What we're about

Our website, http://www.benningtongmc.org , has a host of information to assist you in enjoying the outdoors of Southern Vermont. This group is for anyone interested in hiking, walking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail maintenance, and outdoor activities. Bennington is located in the beautiful Green Mountains and close to the Appalachian/ Long Trail. We are one of the sections of Vermont's Green Mountain Club (GMC) which, since its founding in 1910, has been the protector of Vermont's backcountry - the forests, ridges and mountains that make the Green Mountain State a special place to hike and explore the outdoors. Our first members built the 270 mile Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada, completing the nation's first long-distance hiking trail.

Our club's members have a wealth of outdoor experience in the local area. All skill levels are welcome, please check the specific activity to see the difficulty range. We look forward to exploring the outdoors with everyone! Please check the Green Mountain Club Bennington Section website for more information. http://www.benningtongmc.org

In April and May we have trail maintenance trips to spruce up sections of the Long Trail, including from Harmon Hill, south of VT Route 9 in Woodford, north to the top of Glastenbury Mountain. We also take care of the Nauheim shelter (Maple Hill, near Route 9) and the Goddard Shelter (Glastenbury Mountain).

We have two potluck get-togethers a year, usually in November and January, and usually with a speaker or slide show, as well as a summer picnic at Lake Shaftsbury where we can swim and kayak.

RISK DISCLAIMER

Please remember meetups are social events and not a professionally guided trips. By participating in a trip, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents. Always come prepared and properly equipped. In the event of an emergency, your fellow members will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.

By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.

Please note: the organizers of this meetup group reserve the right to remove anything they deem inappropriate from this site.

Upcoming events (4)

Trail Work Rt. 9 South to Harmon Hill

Bennington Recreation Center

Trail starts off very steep, then easy. 3.6 miles round trip, 1118 ft elevation gain. Nice views of Bennington. Wear water resistant boots. If icy bring micro spikes and a hiking pole, if you have them. If deep snow bring snowshoes (we will have extra snowshoes). Bring water and a lunch. Club provides tools. Meet at the Rec center at 9 am. Call PJ Beaumont for details, home[masked], cell[masked]. If anyone is interested in continuing south to clear further in the unmaintained section, let me know.

Trail Work Maple Hill Power Line to Little Pond

Bennington Recreation Center

We will go in the shortcut from spring on Rt. 9 Woodford mountain and come out Little Pond road to Rt. 9 parking lot. Approx. 8 miles total. Bring warm clothes, water resistant boots, lunch and water. Club will provide tools. Meet at rec center at 9 am. Call PJ for details, home[masked], cell[masked]

Trail Work Little Pond Cutoff Trail to Glastenbury View Overlook

We will go in and back out from Little Pond road Rt. 9 parking lot, 11.6 miles total. Bring warm clothes, water resistant boots, lunch and water. Club will provide tools. Meet at rec center at 9 am. Call PJ for details, home[masked], cell[masked]

Trail Work Overnight to Glastenbury

Bennington Recreation Center

Overnight work party to clear trail and check Goddard Shelter on Glastenbury mountain. Day workers also welcome to help with cars, day work, etc. Come enjoy this post and beam shelter provided by the Keenan family and the great views from the fire tower, 8.6 miles in, 5 miles out. Club provides tools. Bring overnight gear. Meet at the Rec center at 9 am. Call PJ Beaumont for details, home[masked], cell[masked]

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