Cup of Mountain Tea
By Jeremy Loeb, Winter 2008-2009
"Next time your mind begins
to wander while hiking, try plunking yourself down for a spell
on an inviting rock, a glade of emerald moss, or a musty bed
of leaves. Shrug off any lingering impatience or distracting
thoughts and take this spell to smell the air, observe the nuance
of the trail, and stretch your ears for the rustle of foliage
and distant birdsong."
Alpine Flora Below
By Tim Stetter,
"Twinflower fruit emerges
as a sticky nutlet with hooked bristles: a perfect parcel for
grabbing hold of birds and mammals. Through feather and fur,
Twinflower has managed to spread throughout the entire boreal
region of the North."
By Judith Maddock
Hudson, Winter 2005-2006
"Anna was a member of the
RMC beginning in 1920. Between 1939 and 1969, she served 13 years
on the Board, with 6 years as secretary, 2 years as vice-president
and in 1956-58 two as president. Tom Barrow recounted that during
the 1940s, when labor for clearing trails was scarce, Anna and
his father took charge of clearing the Beechwood Way..."
Comes to Gray Knob: 15 Years of Alpine Field Studies
By Dick Fortin,
"The class focuses on plant
identification, recognizing plant distribution based on the previously
mentioned abiotic factors, and implementing sampling procedures
in sometimes less than ideal conditions."
A Trip to King's
Ravine with My Grandfather, Louis F. Cutter
By Louis Cutter,
"King's Ravine was my grandfather's
favorite place in the mountains; I think it is also mine. He
mapped it as his thesis at MIT in 1885, and at the first opportunity
bought the farm below it, where we still come."
Bill and Paula Bradley Receive Lifetime Membership
By Al Hudson,
At the RMC Annual Meeting this
past summer, longtime RMC members Bill and Paula Bradley received
lifetime memberships in the club for their decades of service
in numerous capacities.
By Lydia Goetze,
"The world knows Brad Washburn
as a mountaineer, aerial photographer, cartographer, and Director
of the Boston Museum of Science. Less known is that Brad spent
some childhood summers in and around Randolph. So we also remember
Brad (an honorary RMC member, with his wife Barbara) in more
Calling all RMC
By Doug Mayer, Summer 2011
"Are you a former RMC trail
crew member or caretaker? If so, RMC wants to hear what you've
been up to! We've just launched a new alumni section of the RMC
web site, and were looking for your news."
Can't Get Enough RMC
By Aaron Parcak, Winter 2006-2007
"Exposure to harsh weather.
Shoveling giant mounds of human refuse. Putrid stench that other
trail crew members can emit from the mix of many days sweat
and dirt. Why would I continually submit myself to such physical
Doug Mayer, RMC
By Lydia Goetze,
"When I started on the RMC
board, Jeff Tirey was President. I remember him saying at an
RMC annual meeting, "There's no reason for us to be biggest
trail club, but there's also no reason why we can't be the best."
I took that to heart."
Jeff Smith, Volunteer
By Doug Mayer, Summer 2009
"I worked with Andy Woods
both summers up there and we definitely accomplished a lot. We
took a lot of pride in our work and continued to come up with
ways to improve the camps along with completing the daily maintenance
Letters to the RMC
By Michael Field
and Chuck Wooster, Winter 2005-2006
"The last thing I expected
to see while wandering on the internet was my own picture. But
there I am, on the front page of the Winter 2004-2005 RMC Newsletter,
Mountain Hut Hosts Sounds of Music, carrying part of a
Lost Hiker: Four
Days in a Whiteout in the Northern Presidentials
By Sally Manikian, Summer
"Using this advance and
retrieve method, he inched his way above treeline to find himself
in a whiteout, with drifted snow blocking the path and ground
blizzards cutting visibility. High winds make the use of a map
and compass difficult..."
Lost Rings Found on Starr King Trail
By Edith Tucker, Winter 2004-2005
"The two rings fell out
of her pants pocket on Sept. 13, 2003, when she was peak-bagging
on Mt. Waumbek, one of the 48 4,000-foot White Mountain summits
required to be climbed for those aiming to be members of the
Four Thousand Footer Club."
of the Northern Presidentials
By Steve Bailey, Summer 2004
different about the weather in RMC country. Winds blow harder,
snows fall deeper, and temperatures drop farther..."
