Thanks for visiting the Ottauquechee Section (“O” Section) of the Green Mountain Club.
On this website you’ll find information on outdoor activities in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, as well as long distance hiking on the Long Trail (LT) in Vermont, and the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Georgia to Maine.
The Green Mountain Club (GMC), with over 10,000 members, is the largest outdoors organization in Vermont. It was founded in 1909 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” (Mission Statement). The GMC maintains the 273 miles of the Long Trail from Massachusetts to the Canadian border including 77 shelters, and 175 miles of side trails.
On 2016he Green Mountain Club received the National Park Service Arrowhead Award, in Appreciation of the work the Club does for the Appalachian Trail, as well as for helping with NPS Centenary events at Marsh-Billings Rockefeller NHP in Woodstock. The Club also was this year’s recipient of the Woodstock Trails award.
The Ottauquechee Section, one of 14 chapters of the GMC, is located around the Connecticut Upper Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire. At well over 300 members, we are one of the largest and most active GMC sections in the State.
We schedule outdoor activities of various length and difficulties all year round, and try to accommodate people of different ages and physical ability. Our calendar is also published in the “FOOTNOTES”, our quarterly newsletter, and the GMC website. It contains scheduled hikes, bike trips, road walks, paddle outings and ski or snowshoe trips.
The “O” Section supports a group of hiking and outdoors organizations in the Upper Valley, which are represented by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA)
We would especially like to attract families with kids. Some other GMC Sections have Young Adventurers Clubs, and that is a future goal for us as well. In the meantime, here is a useful link: Hiking with Kids.
BOOTS TO BOATS
2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Green Mt. Club, and specifically our O-Section, will be working closely with our two Upper Valley National Parks (Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller and St .Gaudens) to celebrate this centennial. We will focus on the Appalachian Trail in our region, which itself is very long if narrow national Park. We plan to co-sponsor hikes on our section of trail (see below), as well as work trips and events.
Our section is responsible for the maintenance of 46 miles of Appalachian Trail between Maine Junction at Willard Pass near Killington and the Connecticut River at Norwich, VT, including four trail shelters. With our trail adopters and as a group we conduct trail maintenance 2 times per year or more, depending on trail conditions. We have reorganized our Trails and Shelters Committee. Now Heinz Trebitz, Bob Hagen and Nick Krembs each coordinate work on a specific stretch of the AT in eastern Vermont. All are welcome to help our trails!
This year we have scheduled 3 work trips, on which all are welcome to help with trimming bushes, picking up debris,cleaning out water bars, removing blow downs, blazing, or whatever may be needed. The remaining date is:
Saturday September 10 Nick Krembs (802)649-1048
Planning sessions take place every three months to discuss and reach consensus on our activities for the following quarter and to conduct other Section business.All are welcome! Our next Planning Meeting will be on Tuesday September 13, to plan our fall activities (Sept. – Nov.). We will meet at 7 pm at the home of Patty Spencer in Thetford, VT. Call her at 802)333-3571 if you need directions. All are welcome! We need new ideas and new Leaders!
Following a pot luck supper, the Section’s Annual Meeting is held on a Friday in late October. This year we had a very successful Annual Meeting on Friday October 30 at Damon Hall in Hartland, VT. We welcomed new members, heard reports of the chairpersons, and elected officers.We began with a social hour, followed by a potluck supper shared with Hartland Winter Trails Association. Our business meeting concluded the evening.
Mike DeBonis, the GMC’s Executive Director was our guest. He presented awards to Harry Temple, who was Trails and Shelters manger for 20 years, and to Lee Eastman who more recently was very active on fixing any problems that occurred with trails and shelters.
The O-Section presented our out-going President, Inge Brown, with a very unique gift, a clock on a wooden plaque cut in the shape of Vermont, with the Long Trail marked on it.
We elected new officers. Dick Andrews will succeed Inge Brown as our President. Peter Hope will succeed Dick Ruben as our Representative on the GMC Board of Directors. Incumbents continued in the other positions. Our Trails and Shelters Committee will consist of Bob Hagen, Heinz Trebitz and Nick Krembs. Each will be responsible for a section of the AT – for details see Officers Page.
The Taylor Series
Every Spring, the “O”-Section hosts a presentation as part of the GMC educational and outdoor adventure Taylor Series. These are slide shows and talks about interesting and memorable outdoor activities from all over the world. For 2016 we plan a presentation on Search and Rescue in Vermont, given by Neil Van Dyke, S & R Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Public Safety. This will take place at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich(VT) at 6:30 pm on Friday April 22. Free and open to all! See poster, Taylor Lecture – 2016
New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve we enjoy a meal, an outdoor activity, and good company. This year on Thursday Dec. 31 we enjoyed a potluck supper in East Thetford, then enjoyed an outdoor excursion followed by a bonfire and good fellowship. We thank our hosts, Marcia Dunning & Bob Metzger.
Mud Season Social
On the evening of Friday March 18 our members got together to enjoy a pot luck supper, show slides, report on their recent activities, and enjoy a gear swap. We had a good turnout and a great time!
Links to other Trail Organizations
Appalachian Trail Conservancy – ATC
Upper Valley Trails Alliance – UVTA