Calendar of Events
  • Octoberfest
    October 7, 2017 - 12:00 PM
    The OH cabin

    If you think you're coming, please email Richard Stetson at richard@qualey.net, so we are assured of having adequate supplies for the hungry hordes!
  • Fall Fest & Annual Meeting
    November 4, 2017
    Highland Center
    Afternoon:
    • 1:00 PM - Geology field trip in Pinkham Notch (details in column to the right)
    • 3:30 PM - Y-OH Focus Group (feedback on what we could be doing better and what we're getting right)
    • 4:30 PM - Acoustic Music Jam
    • 4:30 PM - Happy Hour

    Evening:
    • 6:30 PM - Dinner
    • 7:45 PM - Business Meeting, awards, announcements
    • 8:30 PM - Bob Proudman presents "AMC Trail Crew History"

Last updated: 9/25/2017


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November 28, 2015: The OHA members map is back and better than ever. You can now contact members grouped by zip code or by state. And some of you have volunteered to coordinate future events in San Francisco and Portland Maine.
  November 4, 2017: OHA Winter Reunion

Bob Proudman will be the featured speaker at this fall's OHA reunion. Trail Crew alum are also invited. Bob will be speaking about the history of the AMC Trail Crew. Reservation Details

AMC's first full-time supervisor of trails, Bob Proudman, will present at this year's Fallfest. On the crew 1965-68 and Trail Master '68, "Bobe" returned in 1971 for its last year headquartered in Whitefield, N.H., as the club's first caretaker at Garfield Ridge, the relocated campsite that he built that year with the crew east of the Garfield's summit, replacing Garfield Pond Shelter west of the summit. The pond site was abandoned having been trampled by thousands of visitors over many decades.

That September '71, the crew moved to Pinkham Notch Camp, a historic relocation for the "TFC". Later that fall, AMC Associate Director Tom Deans hired Bob to manage the crew based at Pinkham as well as AMC's chapter-based and club-wide trail programs, 1971-79. There has been a succession of full-time trail supervisors since.

The AMC Trail Crew will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2019, a century after Trail Master and later N.H. governor Sherman Adams led his crew of seven young men onto AMC's blossoming trail system (that indeed had been developing by AMC since 1876!)

Author of AMC's Trail Building and Maintenance (1977 and '88 with Reuben Rajala), Bob went to work for the National Park Service-Appalachian Trail Park Office as an AMC contractor on State Street, Boston, which later led to his 34-year career with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, né A.T. Conference, 1981-2015, building the USA's first National Scenic Trail, which established the A.T.-originally completed in Maine in 1937-as a national park from Georgia to Maine.

Working with ATC, NPS and AMC, he helped establish the route, founded or inspired a half-dozen trail crews, developed ridgerunners, caretakers and similar programs for people- and land-management including an extensive boundary survey program and park law-enforcement including Search & Rescue (SAR), essentially exporting AMC White Mountain programs along the Appalachians.

At Stroker's request, the Trail Crew Association will also have one or two women who have joined the crew since 1978 to describe their experiences.

Bob may also describe some of his adventures rock and ice climbing first ascents in the Whites and Katahdin region, as well as his work exporting trail programs and techniques internationally. AMC and ATC's trail programs have inspired hiking and trails in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, New Zealand, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, South Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Mongolia, Japan, and more.


November 4, 2017: Pre-Reunion Geological Field Trip
Pinkham Notch
Leader: Brian Fowler, Thom Davis

This field trip builds on last year's success in Franconia Notch and will focus on the familiar geologic features in Pinkham Notch. Brian (an OH) has many years of research in the Notch and is well-known for leading field trips that are interesting for both trained geologists and interested laymen.

Meet in the parking lot of the AMC Pinkham Visitors Center at 1:00 PM. Stops will include Mt. Washington Auto Road's Base Lodge, Great Glen Trail, Tuckerman Ravine Trail and Crystal Cascade. No sign up is needed; just show up at 1:00 sharp. The trip is free!

Here's the itinerary. Some maps and hand-out's will be provided. Please remember sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate for the day and changing Autumn weather are required.

