I have received so much from giving to the AMC as an Information Volunteer and Naturalist.
Working at the Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center during Spring Skiing is a prime example!
1. I gained knowledge. I had to study maps, figure out where the crevasses are opening up, in order to keep the skiers safe and on the best snow fields.
2. I gained friends from around the world! I talked with skiers, mountain climbers and tourists who looked to me to help them have a safe and exciting time on Mt. Washington.
3. I got in a good workout chimbing to Tuckerman's Ravine. During my midmorning break, I hiked up to the Ravine in order to see first hand the conditions that I was telling people about. My reports were more accurate because of the hike.
4. I have the satisfaction of being one of the 16,000 volunteers, and 100,000 members, supporters, and advocates of the Appalachian Mountain Club, promoting the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region.
Here is a photo of my friend Frederick Pitcher who also supports the AMC
Giving to the AMC is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Ask me, and I will tell you how you can be a part!
Photos by Fred Pitcher and John Stetser