Here's to you Sydney

Here's to you Sydney

Lincoln, NH the heart of the White Mountains

Today is Sydney’s last day.  For those of you who have not met her, Sydney is a valuable member of the Burgeon Team, a talented stitcher, and a lovely person.

As we celebrate her leaving, we have mixed emotions.  We are very excited for her and her future and want nothing but the best.  We also know that Burgeon will not be the same without her.  We will always remember her with a smile on our faces and a big warm fuzzy in our hearts.

Sydney joined our team in May of last year.  She had just graduated from Plymouth State and New Hampshire was slowly, but surely opening up for business.

It was a challenging time for Burgeon.  The pandemic had severely hurt our sales.  We were well behind our production goals for the summer season.  Demand was questionable - -would people return to Lincoln?  In short, when Sydney joined our team, the outlook was far from rosy.

Sydney brought more than her hard work and talent to Burgeon.  She brought a breath of fresh air at a time when we desperately needed it.  We will be forever in her debt for leading us in spirit during this difficult time.

Today we celebrate Sydney’s burgeoning into the next phase of her life.  We’ll always have a machine for you, but deep down inside, we hope you never need it.

Sydney, thank you for all you have done for Burgeon.  Burgeon would not be where it is today without you.  We are forever grateful for all your contributions.

 

To whom it may concern:

Dear Sir or Madam:

It is my honor to write this recommendation letter on behalf of Sydney Moquin.
Sydney was employed by Burgeon for ten months (May 2020 – March 2021). 

Sydney was an excellent employee – always on time, diligent, teachable, and hard worker.  More impressive, however, was the way she handled herself professionally.

Though she was just a recent college graduate, she handled herself with the grace and skill of people many years her senior.  Whether with a customer or a colleague, you could always depend on Sydney to put her best foot forward.

During our many hours working together I came to learn Sydney's strengths. She has a strong internal drive that lies beneath her calm exterior.  She takes an amazing amount of pride in her work, and more importantly from our perspective, she puts tremendous emphasis on helping her teammates.  She is fiercely competitive -- but she competes against herself (not her colleagues) to continually improve.

Burgeon was blessed to have Sydney on our team for ten months.  I recommend her without reservation.  She will always have a job at Burgeon, all she has to do is call.

Sincerely,

Rudy Glocker
Founder
Burgeon Outdoor

 

 

March 12, 2021
First Five Winter Hikes

First Five Winter Hikes

GETTING STARTED

Let’s say you’ve already hiked a few of the White Mountains 4,000-footers. Maybe you’ve climbed Mt. Washington or finished the Franconia Ridge Loop. Perhaps you’re well on your way to completing all 48.

Either way, you’re having a blast and you’re ready for more, but there’s only one problem. Winter is coming, and at the highest elevations it’s already here.

Even for those with a good deal of hiking experience, climbing the 4,000-footers in the winter is a totally different ballgame. It requires a greater level of preparedness, which includes bringing the right gear, checking the latest forecasts and taking precautions to account for the effects of the cold (frozen water, dead batteries, etc.)

But when done safely, winter hiking can also be an incredibly fun and satisfying experience, especially if the conditions are good and the views are clear.

Make sure to check out our Introduction to Winter Hiking webinar here.

So for those of you out there who might be interested in giving winter hiking a shot, or who might have some new gear they would like to test out, here are five relatively easy, straightforward and enjoyable 4,000-footer hikes to consider first.

Mt. Waumbek

Summit Elevation: 4,006 feet
Recommended Route: Starr King Trail
 
When we ran our list of Five First 4,000-footers, we highlighted Mt. Waumbek as not only a great peak for those just getting into hiking, but also a highly recommended spot for first-time winter hikers. Why? Mt. Waumbek has everything you could want in a beginner’s winter hike.
 
Mt. Waumbek is a relatively quick and moderate out and back hike with great views at the top. The Starr King Trail travels 3.6 miles and 2,600 feet of elevation to the summit, with most of the gain coming in the first 2.5 miles to the summit of Mt. Starr King, a 52 With A View peak that boasts an outstanding view across the valley to the nearby Presidential Range. From there the trail is relatively flat, and once you reach Mt. Waumbek’s wooded summit, another viewpoint can be found a tiny bit further past the summit marker.
 