  • Meet in the parking lot of the AMC Visitors Center at 1 PM.
  • Carpool and then drive to the North Parking Lot at the Mt. Washington Auto Road's Base Lodge (east side NH 16).
  • Discuss the possibility and features of a possible mountain glacier in the Great Gulf after the departure of the last ice sheet. Discuss the glaciation of the summits of the Presidential Range during the last ice age (Late Wisconsinan) and the one before that (Illinoian).
  • Hike Great Glen Trails about 0.3 mile (~ 0.6 round trip) to and then discuss the nature and extent of a possible terminal moraine from the Great Gulf glacier and the formation/demise of Glacial Lake Philbrook.
  • Return to North Parking Lot and drive back to AMC Visitors Center parking lot
  • Hike on Tuckerman Ravine Trail about 1/3 mile (~0.6 round trip) to First Bridge to discuss possible mountain glaciation in Tuckerman Ravine and its possible effects below in Pinkham Notch.
  • Hike back to parking lot and drive south to Crystal Cascade parking lot.
  • Short hike into Crystal Cascade to discuss White Mountain faulting and its importance in the creation of the region's Notches.
  • Drive back to Visitors Center parking lot to "un-carpool" and head to the Highland Center for cocktail hour - hopefully by about 4 PM.

  • May 14, 2017: Grace Pezzella's 'The Lady is a Tramp' presentation at last year's Winter Reunion is now posted here.

    February 25, 2017: Annual Cabin Family Pass new price

    The steering committee has lowered the price of the family version! It is now $100 and covers 2 spouses and their own children.

    November 3, 2016: Lincoln Benedict's video of Lakes 100th back in 2015 is now posted in the OHA Photo & Video Gallery. The drone footage is amazing!

    Retired Greenleaf Croo Photos to be Auctioned
    (update: auction closed)

    October 14, 2016: The Flea croo photos that were on display at the Hut from 2002-2015 are being replaced with a new and improved version, and the old ones are now up for sale to the highest bidder. We will have a silent auction during the cocktail hour of Fall Fest at the Highland Center on Saturday, November 5th. But you don't need to be present to bid!


    October 6, 2016: The 2016 Fall Resuscitator is now published.

    November 5, 2016: Pre-Reunion Geological Field Trip
    Franconia Notch
    Leader: Brian Fowler

    This field trip builds on last year's success in Bretton Woods-Crawford Notch and will focus on the familiar geologic features in Franconia Notch (formation of the Notch, The Old Man, Lafayette-Profile Lake landslides, Cannon Cliff, Boise Rock, late-glacial channels above the Flume, post-glacial evolution of Franconia Ridge, and "57 Varieties" of granite). Brian (an OH) has many years of research in the Notch and is well-known for leading field trips that are interesting for both trained geologists and interested laymen.

    The trip will begin at the Highland Center at Noon and drive ~30 minutes to the north end of the Notch. Then it will run its stops south through the Notch (with only short walks required) and return to the Highland Center in time for the Cocktail Hour at 4 PM so folks don't miss any of the Reunion! So make your plans now to join the trip for the afternoon. No sign up is needed; just show up at 12:00 sharp. The trip is free!


    July 4, 2016: Alex McCartan is an Industrial Design student at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. For his Senior Thesis Project he is redesigning the packboard and an important part of that process involves getting feedback from experienced users (that's you!). To do so, he has created a short survey that will validate some of the design opportunities found based on his preliminary research. Your responses will determine which directions have the most substance, and help him decide which to pursue as he enters the design and prototyping phase. Participation is greatly appreciated.

    www.surveymonkey.com/r/SZZXYGZ


    May 30, 2016: We seem to have lost track of these OH. Please contact webmaster@ohcroo.com if you have any information.
    • Ted Brinton
    • Madeline Polivka

    May 25, 2016:


    May 4, 2016: The 2016 Spring Resuscitator is now published. Articles by Ted Miller, John Ranlett, Ted Brinton and gormings.

    March 18, 2016: Cabin Family Pass Now Available

    Our new Annual Cabin Pass has proven to be so popular, that now there is a family version! The $150 fee covers 2 spouses and their own children.


    February 22, 2016: Minutes of OH Steering Committee meetings are always available on the OH Forum, which is a link at the top of the menus on the right side of the home page.

    December 2, 2015: Cabin Annual Pass Now Available

    In 2016, the OHA will be piloting an "annual pass" program for the OH Cabin. Instead of paying for each stay, OH will have the opportunity to pay $75 up front (in addition to $25 dues) for the season.
    Our hope is that this will engender more ownership of our Cabin, as well as be more financially viable for the OHA. (And yes, cabin rules still apply, so you can't live there for a long period of time, much as you might like to.) We also want people to use the Cabin more, interact, socialize and to encourage everyone to pay their share. The "annual pass" pays for itself in-anyone? anyone? Bueller?-that's right, five visits. So pony up now for 2016 and see you on Washburn Way.