A History of the RMC Camps: Part 1
By Judith Maddock Hudson, Winter
"In 1947 the Board came
up with a different solution: a caretaker hired and supervised
by the RMC to run both Crag and Gray Knob, with expenses shared
by the Club and the town. The Forest Service still would not
allow the RMC to charge even a modest fee, so the Board asked
for donations from users."
A History of the
RMC Camps: Part 2
By Judith Maddock
Hudson, Summer 2004
"Crag Camp, the favorite
haunt of many Randolphians, had received ongoing repairs through
the years: a new floor, window repair, a front porch, several
new roofs. By the early 1990's the original structure had become
decrepit, and the Board voted to replace the existing structure."
of RMC's Winter Visitors
By John Pereira, Winter 2004-2005
"I approached the Randolph
Mountain Club and the White Mountain National Forest and asked
if they would be interested in having me conduct a winter impact
assessment of the Northern Presidential Range..."
Man Becomes a Proud Father... Still Looking for a Caterpillar
By Guy Stever, Winter 2009-2010
"Perhaps the strongest memories
I have of Crag are the people who trooped through my life in
those two years. The vast majority were wonderful and interesting
Beyond Mixing the
Pile: the Active Composting System of the Batch-Bin Privy
By Pete Antos-Ketcham and Sally
Manikian, Winter 2009-2010
"Building upon decades of
experience, and trial and error, the batch-bin composting system
was specially adapted to the challenges of a cold, wet, short
By Will Kemeza,
"Having spent the last,
frigid, winter as the Gray Knob caretaker, I was able to witness
the natural processes of the mountain world with some immediacy..."
Crag, the Cozy Camp
By Norma Hart,
"Crag Camp is a retreat
in the Northern Peaks of the Presidentials. It is as comfortable
in winter as in summer and twice as charming. To judge from the
blank appearance of the register in winter, this is not well
known or exploited."
Guy's Winter at
By Laura Waterman,
"With encouragement of Guy
and Doug Mayer, I made it up the Lowes Path and was able
to see how well-swept and welcoming Guy and Paul kept Gray Knob.
The next morning we awoke to 20 below outside and 10 above inside,
so Guy broke the cardinal rule and started the stove..."
not cold outside': Winter 2007-08 at Gray Knob
By Sally Manikian,
"So how did I stay warm?
Without thinking, every morning I would put on layers of insulation
that puffed me out to the size and shape of the Michelin Man.
I protested wearing gloves inside, so my hands became cracked
Mountain Hut Hosts
Sounds of Music
By Marty Basch,
"The music is not an hallucination.
Hikers trekking up the Spur Trail on the side of King Ravine
on Mount Adams can sometimes hear the tones of a century-old
pump organ being played from a mountain hut."
of the Perch Lean-to
By Dan Healey, Winter 2010-2011
"The lean-to at the Perch
was falling over. The sills were rotting into the ground, soil
was piled against the back wall, and the floor system was melting
into the duff. The bank under one wall was falling apart, sending
the building slowly creeping down the mountainside, completely
a Winter at 4370'
By Derek "Storm" Schott,
"I was lucky enough to spend
a winter at RMC's Gray Knob cabin last year -- working 11 days
on and 3 days off from November through April. Several people
have asked me what it is like to spend a winter in an unheated
cabin on the side of a mountain in northernmost New Hampshire..."
Day the RMC Trash Pits Came Down the Mountain
By Al Hudson, Summer 2009
"Of course, the biggest
trash pit of all was the area in King Ravine directly below Crag
Camp. Early in the summer of 1970, with our middens overflowing,
the Forest Service decreed that all trash pits must be emptied
and closed by the end of the season."
Winter at Gray Knob, 2005-2006
By Chris Fithian, Summer 2006
"Last summer, when I was
offered the position of winter caretaker, I took the job with
a mixture of apprehension and excitement. How would I fare in
the cold? Who would come visit me? What would I do for fun? How
can I not accept the chance to live in such a beautiful place?"
By Juliane Hudson, Summer
"I really can't believe
another winter, another 5 months have already passed. I'm still
not sure if it's 2009 or 2010. It's hard to leave and it will
be so strange to not hike in next Monday or next November. I
can't imagine finding another job or place I've enjoyed as much
as this one."
Winter in the RMC Camps
By Judith Maddock
Hudson, Winter 2006-2007
"Even then the winds drove
snow with such force through the cracks, around the doors &
windows that the entire room began to fill with snow - the gusts
became so violent that the whole cabin began to shake....Being
unable to sleep amidst the blowing snow & fearing a potential
collapse, I retreated into the back room..."
By Roz Stever, Winter 2009-2010
"I was certain that I was
going to hate caretaking my first night at Crag as the summer
caretaker. I was freezing and terrified of the following night
the one I would be spending without the comfort of my
father to provide me with entertainment, encouragement, and general