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Vermont-based club helps LGBTQ men and women

GREEN MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

experience the state’s outdoor adventure scene By Adam White

have safe and enjoyable experiences in the Vermont outdoors, including on the state’s renowned ski slopes. Ski Vermont sat down with Keith to explore his own path to outdoor adventure, the genesis of GOAT and why the club is so crucial to opening the gateway to Vermont sports to LGBTQ men and women. SKI VERMONT: Tell us a bit about your own

experiences with the outdoors and how those gave rise to Get Out And Trek. KEITH OBERLIN: I would not have

Members of Get Out and Trek pose during a ski trip last season to Stratton Mountain Resort.

Photo courtesy Keith Oberlin

The joy of sliding on snow is not exclusive to any one group of people. The mountains are colorblind, and carving turns at speed delivers the same thrill to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation. Opportunities to experience skiing and riding are not always presented to everyone in the same way, however. Vermont resident Keith Oberlin recognized a few years ago that as a gay man, he and many of his friends would be helped tremendously in their pursuit of outdoor fun and adventure if they joined together. United in a club, they could motivate and support each other to get outside and enjoy the dynamic sports scene that the Green Mountains offer. Keith followed through by creating Get Out and Trek – known more commonly by the popular acronym GOAT – as a club to promote camaraderie and help all involved

described myself as outdoorsy when growing up. Outdoor sports didn’t come naturally to me. I wasn’t the most coordinated kid. In fact, I was the last of my brothers to ride a bike and learn to ski … but something changed in my early 20s. I suddenly was throwing myself into the outdoors. I was the one planning trips with friends and coworkers. I organized ski trips for my rowing club and river trips for my whitewater kayaking buddies. About 10 years ago, I started visiting Vermont to snowboard and when my husband, Ben, and I needed a break from NYC we bought a home outside Manchester, VT. Two years ago, I create GOAT, Get Out And Trek, with the goal of opening the world of outdoor sports to the LGBTQ community. SV: Describe your experience with ski SkiVermont.com

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