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Green Mountain Club Newsletter: Supporting Long Trail Caretakers

posted at 2:58 pm Thu Jun 20th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Green Mountain Club


There might not be another job in America like being a Green Mountain Club caretaker. These young men and women live near summits and mountain ponds; welcome and support hikers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels; look after high-use overnight sites on the Long Trail; maintain the trails near their work site; and do the thankless but massively important waste management work necessary at many of our shelters.

This program comes with a price tag and your support of the Green Mountain Club helps us assure that caretakers are out and about each hiking season.  Please consider a donation today.

In recent years, I have spent a number of days working with the caretakers – as well as our trail crew. The Mansfield caretakers took advantage of my presence and welcomed the use of my shoulders to carry logs across the ridgeline and down the Chin to the junction with the Hell Brook Trail. The caretakers at Camels Hump were nice enough to let Prickles and I pack bark mulch up the Dean Trail for the Montclair Glen privy and stir the… “stuff” with them.

Whether it’s the legendary Hugh and Jeanne Joudry at Stratton Tower (since 1968) or the Coolidge Range Ridgerunner, we all understand that caretakers are essential for supporting the trail, welcoming our visitors, and protecting our natural resources. Due at least in part to the caretakers’ work, we have seen tangible improvements in places like Stratton Pond and protected fragile alpine vegetation on summits like Mt. Abe and Camels Hump.

Please consider supporting the club so we can support our caretakers – and maybe consider bringing them a tasty snack next time you climb to Sterling or Little Rock Ponds.

Thank you,
Will Wiquist III

Will Wiquist, III
Executive Director

P.S.  Our caretaker program is supported by the state, the forest service, the broadcasters, and a number of Vt. ski areas, but we could not keep the program going without the support of Green Mountain Club members – especially as public funding dwindles. Thank you!


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Caretaker on Summit

GMC caretakers live near fragile mountain summits
and ponds

Caretakers Educate Hikers

GMC caretakers share Leave No Trace ethics with hikers

Caretakers Maintain Trails

GMC caretakers maintain Vermont's trails...

Caretaker Manage Waste

and waste at overnight sites!

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