I am very honored and humbled to be selected Trail Volunteer of the Month.
Twenty-seven years ago a high school friend and I climbed Mt. Washington on hot summer day with the improper clothes and food. For the following ten years I improved my techniques and I hiked mountains in New England, southern Appalachians and reach the summit of Mt. Rainier. I found hiking to be physically challenging and spiritually gratifying.
In 1980 I became an AMC trail adopter for Chandler Brook Trail and the next year the Wamsutta Trail. I found being a trail adopter gave me reason to return to mountains, to give back to the trails and to get new volunteers involved with trail work and experience the mountain environment.
My life has been enriched by the passionate Trail and Alpine Stewards that I have meet in the seventeen years that I have been involved with AMC Trails Department.
As being the Wamsutta & Chandler Brook Trail Adopter for eleven years, Northern Franconia Region Leader for nine years, Northern Presidential Co-Region Leader for two years, Crawford Path Co-Adopter for three years, initiated the USFS - AMC Alpine Stewardship Volunteer Program to realization, Alpine Steward for nine years, and Club wide Trails Committee Chair for three years, I have meet so many wonderful people who have volunteered and worked to protect our mountain trails and ecology for future generations.
To quote two great trail stewards, Guy and Laura Waterman in Wilderness Ethics, "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." UNLESS - The paraphrase quote comes from Dr. Suess's The Lorax.
Get out and volunteer!