (603) 381-7756 on dark green background, as we walked E-mail: [email protected] To celebrate its sixtieth birthday, the down Main and State. I think we all felt Website: www.brattleborogmc.com Montpelier Section marched in the capi- proud to be connected with the trail that Bread Loaf Location: Middlebury area tals popular Independence Day parade. is such a cherished feature of the Vermont Maintenance: Sucker Brook Shelter to Emily Proctor Shelter It was a beautiful evening, and Main and landscape. President: Ruth Penfield, (802) 388-5407 E-mail: [email protected] State Streets were lined with spectators After this shortest and easiest hike Website: www.gmcbreadloaf.org four and five deep who had descended on of the year, some of us lingered on the Burlington our small city for the annual festivity. Maintenance: Jonesville to Smugglers Notch packed State House lawn for provisions President: Ted Albers, (802) 557-7009 We were pleased to have President from the food carts on State Street and for E-mail: [email protected] John Page and Executive Director Mike live music. Some stayed on for the daz- Website: www.gmcburlington.org DeBonis walk in front with the GMCs zling fireworks display, best seen in the Connecticut Location: Hartford, Connecticut eye-catching centennial banner. Then company of an enthusiastic, multi-genera- Maintenance: Glastenbury Mountain to came former President Jean Haigh and tional crowd on the capitol steps. Arlington-West Wardsboro Road President: Jim Robertson, (860) 633-7279 the Montpelier Section banner. It took The Long Trail banner, created by the E-mail: [email protected] five stalwart members to handle the Montpelier Section for its 50th anniver- Website: www.conngmc.com 27-foot Long Trail banner, mounted on sary, is available for loan to other sections. Killington Location: Rutland area tall, leafy saplings. Keeping it taut and Maintenance: Vt. 140 to Tucker-Johnson Shelter site upright in the light breeze took concen- Reidun Nuquist, President: Barry Griffith, (802) 492-3573 Montpelier Section President E-mail: [email protected] tration and strength. Website: www.gmckillington.org Laraway Location: St. Albans area Maintenance: Vt. 15 to Vt. 118 President: Bruce Bushey, (802) 893-2146 E-mail: [email protected] Manchester Maintenance: Vt. 11/30 to Griffith Lake President: Marge Fish, (802) 824-3662 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.gmc-manchester.org Montpelier Maintenance: Bamforth to Jonesville and Smugglers Notch to Chilcoot Pass President: Reidun Nuquist, (802) 223-3550 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.gmcmontpelier.org Northeast Kingdom Location: Northeast Kingdom Maintenance: Willoughby and Darling State Forests and the Kingdom Heritage Lands. President: Luke OBrien, (802) 467-3694 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.nekgmc.org Northern Frontier Location: Montgomery Maintenance: Hazens Notch to Journeys End President: Jane Williams, (802) 827-3879 E-mail: [email protected] Ottauquechee Location: Upper Valley, and New Hampshire Maintenance: Appalachian Trail from Maine Jctn. to the New Hampshire line President: Inge Brown, (802) 296-5777 E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://gmc-o-section.org Sterling Location: Morrisville/Stowe/Johnson Maintenance: Chilcoot Pass to Vt. 15 President: Greg Western, (802) 655-6051 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.gmcsterling.org Worcester Location: Worcester, Massachusetts Maintenance: Arlington-West Wardsboro Rd. to Winhall River President: Patricia Faron, (508) 892-9237 E-mail: [email protected] L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 6

