Gentian Pond Campsite is located on the Appalachian Trail in the Mahoosuc Range in NH, about 10 miles north of Gorham.
Thank you for your patience while we give Gentian a maintenance-face-lift!
Join one of our Adult Volunteer Vacation Trail Crews for a week!
July 17-23 or July 24-30
Maine Woods Base Camp Trail Crew: Starting and ending at AMC Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins, spending the week working on a variety of hiking trails in the area while camped along the shore of Long Pond in a vehicle accessible campsite. A more relaxing setting to enjoy the area and help out with ongoing trail projects!
August 7-13 or August 14-20
Maine Woods Spike Trail Crew: Starting and ending at Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Cabins, spending the week constructing new remote paddle-in campsites and canoe portage trails on the Roach Ponds. An excellent way to experience the wildness of the 100 Mile Wilderness Area!
Adopt-A-Trail in AMC's Maine Woods Initiative
There are a number of trails up for adoption for individuals, schools, camps, or families to adopt. Take the free training in basic trail maintenance and get to work helping to do the basic trail maintenance on AMC trails in the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine.
Regional Trails Program Manager
It’s my fourth year as the captain of this ship, and I am so grateful for all the talent that has passed through and made lasting contributions to our growing program.
Hello! This is my first season with the AMC and I am excited for the opportunity. I am a native Mainer and last year completed a 6-month Americorps term with the Maine Conservation Corps as an Environmental Educator. During this term I hiked the trail on Mackworth Island and removed many non-native invasive plants like Oriental Bittersweet and Japanese Barberry. While I decided the outdoors is a much more interesting place than a cubicle, I regularly pull from my past Human Resources experiences and will do so for the AMC. My first week on the job entailed completing a Master Educator Leave No Trace course and I look forward to sharing this information with the teen trail crews! When I’m not on the trail or in the office you will find me kayaking, playing music and singing, taking pictures, and gardening!
Mike is bringing his strong leadership skills and experience as a Crew Leader to his role as Projects Coordinator. He’s taking the lead on training the Berkshire Teen Trail Crew Staff and planning great projects for the crews.
He’s also newly graduated from Keene State and on the hunt for a new driving hat for the van as last year’s sombrero was pretty wrecked.
Ridgerunner Field Coordinator
Caleb has extensive backpacking experience and will be featured soon in an AMC Outdoors article about the 2010 Ridgerunners. But you may not know that Caleb has a storied past as an art school student at the MFA in Boston and he has some pretty funny stories to tell about performance art. He’s got his own pottery studio, has a banjo he made with a cookie tin and a dessert fork amongst other materials, and this year he is in charge of ensuring that the Ridgerunners out in the field have all they need to execute the program’s mission to “mitigate the impacts of high use through outreach and education” all while keeping morale high and staying classy. He hails from nearby “NoHo:” Northampton, MA.
photo credit Marc Chalufour, AMC
Back again after a season as Trail Crew Leader, the interim school year was a busy one for Rachel Goff, AKA Ridgerunner Zissou.
Rachel spent five months in Spain honing her excellent writing skills, learning Spanish, and keeping her tumblr well-stocked with astute and humorous cultural observations. She’s a rising senior at Colby in Maine and an advocate for brightly-colored clothing.
Teen Trail Crew Leader
Hola! I'm Melody. After a year of hopping the globe from Niger to France, England, and Ecuador, I'm really glad to have found my summer resting place in the Berkshires. I've done a fair amount of backpacking abroad, but I'm excited to start a different kind of adventure working with trail crews on the AT.
Besides hiking, I love taking my bike on midnight rides in the city as well as out on long bike tours.
On my free time, you'll probably see me reading a good book. I love good music and good eats.
Hopefully, we'll have a lot of both throughout the summer.
Hey Y’all! My name is Rob and I am between my junior and senior years at Columbia University majoring in Environmental Engineering. I am from Columbia County, NY and I am planning on having a blast this summer Ridge Running for the AMC!
When I am not hiking, I can be found either fishing local streams or getting fed up from not catching anything and going swimming. My new favorite hobby is cruising into town on my ‘70s ten speed rather than making the drive. This is my first summer working with the AMC and I am looking forward to every moment up on the ridge. Last summer I was starved for land, having spent my time sailing across the Pacific Ocean on the Robert C. Seamans, so this summer I plan on keeping both of my feet firmly planted in the Berkshires. See you on the trail!
Teen Trail Crew Leader
My name is Mike and this is my first year with the AMC. I was born and raised in Gambrills, Maryland.