Another advantage of Mt. Waumbek is its popularity. Unless you’re the first one out after a snowstorm, you can usually count on the Starr King Trail being broken out. Most of the trail is also sheltered from the wind by tree cover, which will limit your exposure to potentially dangerous windchill and make for a more forgiving experience if you’re still trying to get your winter gear in order.
 

Wildcat D

Summit Elevation: 4,062 feet
Recommended Route: Polecat Trail to Wildcat Ridge Trail
 
Wildcat D boasts an unbelievable view across Pinkham Notch to Mt. Washington no matter what time of year you visit, but the experience of hiking the Polecat Trail in the winter is truly a unique and breathtaking experience.
 
Rather than spend most of your hike beneath the trees, the climb up Wildcat’s ski trails affords unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains virtually from start to finish. The 2-mile, 2,000-foot climb is moderate throughout, and thanks to the ski trail’s regular grooming you can always count on good footing.
 
Given that you’ll be climbing an active ski trail, it’s important to stay to the side of the trail to avoid a potential collision, that way you can remain an object of curiosity for the skiers instead of a potential safety hazard. Once you reach the top of the chairlift, it’s just another 0.1 miles up the Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat D’s summit observation tower. If you’re feeling adventurous you can continue another 1.6 miles to the summit of Wildcat A if you’d like, though this stretch of trail is much more challenging.
 
Typically the Wildcat Mountain Ski Area charges a small fee for uphill access the Polecat Trail, but as of this writing in November 2020 the resort has not yet finalized this season’s uphill policies, which may be more restrictive than usual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Please contact Wildcat Mountain ahead of time and be respectful of all resort policies if you plan on visiting.
 

Mt. Moosilauke

Summit Elevation: 4,802 feet
Recommended Route: Beaver Brook Trail
 
Mt. Moosilauke boasts an extensive network of trails and provides an excellent experience for hikers of all abilities. While some of the more popular trails are significantly less accessible in the winter due to road closures, the Beaver Brook Trail, one of the peak’s most challenging summer trails, is totally transformed once the snow arrives.
 
“It’s the trail that I most enjoy in the winter when compared to the summer. It’s normally such a steep, treacherous trail in the summer, especially when it’s a little bit wet. It’s big rocks and really difficult,” said Burgeon Outdoor operations manager Justin Walsh. “But when you do it in the winter, especially in snowshoes with the heel lifts, it’s kind of like climbing a stairway on the way up and you can practically ski it out on the way down.”
 
The Beaver Brook Trail is quite steep, climbing 3,050 feet over 3.4 miles to the summit, but the last mile or so is considerably more moderate, and if conditions are good at the top you will be treated to one of the most beautiful views in the White Mountains.
 

Tom-Field

Summit Elevation: Tom 4,051 feet, Field 4,340 feet
Recommended Route: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, Avalon Trail
 
It’s hard to go wrong in Crawford Notch during the winter. Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson and many of the other peaks in the region make fantastic winter hikes. Most are easily accessible, feature moderate out-and-back routes that are usually broken out and boast excellent views from their summits. But the peaks that benefit the most from winter conditions relative to the summer are without a doubt the Willey Range peaks, and Mt. Tom and Mt. Field in particular.
 
Ordinarily Mt. Tom and Mt. Field boast unimpressive views from their summits, and the tree cover is too thick to see much of the surrounding landscape. But with the winter snow hikers will have a lot more clearance, making these peaks a much more rewarding experience than at other times of year. The routes up to the ridgeline are moderate and straightforward as well, making this a great winter peak bagging opportunity for beginner winter hikers.
 