26 Dot Myer Burlington Section Special Recognition Award: Dot Myer Bennington Section The Section provided barbecue ingredi- ents and individual members brought GMC planned to present Dot Myer with Hiker Barbecue fresh veggies and the brownies. We also the Special Recognition Award at last falls The Bennington Section Hiker Barbe- had donations of sodas, Cliff Bars, baked volunteer appreciation picnic, however, cue held on Saturday, July 25 attracted goods and tomatoes from people who she was unable to attend so received it at more hikers than it did last year. So found our event on Meetup and came to annual meeting on June 13. many in fact, we had to make a run to help. There were many well-fed, appre- Special Recognition Award: Dot Myer town to get more supplies! ciative, and happy hikers! Dot led hikes for the Burlington Section Hikers began to arrive before the of- for fifty years! She began hiking with the ficial 11:00 a.m. start but we managed to It was another successful day of Benning- ton Section members and long distance University of Vermont Outing Club as tide them over with brownies while the a student. In 1956 she joined the GMC, barbecue heated up. Bennington Sec- hikers sharing hiking information and experiences on the trail. and soon began leading hikes. Dots tion volunteers set up two 10 x10 shade hiking knowledge and experience are structures with some dozen lawn chairs Lorna Cheriton, remarkable, and she has encouraged and to provide a shady place to rest and eat. Bennington Section member inspired countless hikers over the years. While she has retired from being a hike leader, she does not plan to retire from hiking. Northeast Kingdom Section Phase I Complete Congratulations to the Northwoods Stew- ardship Center and Green Mountain Club for completing Phase I of the Kingdom Heritage Lands Trail Network. The new trail leads from Vermont Route 114 (near the Hurricane Road) in Warren Gore east to Unknown Pond, and connects with the new Middle Mountain Trail leading over the summit ridge of Middle Mountain to the lower portion of the Gore Moun- tain Trail. When complete, the Kingdom Heritage Trail Network will provide more than eleven miles of hiking in the North- east Kingdom. L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 7

27 GMC Outdoor Programs Our education program offers a variety of Trail Maintenance courses and outings to help you have fun, Work Day and Picnic be safe, and learn more about the out- Saturday, October 24 doors. Register through our online GMC Gifford Woods State Park, Killington Store at www.greenmountainclub.org, or call (802) 244-7037. Learn skills to maintain hiking trails by joining seasoned GMC FIRST AID field staff for this one-day work- shop. We will work along the Appalachian Trail between Ver- SOLO Wilderness First Aid mont Route 100 and Stony Brook Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, Road. Participants will be trained 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, to clean waterbars, clip brush, 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. clear blowdowns, and paint blazes. GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center Plan for a moderate day in the field followed by a cookout. No prior Sign up earlythis course fills fast! This experience is necessary, and tools sixteen-hour, hands-on course will will be provided. Experienced prepare you for backcountry medical and new volunteers are welcome emergencies. Its focus is on the pre- to join. Instructors: GMC field vention, recognition and treatment of staff. FREE. Register one week in injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First advance. Meeting time will be pro- Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness vided at registration. First Responder (WFR) recertification is provided upon completion. Instructors: To register, please contact Director Stonehearth Open Learning Opportuni- of Trail Programs Dave Hardy, ties staff. Limit: 30. Fee: $190. Please [email protected] or contact GMC if you need WFR recerti- (802) 241-8320. RAM VERMA fication (additional fees apply). Register two weeks in advance. Autumn is Hunting Season H ikers should be aware of hunters and wear blaze orange in the woods during the fall, especially dur- ing the busiest seasons. Blaze orange clothing should be visible from both the front and back. Avoid wearing brown or white, the colors of a deer. Dress your dog with bright bandanas or a blaze orange vest. Wave to make your pres- ence known to hunters, but dont speak unless they speak first. If they are quietly hunting please do not disturb them. Hunting is allowed along the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Be especially careful in valleys and near roads and trailheads. The busiest hunting seasons are: Early Black Bear Season: September 1 November 13 2014 Youth Rifle Deer Weekend: November 7-8 Rifle Deer Season: November 14-29 For a complete list of Vermont hunting and trapping seasons from September through December, see www.vtfishandwildlife.com. L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 8

