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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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