One recommended route is the Tom-Field-Avalon loop, which is 6.6 miles round trip and climbs 2,750 feet of elevation up the Avalon Trail and A-Z Trail to the Mt. Tom Spur. Once you’ve bagged Tom, you’ll then follow the Willey Range Trail to Mt. Field and then descend down the Avalon Trail. Be sure to stop at Mt. Avalon on the way down, it’s a 52 With A View peak and boasts arguably the best view in Crawford Notch. If you’re feeling ambitious you can also tack on a 2.2-mile out-and-back to Mt. Willey from Field.
 

Cannon Mountain

Summit Elevation: 4,100 feet
Recommended Route: Kinsman Ridge Trail
 
This one is short and sweet, but steep. From the Cannon Mountain parking area the Kinsman Ridge Trail climbs 2,220 feet in just under two miles, providing a quick but challenging hike to one of the best observation points in the White Mountains. This trail is super accessible and frequently broken out, and the consistent elevation gain provides a great opportunity to test out new snowshoes, especially ones with raised televators.
 
If you’re looking for a slightly longer, more scenic route, you can also start at the Lafayette Place Campground and hike up to Lonesome Lake before making your way up Cannon via the Hi-Cannon Trail. This route climbs slightly more elevation (2,420 feet) but spread out over three miles. Either way, Cannon is a great destination for anyone looking to give winter hiking a try.

Helpful Links for Planning your Hike

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Burgeon Outdoor was founded in 2019.  Burgeon’s mission is to help mountain communities flourish.  Burgeon proudly manufactures premium outdoor apparel in Lincoln, NH.  By manufacturing locally, Burgeon creates year round jobs in the White Mountains.  5% of Burgeon’s sales support its community and environmental efforts. To learn more, please visit our studio at the Village Shops in Lincoln, our website burgeonoutdoor.com or call us at 603-745-7123.

March 03, 2021
Introducing Justin Walsh

Introducing Justin Walsh

Justin Walsh is a climber, mountaineer and entrepreneur who has extensive ties to the White Mountains community and who has successfully summited some of the world’s most iconic peaks, including Mt. Rainier, Chimborazo, the Matterhorn and Denali. He joined Burgeon in June of 2019 as their first Employee. 

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING

Originally from the small central Massachusetts town of Harvard, Walsh caught the outdoor bug in his early 20s. He started with hikes up Crow Hill in nearby Leominster State Forest, moved on to Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire and soon after found his way up to the White Mountains. Eventually Walsh tried to climb Mt. Washington in the winter, but while that attempt failed, the experience sparked a passion for mountaineering that has continued to grow over the ensuing decade.

Immediately following the Washington attempt, Walsh and his two roommates began preparing for an ascent of Mt. Rainier. Living in Boston at the time, Walsh took training courses with local guides, practiced climbing wherever and however he could, and even simulated glacial experiences on his roof. The work ultimately paid off, as Walsh successfully summited Mt. Rainier in July of 2011.

From there Walsh traveled the world in pursuit of greater mountaineering feats. He climbed the Matterhorn in Switzerland (14,692 feet), Pico de Orizaba in Mexico (18,491 feet), Chimborazo (20,549 feet) and Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) in Ecuador, and others.

He also had one particularly noteworthy adventure in Patagonia where he and his brother summited a remote and rarely climbed peak called Cerro Eléctrico. The peak had no trail, no cell service and no advance information, meaning Walsh and his brother had to rely solely on their own navigation and mountaineering skills to reach the top.

But the pinnacle of his climbing career, Walsh said, was his climb up Denali in Alaska (20,310 feet) in May of 2018.

“It was two weeks on this frozen mountain pushing to really high elevation, over 20,000 feet, which we’d only been to one time before in Ecuador,” Walsh said. “Spending two weeks on a mountain like that is just such a wildly different experience than climbing a mountain over a couple days.”

ONWARD AND UPWARD

Notch Hostel in Swiss Alps

As his passion for the outdoors developed, Walsh decided to move from the city to the White Mountains, settling down in North Woodstock in 2014. Since then he has become thoroughly engaged in the community, helping found local businesses including The Notch Hostel and Notch Properties, where he invests in residential and commercial real estate. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce and volunteers for a number of local outdoor organizations and has worked as a guide helping lead hikers and climbers on trips around the area.

