Craftsbury Outdoor Center

XC skiing • Sculling, running camps • Year round lodging and dining • Lifelong sports • NEK, VT

The fall harvest of winter squash and pumpkins is a festive and colorful occasion. Many hands make light work— the garden team was joined for the harvest, cleaning, and storage by other Outdoor Center staff, @greenracingproject rowers, skiers, and even parents! We believe growing food locally is one of the best ways to implement sustainable practices, one of the tenets of our mission. Local food uses less transportation energy, we can ensure that no harmful pesticides are used, and it keeps us in touch with the connection between soil, flora, and food. As a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, the Outdoor Center is committed to “building a flourishing Vermont food and farm economy” by using locally-grown food in our dining hall. We source produce, dairy, and meats from @petes.greens @sweetrowenfarmstead @mistyknollfarmlimerick and many many other local producers, in addition to our own fields. How many pumpkins and winter squash did we harvest this year?? 230 pumpkins and 698 squash! . . #MissionMonday #vtfreshnetwork @vtfreshnet #localfood #farmtotable #harvest #Vermont #craftsburyoutdoorcenter 📷: @jeni_forbes @caitlinmpatterson
@greenracingproject biathletes have just returned from Lake Placid for a training camp with the US National Team. Here GRP athletes @roggoessling91 and @wjakebrown perform rollerski combo training. The next step for the biathlon team is IBU World Cup Trials this October, at Utah Olympic Park.
We can hardly believe they’ve come and gone already! This year’s first Fall Foliage Running Camp is complete — it was a short and sweet Thursday through Sunday morning. We have one more running camp coming up October 4-7th, while the sculling camps wrap up for this season on October 4th. We’re looking forward to sharing the ever-improving foliage with everyone who visits in these coming weeks! #runningcamp #craftsbury #vermont #fallfoliage #craftsburyrunning #craftsburyoutdoorcenter 📷: @heidihohi @caitlinmpatterson
We’d like to follow up Anna from a couple weeks ago with the second member of the Schulz/Burruss coaching duo. While Anna leads our juniors, Ollie has take the helm of coaching those in our community whose junior eligibility has since expired but are still infatuated with the beauty of skiing/mountain biking/running etc. Our masters program has flourished under Ollie and he’s also dedicated himself to the development of our mountain biking trails. Raised in metro Boston, Ollie’s introduction to cross country skiing was when the cute girl down the street gave him a ride home from school and asked if he was trying out for the ski team. Obviously Ollie was going to try out (despite his mother reminding him that he had hated the only time he tried skiing). Ollie skied throughout high school and continued onto Harvard where he met the aforementioned Anna and Audrey. At this point, skiing had taken over everything outside of classes. He spent summers in Lake Placid and continued onto coach and train after college. As he and Anna were figuring out their next steps in life, Ollie heard about the @greenracingproject starting up and Anna decided to move back to work with Americorps. Ollie started training under the ever watchful eye of Pepa and spent a couple years chasing around his teammates (with memorable practices where “Ida wiped the floor with him” during speeds). After a couple years here, he and Anna headed out west and he raced for XC Oregon for another couple years. All Pepa’s training finally took hold and Ollie had notable finishes like a couple SuperTour and NorAm top 10s. After deciding to hang up the poles, Ollie and Anna decided to move to Burlington. As each of them tried to settle into a “normal life,” they quickly realized they needed to be outside and were taking every excuse to come back to the Center (Ollie even proposed to Anna out at Patterson’s Field during a SuperTour weekend when they were back waxing skis). They returned to the Center to coach and start growing the programs and haven’t looked back. “I’ve got the coolest job in the world.” Keep up the awesome work, Ollie!
