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Fundraising Event

Stoking Blind on a Tandem Bicycle: Engaging the senses along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT)

On June 10 and 11, 2023, New England Ski for Light (NESFL) long-time volunteer ski guide, Ferdinand Lauffer, will join NESFL’s visually impaired participant Martha Steele, on a 93-mile benefit ride on the newly completed Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) in Northern Vermont.

The riders aim to raise $5,000 for the all volunteer NESFL nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote physical activity for blind and visually impaired participants through adaptive sports.

ALT TEXT PHOTO: Martha Steele with her husband, Bob Stymeist, and her guide dog, Alvin, standing outside with a green field and special structures for birding behind them.

Martha Steele with her husband, Bob Stymeist, and guide dog, Alvin.

Fundraising Status

Goal: $5,000

Progress: $2,485

Anyone who makes a minimum $50 donation to NESFL by Friday, June 9th at 9 P.M. in support of Martha’s LRVT Tandem Ride Fundraisers for NESFL ride will be automatically entered into the raffle to receive the Cabot Creamery gift basket valued at $50. The winner will be notified on Saturday, June 10th via email!

Thank you to Cabot Creamery of Vermont for donating the gift basket of 8 fine New England cheeses, a cutting board, knife and tote!

Click here to meet our inspired team, learn about the LVRT and how your donation supports access to the outdoors for blind and visually impaired adventurers.


Title Sponsor: TBD

Gold Level Sponsors: $250

The Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, MA

The Governor’s House, Hyde Park, VT

Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, VT

Bootlegger Bikes, Jeffersonville, VT & St. Albans, VT

Upcoming Trips & Events

1. Blue Hills Summer Day Hike 2023

Location: Milton, MA

Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2023

2. Hopkinton State Park Paddling/Hiking Day Trip

Location: Hopkinton State Park – Hopkinton, MA

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2023

Cost: $50

3. Breakheart Reservation Day Hike

Location: Breakheart Reservation – Saugus, MA

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2023

4. Wayside Summer Weekend: With Hike, Kayak, Tandem Bike, and Climbing

Location: Bethlehem, NH

Date: Friday, August 25, 2023 – Sunday, August 27, 2023

Cost: $295 – Includes 2 nights (double occupancy), 5 meals, and all activities

5. Blue Hills Autumn Day Hike

Location: Milton, MA

Dates: Sunday, September 24, 2023

6. World’s End Day Hike

Location: Hingham, MA

Dates: Sunday, October 22, 2023

Our forms are now paperless! Access your form via the designated link below to complete and submit online. 

Click here to access Forms

Volunteer guides needed!

To volunteer please call or email us. Thank you!

Save the Date:

Craftsbury Vermont Ski and Snowshoe Trip

January 4-7th, 2024

Cheer Volunteer Guide Lo’s Amazing 2,200 Mile Through-Hike on the Appalachian Trail

ALT TEXT PHOTO: Lo Makechnie's first day on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia with bare trees behind them, smiling at the camera wearing their rain jacket with a large-trail backpack and gesturing to a placard that says, Appalachian Trail, bolted into the large flat-faced rock that Lo is standing on.
Lo Makechnie, Georgia, Day 1 on the AT!

NESFL volunteer guide Lo Makechnie is on the grand challenge of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail! A roughly 2,200 mile hike, beginning in April, flying down to Atlanta, Georgia and seeing this amazing journey North to the trail’s end on Mount Katahdin in Maine. Lo is enthusiastically bringing their NESFL friends along on their six month adventure with accessible content on social media, so let’s all join and cheer Lo!

“After sharing the news with my NESFL community, I was so excited by everyone’s support that I’m including accessible descriptions, and audible content in my social media posts, so fellow friends and outdoor lovers can follow along on my journey Northbound (NOBO). I can’t wait to see everyone upon my return in the fall, and to come out and guide with NESFL again. Happy hiking!” Lo.

Follow Lo’s Journey with the Links Below:


NESFL is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1977 to promote physical activity for blind and visually impaired participants through adaptive sports. Our mission is to provide a supportive atmosphere where visually impaired participants and sighted guides are paired to access outdoor sports. 

We run cross-country skiing and snowshoeing events in the winter and hiking, kayaking, and tandem cycling during the warmer months. Our events range from day trips in the greater Boston area to 2-4 day events throughout New England, including the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Northeast Kingdom of VT. 

We are based in New England, but our community spans the entire US. We pride ourselves on bringing people together in a fun and social environment where we share our passion for sports. Please join us!

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