By John Dykstra Eusden, Winter
"My brother David and I
began to discuss a way of rediscovering the mountain. We decided
to spend a long day on Washington, beginning before dawn and
ending after nightfall, ascending and descending, going up and
down and across the mountain using different routes."
Mother's Bequest to RMC
By Anne Barschall, Winter
"My mother's mother, her
aunts and uncles had cut the first Lion's Head trail on Mount
Washington in memory of my mother's grandfather, who was also
a devoted hiker."
New RMC Merchandise
By Michele Cormier, Summer
"This summer the RMC will
be featuring several new items for sale. 2011 is yet another
Centennial year, this time celebrating the Weeks Act of 1911.
In this spirit, we offer a new 2011 T-shirt commemorating
the reconstruction of The Perch..."
Finishing the Four Thousand Footers
By Will Strayhorn,
"Emerging from the trees
onto Signal Ridge on Mt. Carrigan I caught my first glance of
the summit. As I climbed along the beautiful ridge, I looked
at the magnificent mountains and the bright blue sky. In the
distance a cloud floated lazily along the horizon..."
History Project 2010
By Steve Chase, Winter 2010-2011
"It was nearly unanimous
that the Perch Brook, as it emerges from the rocks at the top
of Cascade Ravine was the best water source, and the Gray Knob
riot was documented with eyewitness accounts. The interviews
indicate an evolution of the club as both a resource manager
and an employer."
By Doug Mayer, Winter 2011-2012
"There is good reason to
have a concerned eye on the future. The club faces a number of
long-term challenges, foremost among them the loss of state and
federal funding for protecting our trails. It's an often-overlooked
fact, but no less than half of our trails budget comes from..."
By Jack Stewart,
"The next morning dawned
clear and I have never forgotten the sight of Howker Ridge on
Mt. Madison; on large sections all the trees were lying flat..."
By Doug Mayer, Winter 2006-2007
A new book has been published
about Ned Green, who served on RMC's trail crew in 2000. Ned
died the following winter, in an ice climbing accident in Huntington
Ravine on the side of Mount Washington. Compiled by his mother
Clare, Cutting A Bond with the Long Trail is a collection
of Ned's outdoors journals.
By Doug Mayer and Ben Phinney,
"When the Barschall gift
was announced at an RMC board meeting, the room fell silent as
we each contemplated the generosity of a single person, and of
what the Randolph Mountain Club must have meant to Eleanor. It
was a touching moment in an otherwise routine meeting of hard-working
William E. Knight, 1922-2010
By Judy Hudson, Summer 2011
"A devotee of the gourmet
hike, he was with us one day when we climbed Mount Success and
discovered what a great place the cliffs on Success would be
as a 'luncheon spot.' In 1985, he led the first of many gourmet
hikes to the Ledges..."
RMC Announces a New Edition of Randolph Paths
and a New Map
By Judy Hudson, Doug Mayer and
Steve Smith, Summer 2005
This new edition of Randolph
Paths, which was first published in 1917, is much more than just
another update. The guide features entirely new trail descriptions
gathered by a team of a dozen RMC volunteers who started work
almost exactly a year ago.
Crew and Caretaker Reunion
By Doug Mayer, Winter 2010-2011
"And so, on a brilliant
August afternoon, in honor of the RMCs 100th, we all gathered.
Attendees came from as far south as Florida, as far west as Californiaand
many from the immediate area. All had the Randolph Mountain Club
to thank for launching a life spent in these mountains."
RMC Interview: Michele Cormier
"Michele Cormier has served
for the past 6 years on the Board of Directors as RMC's treasurer.
Recently she passed that responsibility to new board member Bill
Parlett. Not quite ready to give up all her obligations, Michele
decided to take on the significant role of membership director..."
to Celebrate Its Centennial in 2010
By Judy Hudson, Winter 2009-2010
"The festivities will kick
off on Sunday, July 4, at the traditional tea with the scheduled
release of Judy Hudson's history: Peaks & PathsA
Century of the Randolph Mountain Club. Judy will be signing
copies for all who purchase them, and some special historical
flourishes may be added to the conventional tea protocol."