It was through a combination of these efforts that Walsh first came into contact with Burgeon Outdoor founder Rudy Glocker. The two initially connected on a guided tour, and after staying in touch for more than a year, Walsh began working as Glocker’s real estate agent to help find Burgeon Outdoor a home in Lincoln. Walsh continued to get more involved from there, and now he serves as both the firm’s operations manager as well as one of its main brand ambassadors.

“As I learned more and more about it, I think it was about the time I realized he was looking in Lincoln, N.H., and he was going to make stuff here I was like ‘this could be really great,’” Walsh said. “It seemed like it would be a great experience for me and a great company.”

BURGEON OUTDOOR

Burgeon Team Photo

In June of 2019, Walsh officially joined Burgeon Outdoor as their first employee and immediately got to work building out their new studio and hiring the talented stitchers that would become Burgeon’s most important asset. His responsibilities not only include operations, but encompass sales, design, branding and more. You’ll find him at the Burgeon studio most days of the week.

“Justin is an indispensable part of the Burgeon team. His efforts have forged Burgeon into what it is today. When we need to renovate our space, Justin does the work. In the early days he even put down the floor and painted the ductwork. When we need connections in the community, he makes the introductions.

“He deals directly with our customers who give him glowing reviews—not only for his knowledge, but his patience and willingness to work with them and answer questions. He serves as our fit model for men’s products, he is a brand ambassador, he does our graphic design work, he takes product shots, and manages our social media platforms. He literally does it all.

“In our short time as a company, he has literally ‘saved the day’ more times than I can count. Justin has had a positive impact on every facet of our business and I will always be eternally grateful for his efforts, his ideas, and his belief in our mission. I look forward to working with him for years to come.” -- Burgeon Founder Rudy Glocker

February 19, 2021
Mount Washington Winter Hiking

Introduction to Winter Hiking

Lincoln, NH -- the heart of the White Mountains

Introducing Laurie Watt

At 7:00pm on Thursday, January 28th, Burgeon Outdoor will host Laurie Watt of Mooney Mountain Guides for an "Introduction to Winter Hiking".  This session is intended for hikers who are looking to better understand the unique risks, challenges and rewards of hiking in the winter.

Laurie Watt (@laurie_wattclimbs) is an experienced hiker, climber, skier, and mountain guide.  She holds certifications from the American Mountain Guide Association as both a single pitch instructor and as an apprentice alpine guide.  Her resume includes Mt. Denali in Alaska, Kilimanjaro, trekking in Switzerland, Patagonia and Nepal.

Course Information

This course is designed to be appropriate for winter hiking novices. If you love the outdoors and want to experience the mountains during our harsh New England winters, this event is for you. While some general hiking experience and knowledge is helpful, it is not necessary. The event will include a question and answer period so make sure to come prepared!

Topics will include:

  • Weather -- temperatures, wind, visibility, and the impact of fewer daylight hours.
  • Route planning -- navigation, speed, turnaround times, bailout options, and how snow and ice can affect your routes.
  • Communication -- phone battery challenges, how to communicate with your hiking partners, how and when to reach for help.
  • Objectives -- how to appropriately gauge what is in your/your group's skill set and experience level, how to assess your progress while hiking.
  • Equipment and layering -- how to layer for winter comfort and warmth, what extra equipment to bring.
  • Traction options -- snow shoes, microspikes, crampons, et cetera.

About Laurie

Laurie fell in love with hiking and skiing in the mountains as a kid but it wasn’t until she had sent her kids off to college that she was able to fully embrace mountain life. While raising her family and cultivating a career in Physical Therapy, Laurie found time to trek and climb in Alaska, Switzerland, Africa and Patagonia. Notable trips include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Denali and trekking to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) in Nepal.

 

Those trips stoked the fire for more time and experiences in the mountains. She expanded her skill set to rock and ice climbing as a guest of Mooney Mountain Guides. Once the kids were off, Laurie committed to the process of becoming a guide. Through training, mentorship and many days out, she has developed her skills and become an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide. Once a guest, she is now the Director of Women's Programs at Mooney Mountain Guides. 

