Introduction to the GMC Burlington Section Meetup Group: Welcome to the Green Mountain Club Burlington Section 'Outdoors Adventures Meetup Group'. This group gets together for informal pickup-hikes, snowshoeing, bicycling, paddling, and any other outdoor outings that let us enjoy all our area has to offer.
This Group is sponsored and managed by the Burlington Section of the GMC. You don't have to be a GMC member to join this group or go on any GMC outing! All are welcome. And all GMC members are welcome to lead trips.
You may be wondering, ‘I thought the Burlington Section website and quarterly Ridgelines newsletter are the places to go for the weekend-outings schedule.’ Well, you are right. This Group is in addition to those trips. Those outings remain unchanged and will not be listed here. This Meetup Group is to help organize informal ‘pickup’ or weekday outings with shorter lead times.
How does this work? Are you a GMC member and want to lead an outing? Post it here! Want to join an outing? Reply to the organizer. That’s it. Is that really all?
Some outings listed here may give a meeting time and place. But others may require you to check with the trip leader first. This is so the leader can make sure you are prepared for the outing, and so the leader can manage the number of participants.
Become a trip leader! There is no formal training and the only requirement is that you are a GMC member. Most learn by watching others and you can volunteer to co-lead hikes if you are not ready to fly solo. Most of us learn by observing and doing. We have an excellent trip leaders guide that can help.
The GMC makes every effort to keep all on our trips happy and safe. Our leaders are enthusiastic volunteers but are not professional guides. Every person participating should be aware of the inherent risks in outdoor activities and of their own capabilities. All are responsible for their own safety. Minors must be accompanied by parents on these trips. GMC Membership: Please see the membership tab at greenmountainclub.org for more about joining the GMC. The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains. Joining is a way of showing your support for the important stewardship role the GMC has. In 1971, the Vermont Legislature passed a resolution, recognizing the Club as “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail System and delegating to it responsibility for developing policies and programs for “the preservation, maintenance, and proper use of hiking trails for the benefit of the people of Vermont.” By joining the GMC, you are joining the preservation of hiking in Vermont.