Bobcat Pathways

December 27th, 2013 by

The Bobcat level events are given the category of Bobcat because their energy is much like that of a Bobcat. The bobcat is a traveler and explorer. Ranging from 15 to 40 square miles they cover quite the territorial size range. They truly are wanderers and seekers on their feet.

All Bobcat level events are geared towards moderate traveling and discovery along the way. Here at Element Mountain we gauge the Bobcat level events to a wide range of moderate/intermediate travels to guide you into areas of wilderness you may have otherwise never found or embarked upon yourself. Though these wanderings we seek to find lessons off the beaten path and experience life and its marvelous details within a more active state of energetic.

More events will be added over time so the selection will continue to grow.

Gilmore Pond Cross-country Hike:

The leaves are tinging with early colors of autumn in the North Country. In one month they will all be fallen from the trees. Birds, bees and chickadees fly to and fro through the days of slowly fading warmth and light. Wandering, breathing and expanding into the wilderness and over steps of deer, moose, bear, fox and turkey; passed swift babbling mountain streams and under thick green canopies of ancient trees… this is Bristol Cliffs Wilderness established in 1975. Set back into the official wilderness lies a pond and vast marsh called Gilmore. Surrounded by spruce, pine, hemlock, hobblebush and bunchberries the wide pond expanse stretches to rocky shores home to moose and bear alike.

This is our destination on September 14, 2013. We will meet in the only parking area for Bristol Cliffs Wilderness in Vermont and begin our cross-country hike on a beautiful morning with the birds welcoming us into the deep forests. Placing schedules and the business of the modern world behind, your footfalls will bring you further and further away from your worries as we wander easily through the woods and up the mountain; peaking the ridge high above and traversing the wilderness back to Gilmore Pond.

Bristol Cliffs Wilderness is an officially designated Wilderness Area containing over 3,700 acres of raw land. No trails, no modern world beyond what you bring in your backpacks. Element Mountain humbly shares this natural wonder with all life forms that call it home in order to assist students from all walks of life gain a better understanding and connection to the wilderness and the depths of themselves.

Our cross-country hike will be approximately 3 ½ miles round trip with an elevation gain of around 750 feet. The ground is truly wilderness without groomed trails and so walking is considered moderate to difficult. White Wolf will be your guide through the wilderness and will point out a great many details along the way. Also you will be learning methods of the mind and spirit to tap into the energies of the area and find connections within yourself. While deep in the wilderness you will hopefully find some clarity to areas within your own wilderness hiding inside you.

The pace of the hike will meet the needs of slower hikers and so we have no end time scheduled. If the hike takes most of the day then that is what we will fully enjoy! This can be a very wet and muddy hike over steep terrain. Please honor your limitations for the safety of yourself and the group.

Why not come out and join us in the Vermont Wilderness for some fresh air, good exercise, great views, good company and some wonderful outdoor late summer fun!

Due to the nature of the land and the time of year dogs are prohibited on this hike.

Details on gear, address, etc will be emailed to you directly once you purchase the Gilmore Pond Event.

 Abby Pond- Walk of Flowers:

Come hike with us through the beautiful Vermont Mountains as we wander on foot down the long winding trail to the picturesque Abby Pond. The Pond is nestled in a high marsh bowl surrounded by wild blueberry bushes and vast forests. While wandering we hike through oak and hemlock, maple and spruce, ash and beech forests. The trail cuts across streams and a cascade of water flowing through a rock crevasse before it plunges over the smooth rock to the valley below. Birds of all kinds team in the trees as the spring flowers blossom high and low ~ So bring your cameras!

We leave the parking lot and head towards Abby Pond which is about 2 miles in and gain about 1,160 feet in elevation. Round trip is then about 4 miles. Abby Pond sits within the Green Mountain National Forest.

The pace of the hike will meet the needs of slower hikers and so we have no end time scheduled. If the hike takes most of the day then that is what we will fully enjoy!

This will be a fun but also an exploratory and informational hike. We will be discovering the many wonderful wildflowers that grow in this are in spring and learning to truly experience them on many levels of our beings.
This is a delicate time in the wilderness here in the mountains of Vermont. Some trees will be popping young leaves while a variety of wildflowers found in early spring decorate the ground. Many trees, especially the higher we go will be filled with buds waiting to burst open, but not yet leafed out. Mosquitoes and black flies will still be sleeping so will not be a bother. The ground in certain areas can be very boggy along the trail while other areas are lined with ancient rocks and the dry foundations of the mountains support our wandering feet.

After the hike there are a variety of wonderful Vermont restaurants found in nearby Middlebury for dinner! Depending upon the number of folks who sign up for this hike we might all go out to the same place afterward, or split up depending upon taste preferences.

Why not come out and join us in the Vermont Wilderness for some fresh air, good exercise, great views, good company and some wonderful outdoor spring fun!

Due to the nature of the trail and the time of year dogs are prohibited on this hike.

Details on gear, address, etc will be emailed to you directly once you purchase the Walk of Flowers.

 

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