Laurie’s passion is to provide opportunities for beginner climbers, especially all women groups, to try climbing. “I love watching women discover that they are much more capable and strong than they know through climbing”. Laurie guides beginner rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, winter hiking and camping as well as routes on the glaciers of Mt. Baker in the Pacific Northwest.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide

About Mooney Mountain Guides

Mooney Mountain Guides LLC is a year round Mountain Guide Service and climbing school with a focus on four mountaineering disciplines: rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine mountaineering, and backcountry skiing. Centrally located in New Hampshire, we operate in areas throughout the Northeast. Our primary objective is to provide every guest, group or family with a personalized experience designed around their goals.

Beyond New England, MMG and their guides travel to the American South West and the North Cascades of Washington State.  These destinations offer you the opportunity to climb in the greater mountain ranges, experiencing the best of American climbing with guides you know and trust.

Come join us for your next adventure and let us show you the joy of climbing whether it is your first time or you are looking to move your skills and experience up a notch​.

Learn more at Mooney Mountain Guides!

Burgeon Outdoor was founded in 2019.  Burgeon’s mission is to help mountain communities flourish.  Burgeon proudly manufactures premium outdoor apparel in Lincoln, NH.  By manufacturing locally, Burgeon creates year round jobs in the White Mountains.  5% of Burgeon’s sales support its community and environmental efforts. To learn more, please visit our studio at the Village Shops in Lincoln, our website burgeonoutdoor.com or call us at 603-745-7123.

January 19, 2021
Passing out the Turkeys, Part II

Passing out the Turkeys, Part II

Passing out Turkeys for Thanksgiving is a Burgeon Tradition

Each year, we offer all of our employees a turkey for them to celebrate Thanksgiving. While this tradition has its roots from the manufacturing days of old, we feel that today, it is as important as ever.

I have fond memories of Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday.  Thanksgiving was the only holiday where all you had to do was show up, enjoy the company of family and friends, and eat.  Just enjoy each other's company over a celebratory meal and be thankful.  Have seconds or thirds - or don't. An extra slice of pie is OK, as is not having dessert at all.  Hopefully the turkey makes it a little easier for everyone to enjoy this special time.

 

This year we are especially grateful for many things.  As Thanksgiving arrives tomorrow, Burgeon will be giving thanks for:

  • Our team is healthy - and may it stay that way
  • Making it through our first year in business in a challenging environment
  • The support from the local community who have cheered us on, referred friends and family, and purchased our products
  • The opportunity to make an impact in our community by donating more than 10,000 masks to organizations and individuals in need
  • Doubling the size of our stitching team since the start of the pandemic
  • Our vendors and suppliers who helped us develop and innovate new products during a tumultuous year
  • Our families who have supported us, loved us, and been there when the days were not so bright
  • Our customers, without whom, none of this would be possible--your support motivates us to improve every day

We wish all of your a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.  We are optimistic that the day will bring you laughter, love, and fun.  May this time recharge your spirits and brighten your horizons.

We hope that you will continue to support us in the coming years.  We are creating something special here in Lincoln, New Hampshire and we hope that you will continue to be a part of it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Rudy

 

November 25, 2020
Burgeon's First Year

Burgeon's First Year

A look back on Burgeon's first year in business -- the highs the lows and look ahead to Year Two.
November 10, 2020
Burgeon to donate up to 25% to nonprofits this holiday season

Burgeon to donate up to 25% to nonprofits this holiday season

Happy Holidays from Burgeon Outdoor

This year has had a devastating impact on millions of people. We’ve lost loved ones, cancelled family gatherings, and seen many businesses close down for good. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and now find themselves struggling to get by. As we approach the holidays, most of us are ready to put 2020 in the history books. 

COVID-19 has also impacted many nonprofits here in the White Mountains as well.   Many of the programs and fundraisers they rely on have been postponed for months or permanently cancelled.  Families that depend on these services have been stretched further.  Times are tough for many in our community and the organizations that have historically helped are challenged as well.

