Green Mountain Club Caretakers are the public face of the GMC and are true stewards of Vermont’s Long Trail system. The program as we know it was born during the hiking boom of the 1970’s, but individuals have been caring for the Long Trail and its shelters since the GMC was founded in 1910. Caretakers employ hiker education and backcountry stewardship at the Green Mountains’ most popular hiking areas in order to promote Leave No Trace principles and to protect Vermont’s natural resources. Caretakers work throughout the Green Mountains, either in solo positions or with a Caretaker team on a mountain (see location descriptions below). During the months of peak hiking activity, caretakers are stationed at overnight campsites associated with vulnerable natural a

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