Welcome to our 2007 AMC Seasonal Staff in the Berkshires! The full time seasonal staff are comprised of five Ridgerunners (see other Blog post about Ridgerunners) and three Trail Crew Leaders that work with our volunteer Teen Trail Crews. Be sure to say hello if you pass any of these folks on the trail, or when dropping off your teenagers for a Trail Crew program. What a great group!
Matt Chaput - Ridgerunner
Matt was raised in the great burbs of Boston, and wound up going to an agricultural high school where he studied environmental technology. After that he had a great need to travel to the northernmost lands of Vermont for school to study Circumpolar Conservation and live life on the farm at Sterling College. He is an Eagle Scout and loves the cold, snow and ice, and expeditionary trips into the chilly Vermont winters.
Geoff Miller - Ridgerunner
Hello everyone! I'm geOff. I currently exist in Warren, Vermont but that can change at any time. In the last 13 years or so I have lived in Connecticut, Vermont, Alaska, Colorado, Antarctica, New Zealand, along the AT, on the banks of the Mississippi, and many other various places for a couple weeks here and there. I have a degree in Business Management which I don't make much use of. Mostly I try to find jobs that bring me to different parts of the world and allow me to meet many interesting people. My free time is spent hiking, biking, running, competing in races and triathlons, snowboarding, XC skiing, paddling, pretty much anything I can do outside, and of course eating avocados. I can't forget to mention that I am recently married to my wife Danielle, who you will probably see out on the trail with me sometime later in the summer.
Alex Dube - Ridgerunner
I am originally from Groton, Massachusetts, and first discovered the love of the outdoors running around outside. As a teenager I was a Boy Scout, which included an introduction to the joys and pains of backpacking as well as the joys and pains of knee socks. These days I am going into my junior year at St. Michael's College in beautiful Vermont, where I am part of the fabulous St. Mikes Wilderness Program. I would describe my main passions as hiking, cycling and skiing, napping and wearing sandals in the winter. To sum myself up, I will leave you with this gem from my trail journal that I wrote in the Pemigewasset Wilderness: pepperjack cheese+pepperoni+the outdoors = the meaning of life!
Nathan Bliss - Ridgerunner
Hello everyone! I am looking forward to being part of the Ridgerunner team this summer season with the AMC. Having thru hiked the AT in 1999 and 2004 I am once again looking forward to getting out on the trail and especially being an ambassador for the AMC. I look forward to meeting all the great people the Appalachian Trail brings out and being as helpful as I can to everyone. So if you see me on the trail stop and say hello! See you on the trail!
Nick Vitelli - Ridgerunner
I am currently a student at UMass Amherst and will be entering my senior year this fall 2007. I am studying Geosciences and if all goes well, I will be graduating in Spring of 2008. I grew up in the small town of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where I began my pursuit of enjoying the outdoors. I backpack a lot in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. My favorite hike to do is the Presidential Traverse. I have recently become more interested in mountaineering, and completed my first NOLS course in the summer of 2006. I love to climb mountain and enjoy the freedom of the outdoors. Other than hiking, I try to keep myself in shape by cycling. Hope to see you all on the trail and happy hiking.
Connor Young - Trail Crew Leader
Hey, I'm Connor and I live in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. I am a student at UMass Amherst where I study Natural Resources Studies with an interest in Wildlife Conservation. I love music, art, skiing, hiking, kayaking, hangin' out with my dog, and spending time with great people. Couldn't be more excited to be outdoors this summer and I can't wait to meet you all.
Ben Turati - Trail Crew Leader
Hey all, my name is Ben. I am a recent graduate of Unity College with a major in Parks Management, Recreation, and Ecotourism and a minor of studies in Adventure Therapy. I have been working trail crews since 9th grade and haven't turned back since. I love everything and anything I can get into that revolves around the great outdoors. As an 8th season employee of the Parks field, I look forward to supervising, advising, and socializing with the 2007 season folks.
Patrick Maguire - Trail Crew Leader
Hey everyone! Don't tell anyone I was late posting a bio...shhhh.
I grew up and still live in the Boston area and for the last two years have worked in the education field on the North Shore. Coming from the city my first exposure to the outdoors were via family trips to the White Mountains. When I can't makeit all the way up there I enjoy day hikes on the Fellsway and Blue Hills. My big goal this summer is to do a Presidential Traverse. I am looking forward to meeting everyone out here in the Berks and getting out on the trail!