Burgeon was founded to create a better tomorrow for mountain communities such as Lincoln, NH.  That is why we donate 5% of our sales to our community and environmental efforts.  This year, however, the need is greater.

This holiday season, Burgeon is partnering with local nonprofits to help them serve our community.  Now through December 31st, you can choose to support any of the available nonprofit partners and Burgeon will donate 25% of your purchase price. You can choose to stop by our studio and reference this promotion or you can shop online at www.burgeonoutdoor.com. When you go to check out, simply enter one of the below promotional codes and we’ll donate 25% to the charity of your choice. 

Nonprofit:                                        Promotional Code:
Granite Backcountry Alliance         GBA25
Loon Mountain Ministry                   LMM25
New England Disabled Sports        NEDS25
White Mountains Trail Collective    WMTC25

If you know a nonprofit that would like to participate in our program, please contact us at info@burgeonoutdoor.com

Together we can make sure our holiday purchases help strengthen our communities.  Thank you.

To learn more about Burgeon, please visit https://www.burgeonoutdoor.com/pages/story

To Shop Burgeon Products, please visit https://www.burgeonoutdoor.com/collections/shop-all
 

Burgeon Outdoor was founded in 2019.  Burgeon’s mission is to help mountain communities flourish.  Burgeon proudly manufactures premium outdoor apparel in Lincoln, NH.  By manufacturing locally, Burgeon creates year round jobs in the White Mountains.  5% of Burgeon’s sales support its community and environment efforts. To learn more, please visit our studio at the Village Shops in Lincoln, our website; burgeonoutdoor.com or call us at 603-745-7123.

 

November 04, 2020
Burgeon Donates 10,000 Masks - and counting

Burgeon Donates 10,000 Masks - and counting

10,000 masks making an impact in our community - and beyond

10,000 masks sent for free - no charge - not even for postage.

1 team driven by purpose to create a better tomorrow for mountain communities such as  Lincoln, NH.

The Pandemic Begins

In late March, at the onset of the pandemic, Burgeon converted 100% of its production to making masks. Since then, they have manufactured over 10,000 cotton reusable masks and given them away for free. These masks served a critical role as our community battled the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Burgeon donated masks to local healthcare organizations such as Maine General Hospital, Memorial Hospital (North Conway), and Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS) who used them for both staff and patients.  Burgeon recently began manufacturing yet another batch of masks for ACHS using materials donated by Garnet Hill, a clothing and accessories firm, based in Franconia, NH. 

Burgeon donated them to New Hampshire charities such as Loon Mountain Ministry (Lincoln) and Gather (Portsmouth) who used them to safely deliver meals to the homebound and needy during these challenging times.

Burgeon also donated thousands of masks directly to individuals and families through their website. These so-called “mask drops” were a lifeline to many people who could not get access to them any other way. These masks were all sent for free—no charge—not even for postage. Many of these people expressed their gratitude through incredibly kind emails and cards.

Summer Begins

As the pandemic waned here in the White Mountains, Burgeon donated masks to organizations such as The White Mountains Trail Collective and the Appalachian Mountain Club.  These organizations used them in conjunction with trail maintenance efforts here in the White Mountains—helping to create opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Burgeon was founded to make a better tomorrow for mountain communities— economically, environmentally, and socially.  Reflecting on the last seven months and the path to 10,000 masks, Burgeon Founder, Rudy Glocker states  “A year ago we never thought we would accomplish our mission by making such a relatively simple product. We are humbled by this opportunity to serve our community. We anxiously await the day when our masks are no longer required—and may that day come soon!”

To review the history of Burgeon’s efforts, please read:

https://www.burgeonoutdoor.com/blogs/news/covid19
https://www.burgeonoutdoor.com/blogs/news/burgeonmaskimpact
https://www.burgeonoutdoor.com/blogs/news/letterfromrudy
https://www.burgeonoutdoor.com/blogs/news/amcmasks

If you would like to support Burgeon’s efforts, please visit our website and you can use coupon code ‘masks’ to save 20% on your order through Monday, November 2nd.