Cute as a cucumber, taken to new extremes! Our campers and staff enjoyed crunching through these little cucumber nibbles tonight! Have you ever tried a baby cucumber? #cucumber #coolasacucumber #babywatermelon ? #localfoods #saladbar #craftsburyoutdoorcenter
Ready to roll! Amelia brought pink hair and a big smile to this week’s BKL devo rollerski practice! #rollerski #BKL #kidsonskis #craftsburyoutdoorcenter
As many campers who recognize this smiling face can attest, Kevin MacDermott loves having fun up at Craftsbury while still putting everything he can into teaching our campers the subtleties of the rowing stroke. Rounding out our team of Associate Directors, Kevin has been coaching in the Northeast Kingdom since he graduated from Wesleyan University in 2002. The Outdoor Center’s new Sculling Director, (and Kevin’s former coach at Wesleyan) Norm Graf, asked Kevin to come up to the Center for a weekend sculling camp to “see how he would do” as a coach up here. Passing the initial test, Norm asked Kevin to come coach another weekend later that summer as his final screening. The following summer, Kevin coached for five weeks in a row and has been a staple on our coaching roster ever since. Starting sculling in the 7th grade, Kevin has been a student of the sport nearly his entire life and has coached at many levels, from collegiate to the Junior National team and has served as the head coach for Trinity College since 2009 (as we mentioned last week when we introduced you to Ed). Kevin truly commits everything he can to teaching others the intricacies of rowing as well as he can, occasionally jumping into the boats of his crews at Trinity to get a better understanding of how the boat is moving or practicing drills in their tanks to remind himself what a drill is trying to teach and how to best communicate the execution of said drill. Thanks for always giving it your all in your coaching, Kevin!
It feels like fall today, but Sunday was a mid-September scorcher! Congrats to all the runners who conquered the heat and hills in our inaugural Genny Tenny Fundraiser Run from Craftsbury General Store to Albany General Store! Thanks to the runners, volunteers, and generous donations, we were able to raise nearly $1,000 for the @albany_community_trust and the Albany General Store Project. Big thank you to @craftsburygeneral for sponsoring the event and for providing delicious post-race grub! #gennytenny #craftsburyrunning #summerinseptember Photos by @wesvear
The USA Men’s Double Sculls (2x) - made of GRP scullers: Ben Davison (stroke) and John Graves (bow) - capped off racing the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, BULGARIA this weekend with a 14th place finish The 2x’s progressed through the regatta as follows: Heats (3rd); Repechage (3rd); C/D Semifinal (1st); C Final (2nd) From your GRP teammates & supporters back in the NEK: we know this isn’t the result you wanted; but, we are stoked for & proud of you anyway. We know the work it has taken to get where you are. Keep grinding, keep shining, and love this crazy journey Congrats to the rest of Team USA for the 10 podium finishes, and races well rowed . . . #tokyo2020 #wrc18 #plovdiv #worldrowingchamps2018 #teamusa #itsnotthecriticthatcounts #thereisnoeffortwithouterror #teddyroosevelt #oneteamonedream #gogreen #gousa #greenracingproject #craftsburyoutdoorcenter #concept2 #jlracing #normatec #usrowing #julbo #ittakesavillage
We know what you’re thinking: it’s been a couple weeks since our last #saturdaystaffspotlight and you need to see another of our smiling faces in your feed. Have no fear. Heidi Caldwell has given us the lowdown on how she ended up at the Center and what she’s looking forward to in her role as Running Director. She grew up in Lyme Center, NH, running, skiing, and hiking with her family and went on to run both Cross Country and Track at Brown University, setting multiple school records. After graduating, she knew that she was ready to be done with the athlete side of competitive running but that she still loved the sport and everything it can do for people. So, she swapped out her athlete hat and donned a coaching one at Tufts University for two years. At the end of that, she was curious about working with young adults and kids outside of a purely competitive environment. She wanted to expand her work to the many other benefits running has on people’s lives, especially within the mental health realm, eventually attending graduate school to study counseling at UVM. Last summer, she coached several camps at the Center, and (as you’re probably almost bored of hearing at this point) Heidi immediately fell in love with Craftsbury, the community, and the mission of the Center. During her final year of grad school this past winter, she was trying to figure out what her future would entail, and she found out that our Running Director position had opened up. It combined everything she loves to do - help people with running and working with them on the many aspects of their lives that running can benefit. This is our first year hiring a Running Director beyond a summer role, so Heidi is planning on working hard during the winter to expand the Outdoor Center’s reach within the running world. She has a three week road trip extravaganza planned where she’ll visit running clubs around the Northeast and Canada to share just how great a place the Center is for camps or to just visit and run. Heidi loves the idea of Craftsbury becoming a hub for running and becoming more involved with the community and surrounding area. Keep crushing it, Heidi!
