Caretaking: Community for the Self-Excommunicated

Once, a German hiker arrived at the Guyot campsite and exclaimed, “This is like a hostel, but in the wilderness!” I realized that he was right—although many people hike out into the backcountry to experience solitude as means of achieving temporary freedom from the rigidity of the “real world,” there is still an inherent sense … More Caretaking: Community for the Self-Excommunicated

Caretaking: 5 ways to awaken your childish spirit in the backcountry and at home

Back in May, before heading north to commence my backcountry campsite caretaker training with the AMC, I spent an evening sipping wine and attempting to stir my inner artist at a little up-and-coming studio right in the center of Contoocook Village called Hashtag Art Studio. “I’m not an artist,” I insisted to Maryann and Julie, … More Caretaking: 5 ways to awaken your childish spirit in the backcountry and at home

Caretaking: Poop Face

When I was little, we had a children’s book called “Everyone Poops,” by Taro Gomi. You probably know it, because everyone knows it: The captivating illustrations of deer pooping on the move, babies pooping in their diapers and one-humped camels pooping one-humped poops. After all, everyone poops, although I do remember there being a curious … More Caretaking: Poop Face

Caretaking: Radio Call

     “WYF711…this is 2-0 with your morning weather,” a female voice broadcasts over the radio. It’s 7am and the July morning is cold on the mountain. I’m cocooned in my sleeping bag, my body in denial of the fact that momentarily, I have to emerge from my little hot tub of down-insulated heat in order … More Caretaking: Radio Call