RMC Newsletter Archive - Camps and Shelters Articles

A History of the RMC Camps: Part 1
By Judith Maddock Hudson, Winter 2003-2004

"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."

A Study 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..."

A Young 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 people..."

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 composting season..."

Bragging Rights
By Will Kemeza, Summer 2003

"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, Winter 2002-2003

"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 Gray Knob
By Laura Waterman, Summer 2003

"With encouragement of Guy and Doug Mayer, I made it up the Lowe’s 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..."

'It's not cold outside': Winter 2007-08 at Gray Knob
By Sally Manikian, Summer 2008

"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 and wrinkled..."

Mountain Hut Hosts Sounds of Music
By Marty Basch, Winter 2004-2005

"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."

Renovation 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 racked..."

Spending a Winter at 4370'
By Derek "Storm" Schott, Winter 2005-2006

"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..."

The 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?"

Winter Caretaker's Journal
By Juliane Hudson, Summer 2010

"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..."

Woman, Alone
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 good spirits."