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If you know of individuals or organizations in need, please contact info@burgeonoutdoor.com

Some of the organizations that have received Burgeon masks free of charge:

Ammonoosuc Community Health
Appalachian Mountain Club
Town of Barnstead
Cathedral Towers
Center Conway Fire Department
Cottage Hospital (Woodsville)
CS Mott Children’s Hospital
Gather
Granite Backcountry Alliance
Haverhill Cooperative Middle School
Hometown Eye Care
Lakes Region Mental Health
Linwood Community Volunteers
Loon Mountain Ministry
Maine General Medical Center
Manubay MD, LLC
Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
Massachusetts Association of the Blind
Memorial Hospital (North Conway)
Town of New London
North Woodstock Post Office
Pemi Baker Community Health
Squam Lakes Science Center
Summit by Morrison
Taravista (Mental Health Service provider)
The Upper Valley Haven
White Mountains Trail Collective
White Mountains Visitor Center
Thousands of individuals in NH, NE and throughout the USA

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We still have masks available free of charge at our Lincoln, NH studio.  You can also get them on our website (with a small charge for shipping and handling).

Burgeon Outdoor was founded in 2019.  Burgeon’s mission is to help mountain communities flourish.  Burgeon proudly manufactures premium outdoor apparel in Lincoln, NH.  By manufacturing locally, Burgeon creates year round jobs in the White Mountains.  5% of Burgeon’s sales support its community and environment efforts. To learn more, please visit our studio at the Village Shops in Lincoln, our website; burgeonoutdoor.com or call us at 603-745-7123.

 

 

October 27, 2020
The Pemi Loop, 32 miles, +10,000 feet in elevation gain

The Pemi Loop, 32 miles, +10,000 feet in elevation gain

The Pemi Loop is a classic White Mountains hike.  Dramatic views, classic ridgelines and a vast wilderness await you over the 32 miles, 10,000 feet of elevation gain/loss and more 4,000 footers than you can count on two hands.  Here are the trails, the summits, the descriptions and more.  Enjoy!
September 30, 2020
Old Bridle Path

Old Bridle Path

Learn more about Burgeon's adoption of the Old Bridle Path - a classic New England Trail, as well as a description of the trail and maintenance responsibilities.
September 01, 2020
White Mountains Trail Collective

White Mountains Trail Collective

Why the Trails need your Help!

Trails are a vital and continual thread, literally woven through our public lands and the experiences we create there. Unfortunately, our trails are often taken for granted. Unlike nearly every other public resource we enjoy, trails are primarily a product of volunteer labor and financial resources. More people than ever are discovering our trails, and trail building and maintenance has not kept up with the increased use. 

The amount of behind-the-scenes work needed to create and maintain your favorite local trail can be staggering! There are constant resource strains, as well as financial and public policy considerations, which if not addressed, threaten the existence of many of our favorite trails. A 2013 Government Accountability Office report found that The Forest Service has more miles of trail than it can maintain on its own, resulting in a persistent maintenance backlog with a range of negative impacts.

The Problem:

There is a perception that trails just exist.  It is important to understand that trails are critical infrastructure requiring consistent, ongoing funding and maintenance.  Without that, they will simply disappear or degrade over time.  Trails face year-round issues of trail maintenance backlogs and lack of adequate trail staffing and funding on Federal, state, and local properties. 

Volunteers are often held up as a way to solve the backlog, but they often come with their own management issues. Strategies must be developed to appropriately utilize volunteer, youth corps, and professional trail builder resources to help manage our public land resources.

The Solution:

The White Mountain Trail Collective (WMTC)  is a Nonprofit organization that is working to pull together resources from partners to tackle these issues head on.  By mobilizing like minded individuals and organizations WMTC is bringing vital resources to address the problem in the White Mountain National Forest.

WMTC is orchestrating project and volunteer management for on-the-ground efforts, streamlining communication to keep all trail maintainers in-touch and informed, establishing external communications to raise public awareness and obtain funding from all available sources, and managing data entry and administration to measure results and make intelligent, effective adjustments to the collaborative strategies.

