The Long Distance Hiker ~ Winter 2016-17
February 1, 2017 | By Bill | Impressions: 36 |
The newsletter of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
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2 The Long Distance Hiker Winter 2014-15 W e had a grand time in the shadow of Graylock for our 33rd annual Gathering. From the very early morning on Friday, before registration had begun, volunteers were moving around like busy bees preparing the barn, campsites and parking areas at Eric White’s farm. Many of those same volunteers had assem- bled days before to organize and prepare for the Gathering. Thanks to all of you who dedi- cated your efforts toward a successful event. Randy Anderson (“Chuck Norris”) was this year’s program coordinator, and his wife Lu- Anne (“Tigger”) was a co-coordinator with him. Together they worked throughout the year to organize speakers, workshops semi- nars and more. Their unique contribution came in the way of special videos during the opening ceremony and a Sunday evening pro- gram that involved many talented hikers per- forming on stage. Thanks also to Eric White (“Mini Mart”) for providing the camping area and Noel DeCavalcante (“The Singing Horseman”) for coordinating the campsite. Thanks to Bill O’Brien (“Sprained Rice”) and Robert Sylvester (“Sly”) for registration, website management, newsletters and pro- gram editing/printing. Thanks to Jim Nied- balski (“High Octane”) for coordinating the facility at Williams College and for all his ef- forts in mediating between ALDHA the Williams Outing Club, the college and the ’62 Center. Special thanks to Cosmo Cata- lano for making our events work so well at the ’62 Center, and to Scott Lewis and the Williams Outing Club for sponsoring our group. Thanks also to Ron Bungay (“Yellow Shoes”) for coordinating the hiker fair. Thanks again Sue Spring (“Mama Lipton”) and Tom Evans (“Flatlander”) for countless efforts and for the Apple Contest. Thanks to Jim Sample (“White Sidewalls”) for running the ALDHA Store. Thanks also Vera Hurst (“Missing Kink”) for stepping up to judge and organize the Photo Contest. Our Saturday evening feature presentation by Chris Gallaway (“Frost”) moved all of us so deeply. His film powerfully communicated the beauty and passion we all experienced during our own hike. I am so glad that Bill O’Brien met Frost at the 2013 hiker feed in Salisbury, thus acquainting us all with this beautiful film. I received wonderful feedback about the film and so many of the other pre- sentations/workshops/seminars. Thanks to all who served as presenters. And thanks to those who served on the work trips at the conclusion of the Gathering. Remember that there are some NOBOs, SOBOs and flip-floppers out there on the trail. There was a snowstorm as I wrote this and much of the trail was covered. If you live near the trail, reach out and encourage those who are heading north or south, wherever their place of completion might be. Sincerely, Kip Redick Coordinator The Long Distance Hiker December 2014 Vol. 25, No. 4 Editor-in-Chief Bill O’Brien The Long Distance Hiker is published four times each year by ALDHA, the Appa la - chian Long Distance Hikers Association, a 501(c)3nonprofit registered in New Hampshire at 10 Benning St., PMB 224, West Leb anon, NH 03784. Membership is open to all. There are no pre requisites to join. To sign up, fill out and mail the form on Page 11, or go on- line to www.aldha.org/join.html . To contact us via email, write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Our home page is at http://www.aldha.org . If you need to contact the folks below, see the Directory. ALDHA Coordinator Kip Redick Assistant Coordinator Randy Anderson Treasurer LuAnne Anderson Membership Secretary Robert Sylvester Recording Secretary Sue Spring At-Large Board Members Ron Bungay ’15 Jim Chambers ’16 Russell Ledbetter ’16 Jim Niedbalski ’15 Peter Passalequa ’16 Jim Sample ’15 Gathering Coordinators Betsy Kane, program Kip Redick, facilities Opening for campsite coordinator Outreach Coordinator Jim Sample 2015 Companion Editor Robert Sylvester Webmaster Bill O’Brien Merchandise Coordinators Randy Anderson A.T. Museum Representatives Noel DeCavalcante Bill O’Brien DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE: FEB. 1 Mail items to email@example.com or to 181 Highland Ave., Meriden, CT 06451 No copy of this newsletter may be posted online in whole or in part without the editor’s consent. Thanks for another great Gathering From ALDHA’s coordinator H. DEAN CLARK “CROOKED STICKS” Coordinator Kip Redick plays ‘The Gathering Song’ at the Friday night opening in WIlliamstown.