I just finished my first year at Unity College in Maine where I am double-majoring in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy.
Rock climbing and backpacking are where it's at. Super stoked to get out on the trail and work with everyone this summer!
Donna Delisle-Mitchell “Nature”
Donna is not the name I prefer,
When I am hiking you can call me Nature
My children were grown, had jobs, and were set
Was it time for a dream of mine? You Bet!
In September 2009, my first AT thru hike was done
by reaching the top of Mount Katahdin
A repeat in 2010
Had others questioning "Again?"
My dream job was to get paid to hike
Never imagined I'd be spending time doing what I like
So a ridge runner I am for the AMC
If you need assistance or hiking tips just come out and find me.
Teen Trail Crew Leader
Hey guys! My name’s Savannah, also known as Starch. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is my first time spending much time on the East and working with AMC, and enjoying it so far! I just finished a semester studying Wilderness Medicine at the University of Montana. My first trail crew experience was working with the Montana Conservation Corps on an Immersion Crew last season and loved it! I love hiking and the outdoors.
I can’t wait to spend some more time in the woods and on the AT this summer.
Teen Trail Crew Leader
Hello everyone. This will be my first season with the AMC, and I'm stoked to be here. Im
currently studying Outdoor Education at Johnson State College in VT, but I originate from New Fairfield, CT. I grew up always being outside and continue to take my life into the outdoors. During the winter you can find me at Jay Peak, this season Ill be working park crew at the resort. I love adventure sports such as mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, climbing; basically anything you can get hurt doing outdoors. The A/T is fairly new to me but so far it’s been nothing but fun. Thanks AMC, looking forward to a great summer.
In the past couple of weeks there has been a chain saw class that was ripping lots of trees down for us to burn. As well as this nice long maple log, this will be used for us to start building a nice banquet table for the camp. The garden is booming and blooming. Our list of things growing is getting ever larger. We have planted as of today, Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Bunching Onions, Onions, and Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, potatoes, corn, cucumber, Zucchini, beans, carrots, peas and garlic. It is a nice list if I do say so myself. Enough dandelions for both the bees and trail workers to have enough food and flowers for all to enjoy without any worry of ever running out. Ryan from the shelters department helped me for one day and pick a whole bunch of peddles, wine can be made from these touches of flower. Ah, the power of self-exploration. Flies are soon to be done for the summer. I cannot tell you enough how happy this makes me. Working in the garden with a giant metal bird over one’s head, though entertaining, can get a little old. We have also had help from some of the staff of Pinkham. The ich to get out side burns in every one around here and with people are sick of doing dishes a couple decided to pull some weeds.
The dodge staff has been busy away working on their axes and a whole other slue of tasks to help us get ready for the up and coming season. Lots and lots of training hopefully will have all our staff feeling great about this summer. I must say, the whole staff is winding up to be great group of leaders. All staff are eager to work hard and learn much about trails and volunteer leading. We have been doing rock work training, basic maintenance training, teaching how to chop down a tree, the list goes on. With the chances of anyone leading any kind of trip we have to train all to ready for anything. After the month of training I know all the leaders will be ready for anything. We have many leaders and even a greater amount of confidence among the leaders.
With so many staff this year the tool shed was exploding with people. No room to even breathe. So what does one do when you need space? You let the creative juices flow and reorganize. A super helpful volunteer Todd Flagg, who has been on a couple of our trips, came in for a couple of days and helped bang out this new toll shed layout. Same building, same foot point, the outside looks the same, but the inside is both functional and spacious. Excellent
One of the great new additions to the camp dodge way of life is these solar light tubes. People and be in all kinds of hustle and bustle and still have no need to turn on the lights. The sun pushes its power even into the depths of the kitchen, were food can be made without the extra power of electricity for us to see the way. Yum
The season has started fast and furious. Lots of things are going on, all positive for both the staff and all our followers. Since this past winter a crazy big large water tank has been sitting in my field, just festering but a friend of mine is trying to build a natural water storage system. He was wicked into getting this tank, but like my self does not have a gas guzzling truck, so how does one s strap a 1000 gallon talk to it? Like so!
It has been a wild start to the whole season, super great, a little too busy, but wicked healthy for our program. The first week of crews now sits in the woods, let the gauntlet begin! This is 3-1 goose with Issue 2 of the camp dodge journals for the 2011 season. Have a great day everybody and love the land we live in!
I would like to thank the more than seventy National Trails Day volunteers that joined us in Crawford Notch this past Saturday, June 4.