This infrastructure will help focus individual and club maintainer’s efforts thereby compounding the overall efficacy of their work as well as reducing competition over funding. By freeing clubs and partner organizations of the administrative burden, providing a more strategic allocation and interface with resources, and speaking with a unified voice, trail stewardship in the White Mountains can continue to thrive for generations while protecting the trails and preserving the legacy.

Ways you can  help:

  • Becoming informed on trails and the threats to the trails is one way folks can help.  Helping to spread that knowledge will increase awareness and focus on the issues.  
  • Like and Share!!!  Following  WMTC on Social Media helps us  promote trail work on social media.  Sharing our projects and work will help not only inform others but help us raise needed funds!  
  • Volunteer with a Trail Club!  There are over 15 trail clubs that volunteer on the White Mountain National Forest.  Each year, Spring through Fall, these groups set out to clean up and tackle deferred maintenance on the trails.  
  • GIVE!  Without funding none of the maintenance needed would get accomplished.  Funding is needed to mobilize volunteers and professional trail crews, provide training, necessary tools and equipment, essential project management, add capacity to the on-going work already being done, as well as provide other resources needed to ensure the sustainability of trails for years to come.

To find out more and to get involved please visit: www.wmtrailcollective.org

Thank you to the White Mountains Trail Collective and the other organizations that preserve and maintain the trails we love.

To support Burgeon's mission please consider purchasing one of our products here.

Thank you to Melanie Luce for providing the content for this blog post.

 

August 04, 2020
Burgeon Donates 1,000 Masks to the AMC

Burgeon Donates 1,000 Masks to the AMC

The Appalachian Mountain Club has been an active participant in the White Mountains for over a century.  Founded in 1876, within three years they constructed a trail in Tuckerman’s Ravine.  Their advocacy (along with many others) helped ensure the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, leading to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest.  Many other developments followed, including the establishment of the 4000-footer club in 1957.

AMC volunteers wearing Burgeon donated masksHundreds of AMC volunteers donate tens of thousands of hours to maintain hundreds of miles of trails here in the White Mountains.  They clear brush, trim trees, help build and maintain drainage lines, build rock cairns, and many other tasks required to keep the trails safe while minimizing the impact on the environment.

 
These volunteers often work in groups -- you can imagine how much effort it takes to create a new waterbar, clear blowdowns, or build a scree wall above treeline.  COVID-19 presented an additional challenge to these hearty folk.  How to work in teams where you cannot socially distance and still do the work required to keep the trails clear?

In June, Burgeon’s Founder, Rudy Glocker, reached out to see if we could help.  Rudy, an active AMC member for decades got in touch with his contacts to see if Burgeon could provide masks or other resources for these volunteers.  Soon, an interesting partnership came together.

Burgeon masks made from upcycled AMC t-shirtsThe AMC had hundreds of old t-shirts sitting in storage.  Not only that, some chapters had left over t-shirts from old events or past projects.  The plan came together.  The AMC and select chapters would supply old t-shirts to Burgeon.  Burgeon would upcycle the t-shirts into masks and distribute them to volunteers, as well as providing masks for general use by The AMC.

Burgeon would donate the time to cut them, stitch them and mail the to volunteers, completely free of charge, as they have for +8,500 masks since mid-March.

AMC volunteers with Burgeon supplied masksTo date, Burgeon (with the help of hundreds of upcycled AMC t-shirts) has supplied over 500 individual volunteers with masks and hundreds more to The AMC in-house team.  The total number of donated masks now exceeds 1000.  Burgeon is honored to supply these masks to the volunteers and staff who do so much to keep our mountains pristine and accessible.  We thank you for your work.  The AMC is now the largest recipient of Burgeon masks.

Burgeon is also proud to announce that it is adopting an iconic White Mountains trail as well!  We will announce the trail in the coming days so stay tuned to our blog posts and social media channels.

To all the volunteers out there - THANK YOU!  We greatly appreciate the hard work you do to keep the trails in great shape for our enjoyment while minimizing the impact on our environment.  Good luck out there this year and stay safe!

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