Long Trail stewards welcome new executive director

first_imgThe Green Mountain Club today announced the choice of Will Wiquist as the organization’s new executive director.  Wiquist is the first new director in more than a decade for the 101-year old, 10,000 member club which maintains Vermont’s Long Trail network and seeks to promote the role of the mountains in people’s lives.Wiquist previously served for more than three and a half years as press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  Among other public relations responsibilities, he managed the senator’s highly active social media presence including leading the way in building the largest Facebook page in the U.S. Senate. “We are really pleased to have Will Wiquist as our new Executive Director,’ said Marge Fish of Londonderry, president of the Green Mountain Club. ‘He brings great energy and enthusiasm to the job. He has already shown that he can review and absorb large amounts of information, interact with a diverse group of people, and triage the most important issues to work on. We look forward to a long and productive association with him.”Prior to working for Sanders, Wiquist worked as compliance director for now-Rep. Peter Welch’s 2006 campaign for Congress and a senior analyst for the Federal Election Commission. He also has extensive campaign experience in volunteer organizing.  Wiquist has a Masters in Public Policy from American University and an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College.‘The Green Mountain Club is a wonderful Vermont institution led by dedicated volunteers and a talented and experienced staff.  It is a great honor to be a part of this community,’ Wiquist said. Following the highly-successful tenure of Ben Rose as director, Wiquist began work Monday in the club’s Waturbury headquarters and visitor center on Route 100 headed into Stowe.  Open seven days a week during the hiking season, and five days a week the rest of the year, the visitor center was completed in 2009 and is open to the public for maps, merchandise, hiking expertise and even free coffee.The Green Mountain Club is recognized by the state of Vermont as the “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail system.  With its 273-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive shelters, the Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. In addition to the 445-mile Long Trail System, the club also maintains much of the Appalachian Trail and other hiking trail systems in Vermont in partnership with organizations including the U.S. Forest Service, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.Source: Green Mountain Club.last_img read more

Bryce Resort Partners with Rev3Endurance: Are you up for an Adventure?

first_imgPeopleoften ask what is adventure racing? Adventure racing could be considered one ofthe best-kept secrets of the outdoors. Its roots run deep and there’s always adebate as to when adventure racing was born. Most credit the 1968 Karrimor International Mountain Marathon.  The event required teams to traverse mountainousterrain and carry all of the necessary supplies for the team. Fast forward to2019 and there are still considerable similarities with the sport.  Simply put, adventure racing is a modern dayscavenger hunt with rules and beautiful, and oftentimes challenging courses.Teams combine multi disciplines such as trekking, mountain biking, paddling andnavigation to find checkpoints and reach the finish line. At its core adventureracing is also about community, family and taking care of our local land. May 18,2019. It starts with a half-day adventure race, Conquer the Mountain.  This is an event that tests not only your physical ability but your mental aptitude.  The course will have you running, biking, paddling and navigating your way around the Shenandoah Valley. This course will have over 13,000 feet of elevation change and it’s estimated to be 50 miles.  InJanuary of 2019, Bryce Resort made it official and partnered withRev3Endurance. Rev3Endurance is an experienced outdoor adventure events companyheadquartered in Basye, Virginia.  Thecompany promotes an adventurous lifestyle. The goal is to produce events that encourage everyone to come out andcompete and enjoy the experience. “BryceResort is the perfect backdrop for what Rev3Endurance wants to offer thisarea,” states Michael Spiller, Co-Owner and Race Director for Rev3Endurance.  Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will offer sixoutdoor adventures this year beginning May 18, 2019. The events are unique inthat there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or an experiencedendurance athlete, Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will have something foreveryone.  “The goal is to get morepeople enjoying what this area has to offer and show off our local communityand local businesses,” stated Christi Manning, Director of Business Developmentfor Rev3Endurance. Rev3Endurance is proud to partner with its sponsors: BryceResort, Shenandoah County Tourism, Virginia is for Lovers, Zanfel, OutThere andMountain Khaki. “AtBryce Resort we pride ourselves with what we offer our community and visitors.We want everyone to feel like family and make great memories while visiting ourresort. Partnering with Rev3Endurance to offer these additional outdoor eventsenhances what we do and aligns with what we value,” says Ryan Locher, GeneralManager, Bryce Resort. Whatdo you get when you combine a popular ski resort in Shenandoah County with an experiencedoutdoor adventure company? A breathtaking scenic backdrop and a whole lot offun!  Bryce Resort is located in thenorthern part of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The resort is a hidden gem in ShenandoahCounty nestled near the Virginia and West Virginia line surrounded by theGeorge Washington National Forest.  Theresort has catered to outdoor enthusiasts since 1965 and is a short two-hourdrive from Washington, DC.  In additionto the award-winning ski facilities, the outdoor offerings have expanded tooffer visitors golf, mountain biking, tubing, ziplining and more! Rev3Endurancewill host six outdoor adventures beginning Saturday, Lookingahead to the fall of 2019, Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will host a varietyof mountain bike events and a fun, wacky Urban Challenge consisting of a 3-7 milechallenge throughout the resort. Not quite ready for this beast? Don’t worry, there’s more! Bryce Mountain Resort and Rev3Endurance will also offer the Aquablaze.  Aquablazing is a term used to describe Appalachian Trail thru-hikers kayaking or canoeing a portion of the trail.  Now you can have the chance to aquablaze through Bryce Resort and Lake Laura.  This event promises to be a lot of fun and an event that combines running and watercraft. Lake Laura at Bryce Resort will certainly be the highlight of this event.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Looking for an incredible beginner race? If so, Rev3Endurance will also produce a Sprint and Family Adventure Race the same weekend. It’s a fun, beautiful course that’s easy to navigate. You and your team will run, bike, paddle and navigate your way around the resort.   This is THE outdoor event for the beginner adventure racer. 4/9/06 – Photo by Will Ramos Photography To register today, or learn more about Rev3Endurance visit www.rev3endurance.com.last_img read more