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Catamount Trail - VT

Postby LewLasher » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:23 pm

The Catamount Trail is a 300-mile cross-country trail that crosses the state of Vermont from north to south. Most of the trail is ungroomed, but there are portions of the Catamount Trail that traverse groomed trails at ski touring centers, as well as portions that are along snowmobile trails.

Except for the portions of the Catamount Trail that are within the trail networks of ski touring centers, there is no charge for the use of the trail.

The Catamount Trail is maintained by a non-profit organization, the Catamount Trail Association (Website at http://www.catamounttrail.org ). The CTA organizes ski tours and other events. For the most part, these tours are free, although there may be a fee for multi-day tours.

The terrain is, typical of Vermont, mostly rolling hills, but there are some portions of the Catamount Trail that are flat and other portions that go over mountain ranges. Detailed descriptions and maps are available on the CTA Web site at http://www.catamounttrail.org/trail/sections/.

In recent years the CTA has organized a 17 km backcountry race, the Catamount Challenge, that includes an elevation gain of 2420 feet.

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Scheduled Catamount Trail tours for 2010

Postby LewLasher » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:30 pm

The schedule of Catamount Trail tours for 2010 has been posted on the CTA Web site at:

http://www.catamounttrail.org/news/2010-winter-events-by-date/

The multi-day tours (there are two 3-day tours and two weeklong tours this year) require a non-refundable "donation" to reserve a spot, and you have to be a member of the CTA. The day tours are free, and appear to be open to everyone.

The 3rd annual Catamount Challenge, a 17 km backcountry race, is scheduled for March 14. There is an entry fee of $50 for CTA members and $60 for non-members.

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Scheduled Catamount Trail tours for 2011

Postby LewLasher » Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:05 pm

The schedule of organized tours on the Catamount Trail for 2011 is now online at:

http://www.catamounttrail.org/news/complete-tour-and-event-schedule-for-2011/

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Educational through-skiing and winter camping on the CT

Postby LewLasher » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:06 pm

The Catamount Trail is generally used for day trips, rather than by backpacking through-skiers. However, there is an educational program, conducted annually by an organization called Kroka Expeditions, that includes 2 months of skiing and winter camping along the Catamount Trail:

http://www.kroka.org/semester/semester_vermont.shtml

The 6-month program, intended for high school and college students, teaches crafts, nature appreciation, self-sufficiency, and group dynamics. And they do not assume that the students already know how to ski, so there's a couple of weeks of ski instruction before the Catamount Trail expedition starts. Once the group reaches the northern end of their 2-month-long ski tour, they learn how to build a canoe and paddles, and then the wilderness adventure continues with a month of canoeing on the Connecticut River.

The whole semester is very impressive and very earthy-crunchy. (It's also rather expensive, as we learned when someone asked that question during the Kroka Expeditions presentation at the annual meeting of the Catamount Trail Association. So, if you want to be cynical - and, of course, I do - you could point out that it's only the privileged kids from wealthy families who can afford to learn the "traditional skills" of living off the land.)


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