Volunteer Profile: Camps Chair, Al Sochard
By Doug Mayer, Winter 2008-2009
"I volunteer for RMC not
just for my love of the trails and camps, but because of the
sense of community it brings me. Living in Randolph, it seems
a perfect fit. Just as all politics are local, so now is my trail
People From Their Bad Decisions: A Conversation with AVSAR Founder
By Sally Manikian, Winter
"With 30 years and a thousand
rescues, and a personal interest in the history of search and
rescue in the White Mountains, Mike is a resource of experience,
anecdotes, and reflection on the trends in White Mountain rescues."
by Wind or Buried by Snow
By Kelly Towle,
"Alpine zones are places
of intensity and drama, of fierce winds, harsh snows, and rough
terrain. But they can be places of subtlety as well, where a
slight shift in topography can lead to an array of differences
in plant life."
Searching for the Elusive Bicknell's Thrush in
By Mary Halm Small, Winter
"We stopped to listen at
each of the next four points, and still no Bicknells thrush.
The study protocol calls for revisiting the points to play a
1-minute tape of Bicknells thrush vocalizations in the
hope of enticing any birds in hiding to respond..."
Lodge and its Extraordinary Volunteers
With Stearns Lodge now completed,
it's natural for those of us involved in the project to find
ourselves reflecting upon the endeavor, what it says about the
RMC, the club's many volunteers and friends, and the act of coming
together to accomplish a substantial community goal.
from "Appalachia" ...
By Klaus Goetze, Summer 2003
"The last time I saw Louis
F. Cutter was at a meeting of the Trail Committee of the Randolph
Mountain Club two days before his death. Someone asked him why
the trail to Lookout Ledge used to be called the Hallway..."
to all who contributed to Stearns Lodge...
A list of all the donors to the
The Most Fortunate
By Annie Jacobs, Summer 2010
"These small plants are
why we are here in the White Mountains Presidential Range, why
we hiked with huge packs up through hardwood forest and then
spruce and fir, why we are now where few trees grow. Imagine
being one of these alpine plants, adapted over multitudes of
generations to survive the harshest conditions..."
National Wildlife Refuge
By David Govatski,
"The 5,500 acre Pondicherry
National Wildlife Refuge is located in Jefferson and Whitefield.
It was created on December 22nd, 2000 when 670 acres of wetlands
and lowland spruce fir forest were acquired from the Hancock
Timber Resource Group by the US Fish and Wildlife Service."
Lives Saved by Search and Rescue Effort
By Edith Tucker, Summer 2007
"The lives of two middle-aged
hikers who became disoriented while descending Mt. Adams on January
10, 2007 in whiteout conditions above treeline were saved by
the combined efforts of two volunteers from the Randolph Mountain
Club and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and four state
Fish and Game Department conservation officers."
Weeks Act Centennial
By John Scarinza, Summer 2011
"This year is the 100th
Anniversary of the signing of the Weeks Act, which permitted
the federal government to purchase private land in order to protect
the headwaters of rivers and watersheds in the eastern United
States and called for fire protection efforts through federal,
state, and private cooperation."
Stewardship Means Doing Less
By Doug Mayer,
"On some fundamental level,
the club seems to understand that stewardship is more than just
keeping a cabin staffed and tidy, or a trail well blazed, brushed,
and drainedthat its an experience were trying
to protect, and sometimes that means doing less in lieu of doing
Who Invented Hiking
By Sarah Gallop,
"For us, getting kids up
the mountains-whether it's Pine Mountain or Mount Washington-requires
creativity, patience, sugar, props, and the promise of a swim."
Winter Hikers Take Note!
By Lydia Goetze, Winter 2007-2008
"...it is important for
all hikers to remember that they are responsible for their own
safety in the mountains at all times of the year. The RMC, NH
Fish and Game, USFS, and the AMC all work together to educate
hikers and others about responsible and safe behaviors in the
By Dean Potter, Summer 2006
"Cold air from the valley
drifts upward. It's predawn, and I've been moving on the Nose
of El Cap through the night, focused on the rock in front of
me in the faint light of my headlamp. Suddenly, I think of how
tired and exposed I am, alone, rope-less, far past any point
of retreat. A surge of panic courses through me..."