28 Board Report A t the June 13 board meeting ooski Valley Long Trail Relocation was a Nominating Committee Chairman President Jean Haigh declared tribute to the hard work and support of Richard Windish announced the election that the club had come a long staff, volunteers, and members. He added of Lars Botzojorns and Faith Brown to the way in the three years of her that four vacant staff positions had been board. He also noted that Sheri Larsen term. She expressed her appreciation to filled, and he thanked both staff and and Paul Houchens are beginning second the board, the executive committee and volunteers for their patience and faith in terms and Dann Van Deer Vliet was ap- the staff, and said so much could not him over the past year. pointed by President Jean Haigh to fill a have been accomplished without their vacant seat. support. The board took the following actions: Jean passed the gavel to incoming Treasurer Stephen Klein reported that President John Page. John accepted, and Voted to approve the creation of a the club had a great year from a financial thanked Jean for her exceptional service camps committee to provide strategic perspective. Highlights included: timely to the clubin particular, for being a leadership, technical resources, and completion of the outside audit; ending role model and mentor during his term hands-on assistance with GMC camps fiscal year 2015 with a small operating as vice president. John said he felt it an management. surplus; paying off the mortgage on the incredible honor to be elected president, clubs headquarters building; eliminating Elected officers for the 2015-2016 year: because the GMC and the Long Trail have other long-term debt; and timely fiscal president, John Page; vice president, been important presences in his life since year 2016 budget approval by the board Tom Candon; treasurer, Stephen Klein; the 1950s. in March. secretary, Lee Allen. Tom Candon, Secretary Executive Director Mike DeBonis announced that the Winooski River Foot- bridge and northern portion of the Long Trail relocation was officially opened Call for New Board Members on Friday, June 12, with well-deserved The Green Mountain Club is seeking energetic, talented and dedicated volun- JOCELYN HEBERT fanfare. Mike said that the ability to close teers to join its dynamic board of directors. Serving on the board is a great way the year with a surplus despite the addi- to support the club and take a direct leadership role to secure its future. tional burden of fundraising for the Win- Nominations (or inquiries) should be submitted to: Nominating Committee, c/o Executive Director, Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677 (or e-mail [email protected]). Nominations will be accepted until December 1, 2015, for consideration by the GMC Nominating Committee. An election ballot will be included in the spring 2016 Long Trail News. Mike DeBonis, Executive Director Wheeler Pond L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 2 9

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30 Journeys End The Man in the Kilt Field Supervisor Kevin Hudnell I n six field seasons Green Mountain early to hike the Lebanon Mountain Club staff members have come to Trail, which by all accounts was a posi- expect a bearded, bespectacled tive transition, since the Beirut office had gentleman in a waistcoat and one more intern than they had chairs. rolled shirtsleeves strolling the lawn at To say Kevin hit the trail and never staff parties, often with a croquet mallet looked back would not be inaccurate. in one hand and a glass of homebrewed His diplomatic temperament, political stout in the other. His trademark kilt pragmatism and secret love of well- reveals Chacos and mismatched socks. organized paperwork equipped him well If you dare ask why hes eating a block as a field supervisor, and only someone of dry ramen noodles, you will see the with a degree in Middle Eastern studies raised eyebrow and soul-withering stare could negotiate the politics of the GMC so many of his crew have received. That field staff with his aplomb. I have had the gentleman is Field Supervisor Kevin privilege of working with (and regularly Hudnell. caricaturing, challenging, and gener- Most of Kevins coworkers know hes ally exasperating) Kevin since I joined been with the GMC since the summer the GMC field staff in 2012, and I am he completed the Appalachian Trail in ment. A proud Eagle Scout, Kevin was always glad he chose this path instead of just under four months. They know he a guide at the Philmont Scout Ranch in politics. was caretaker at Taft Lodge and Stratton New Mexico. In a grim job market after Kevin will give you the good pitch- Pond, then lead caretaker on both Mount college, he became a part-time crusader, fork if one breaks during a compost- Mansfield and Camels Hump. Most also alternating between paid field staff posi- ing run, and will extend an offer of a know he studied Middle Eastern relations tions and unpaid internships in Washing- promotion in the form of quotes from and political strategy at the University ton, D.C., and Beirut, Lebanon. Initially your favorite cartoon. Character of that of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Fewer bitter at finding only seasonal employ- quality would be wasted behind a desk know he speaks Arabic, studied abroad ment, he realized he actually enjoyed at the CIA. in Damascus, was once given a cookie by spending time in the wilderness in a Though there may be days when he Paul Wolfowitz, and plays the concertina state of loosely-controlled anarchy, and ponders the possibility of life in a suit in- better than he cares to admit. Only a eventually became an enthusiast for the stead of mud-caked Carhartts, Kevin has select few know how the Winston-Salem caretaking cause. no regrets. Not only does field staff life native wound up in his basement office at It occurred to Kevin that he was hav- promise him the sweet victory of outliv- the Green Mountain Club. ing more fun rambling out yonder in ing the desk-bound men and women he Wearing his collection of earth- the field, getting his hands dirty in an once worked with, but we always manage toned plaid shirts, he blends perfectly environment that fit his discordian ideals, to find a place for him to siteven if its TOM ANDERSON into the field staff (and into the field), than he had behind a desk analyzing po- an upturned five-gallon bucket. but the man behind the beard hadnt litical strategies. (Plus, the trail gigs paid Emily Benning, always planned a career in trail manage- his bills.) He left his internship in Beirut Southern Field Assistant L ong Trai l N ews Fal l 2 015 31

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