Saturday, January 26, 2002
OH Association 77th Winter Reunion

Doublebits and Mattocks:
Life on a White Mountain Trail Crew
Presented by Reuben Rajala

The Crestview in Woburn is the venue for yet another reunion starting with Happy Hour and hors d oevres, pre-dinner slide show, dinner, business meeting and great entertainment.

Our North Country contingent and Boston-area OH find it easy to get to, just a mile and half off I-93 close to the junction of I-93 and I-95. The parking's free and there are several motels in the area. See the driving directions and details below.

Join us at 5:00 p.m., bring slides with your name on them and we'll run them during cocktails. The business meeting will be brief, then onto our evening's presentation. We've invited past members of the Trail Crew to join us this year.

The AMC Trail Crew, one the the nation's first (1917), has long been the core of the Club's efforts to build and maintain White Mountain trails and shelters. It's often the toughest job that many young men and women ever have and they love it!

Join Reuben Rajala, former Trails Program Director, and other Trail Crew alumni for an evening of fun stories and images that are literally from the trenches (as in drainage and pit toilets) across the years.

Expecting to only work for a few summers on the Trail Crew, Reuben stayed 23 years (19 as staff) working for the AMC. He was a member of the last Trail Crew working out of Whitefield, NH and then spent three summers at their new complex at Pinkham Notch Camp. Reuben became the first Trails Coordinator in 1974, working under the first full-time Trail Supervisor, Bob Proudman. In 1978, as Bob shifted to work on protection of the Appalachian Trail, Reuben took over and further expanded the Trails Program, especially volunteer initiatives like the Adopt-A-Trail Program, White Mountain Trails Day, Service Trips and Camp Dodge Volunteer Center.

Since leaving the AMC in 1993, Reuben has explored new paths, doing consulting, working for an innovative trail and yurt system in Phillips Brook called Timberland Trails, serving as Trails Program Director for the Pacific Crest Trail Association in California, teaching Industrial Arts and doing construction. Most recently he was in Chile assisting on a trail being built the length of the country. He lives in Gorham with Meg his wife of 24 years, and they have two children, Allison, a freshman at James Madison University in Virginia, and Davin, a Junior in the Aeronatutics Program at the University of North Dakota.

Your slate of 2002 Officers

Secretary: Tom Kelleher
Treasurer: John Meserve
Resuscitator Editors: Jim Hamilton, Malin Bengsston, Emily Muldoon
Members at Large: Lesley Fowler, Betsy Fowler, Doug Shaffer, Tim Saunders, Swoop Goodwin, John Lamanna
Cabin Caretaker: Mike Waddell

Directions to The Crestview
From the North on I-93, cross I- 95 (Rt.128) and take Exit 36, Montvale Ave. Take a right onto Montvale Ave. for two miles to The Crestview which is on the right before Woburn Center. Parking is in the rear of the building.

From the South on I- 93, take Exit 36, Montvale Ave., a left on Montvale Ave. and proceed as above.

From I- 95 (Rt.128), exit at Rt.93 South and follow directions from the North.

For overnighters, there is a Howard Johnson Motor Lodge on Montvale Ave at Rt. 93 (781) 935 8160 and a Crowne Plaza on Washington St., Woburn (781) 932 0999.