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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
May 30, 2016: We seem to have lost track of these OH. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information.
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.