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Hut Croo

Friday, August 16, 2013

In the White Mountains of NH, the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) has a series of about 8 huts. Each hut is about 8-12 miles from the last hut along the AT (Appalachian Trail). Many hikers, like my husband John and I, stay in these huts while hiking.

Carter Hut is the smallest of the huts, and has an ambitious croo of 3 people. With 33 hikers sharing space, meals and time, with just 3 croo members to cook, clean and keep them on the trail. As the volunteer naturalist, I helped out by listening to the stories hikers wanted to share, and helping them plan their next day's adventure on the trail.
Justin is the hut master and one of the cooks. He worked in the AMC Boston office with the Youth Outdoors program. He attended Endicott College, and hopes to work as a teacher in a private school in the Fall.
Every morning he woke us up with banjo music.

I met Annie on her first full day as a hut croo. She did the cooking, and the food was delicious. Her sister is the Hut Master at the Madison Hut, located about 17 miles away on the AT.

Zac is the Assistant Hut Master. He is originally from Florida, and loves being in the Whites. He played a big role in the skits that are performed every morning in every hut. Every skit has 3 messages: pack out your trash, fold the blankets on your bed properly, and please tip the croo.

Smallest of Huts
Safe spot
away from wind, rain and storm
In Carter Notch Hut-
Nourishing, protecting place
Built in 1914-our home for 3 days.

What amazes me the most about the croo is that they pack in all of our fresh vegetables and the meat. I think that it's time to come up with a new design for a back pack. this basic back pack has been used since the early 1900's.

Photos by John and Jackie Stetser
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RD03875 8/17/2013 8:42AM

    Great blog

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FLAMENM 8/17/2013 12:08AM

    I love that vintage backpack!

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GRAMMYEAC 8/16/2013 8:36PM

    Croos are always staffed by such interesting people! Thanks for sharing a brief bit about the Carter Hut croo.

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LIVEDAILY 8/16/2013 3:10PM

    What an awesome group of people!!

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MJ7DM33 8/16/2013 2:19PM

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/16/2013 9:43AM

    Sounds absolutely wonderful!

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NASFKAB 8/16/2013 9:31AM

  interesting thanks

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ROCKYCPA 8/16/2013 9:29AM

    Thanks for sharing - we spend the Christmas holidays at Attitach and see the entrances to start hiking on the AT. Never done it but will try some time!

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PYNETREE 8/16/2013 9:10AM

    I did not know about the huts having a crew/croo.

It has been many years, about 40, since I did any serious hiking. And all my hiking days are far behind me now.

But the idea of having someone in the huts is a great one. I never got that far North on the Appalachian. emoticon

Thanks for sharing this slice of life in the Whites. Great that you volunteer.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2013 9:01AM

    It looks like a place that is so energizing, calming, renewing! Thanks for sharing. HUGS

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WILSONWR 8/16/2013 9:00AM

    What a great system!! I definitely wished we had something like that here.

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BLUEROSE73 8/16/2013 8:34AM

    I love your blogs. it feels like I'm on the trails with you

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_LINDA 8/16/2013 8:24AM

    That is really awesome you have these outposts for wilderness hikers to enjoy! They look awesome! That is great you and your husband volunteer to look after one! Hope you got lots of tips!
Never would have guessed that contraption is a backpack!

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NUTRON3 8/16/2013 8:18AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SANDRALEET 8/16/2013 7:26AM

    What luck to be treated so well Every one pitch in and help

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MSLZZY 8/16/2013 7:25AM

    Lots of great information. That backpack looks a little dated but if it works, I guess that is all that matters.

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RSSSLHB 8/16/2013 6:55AM

    emoticon for posting

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MAGGIEVAN 8/16/2013 6:33AM

    Thank you for sharing. We have huts here on trails, but having someone cooking is a foreign concept. It must be really nice having hot food on cooler days. I would love to hike in your country.

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