48 peaks in the White Mountains reach an elevation of 4000 feet or more. Many hikers have climbed all 48. A considerably more ambitious goal is to hike them in each month of the year. Doing the math, that's 576 ascents, in deep-freeze to black-fly conditions. Garret Bonnema of Bethel is one of the few who have achieved this goal, known as Hiking the Grid. On Wednesday evening, February 17, Garret will share his Grid adventures at the Shelburne Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by the Mahoosuc Land Trust, as part of its "Into the Woods" speaker series, and the Shelburne Trails Club. The Shelburne Town Hall is located at 74 Village Road, approximately 16 miles from Bethel. Village Road parallels Route 2 on the north, and can be accessed directly from Route 2 or from Meadow Road, which is a lit intersection.
Light refreshments and a time for conversation will follow Garret's presentation.
Please join the Mahoosuc Land Trust and Western Mountains Senior College to celebrate another Great Maine Outdoor Weekend on Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Rick Churchill will lead a snowshoe trek on the Valentine property on the North Road in Bethel. Please meet at 10 a.m. at the Mahoosuc Land Trust office at 18 Mayville Road to carpool.
Dr. Rick Churchill is a horticulture consultant and founder and chair of Southern Maine Community College's horticulture program. He has served as associate editor for People, Places & Plants and is adjunct professor with The Landscape Institute. His many years of college teaching, outdoor adventure travel and consulting allow him to bring a broad range of experiences to his audiences. Join him as he shares his keen observations of the winter landscape and his ever-present sense of humor. Please bring your entire family: kids and grandkids are most welcome, and there will be a "fun grandpa" on hand to keep them happy in the snow. The morning will conclude with hot drinks and snacks.
Participants will join hundreds of Mainers participating in the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, enjoying a wide variety of winter activities statewide. For more information about Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events, visit www.greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org.
• Unspoiled scenic views
• A clean and accessible Androscoggin River
• Pedestrian-friendly communities
• Protected wildlife habitats
• Outdoor recreation
• Preservation of plant diversity
• Promotion of working farms
• Productive and sustainable forests
• Education for an environmentally aware public