One more day to register for Sunday's Genny Tenny: a 10 mile point to point dirt road run from one general store to the next! The start will be in Craftsbury village, and racers will make their way to via dirt road to Albany village. This event is sponsored by the COC and Craftsbury General Store as a fundraiser for the Albany Community Trust's General Store Project. Weather's looking great, come on out for a great day in the NEK! Registration - 📷: @lazenbyphoto
One of our regular head coaches for our sculling camps, Edward de la Fuente Slater (Ed, to keep the character count down) has been working here since 2007. More importantly, as many would agree, Ed has been bringing Wylie (his very talented black Labrador, check out our story for one of her infamous tricks) up to Craftsbury for the past four years now. Ed graduated from Trinity College in 2007, rowing under the auspices of Larry Gluckman with fellow Co-Captain, Peter Graves during his senior year. Ed returned to work as assistant coach for a number of years at Trinity with Kevin MacDermott, one of our Sculling Directors. Ed has been in the coaching scene at all levels of the sport. More recently, Ed joined an amazing family and now has three step daughters, a cat, ten chickens, and two ducks. Wylie has been hard pressed to keep them all in line. Thanks for another great week of camp at the Center, Ed!
Are you ready for fall, the golden glow, the crunchy leaves? #TBT to trail running on singletrack last October. We've got a slew of fall activities coming up in 2018 in Craftsbury -- races every Tuesday evening, Sept 16th the Genny Tenny, Oct 6-7th our annual Fall Fest weekend, Oct 28th the Black River Beatdown. Check out our website for more news about each event. #vermont #fall #fallfoliage #trailrunning #craftsburyoutdoorcenter
Coventry school in the house! Pumped to have our neighbors here for a morning of bikes, hikes, and frisbee. #outdoorclassroom #physicaleducation #brap
Fall is for finishing trail projects! We're wrapping up some re-routes of our singletrack with some work on Woodward's by the man/myth himself. Come by in a week or two to see what we've been up to! #fallisforfinishing #singletrack #mtb #dirtwork #vmba
Last week was our Trail Running Camp, and among our campers was veteran Craftsbury Running camper Bette Clark. Coincidentally, Bette was recently featured in @runnersworldmag in a story chronicling her running history and battle with cancer. You don't want to miss it - 📷 @wesvear , taken during a community rowing session Bette jumped in during her camp stay this past week.
Be sure to listen to @Fasterskier 's interview with @Dancnossen. Dan's a paralympic skier and biathlete who's represented the US internationally since 2011, including Pyongchang 2018 where he won 6 medals. We've been fortunate to learn to know Dan as he's trained and competed at Craftsbury for the past several winters - and he was generous enough to share ths signed race bib from Pyeongchang, now hanging in our gym. Interview - @usparanordicski @usparalympics
Be sure to follow @greenracingproject rowers @jgraveyboat and @bennn_d as they contest the men's double for the next week at World Championships! Good luck boys! @row2k Preview - @worldrowing Coverage - #Repost @jgraveyboat ・・・ The hay is in the barn and @bennn_d and I are ready to get going here in Plovdiv. The draw comes out tomorrow and racing begins Sunday morning. Go USA! 🇺🇸 #wrchamps2018 #plovdiv #tokyrow #USAM2x #rowing @justayoungwhelp @jlracing @nk_rowing @usrowing @concept2inc
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