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Hiking Leaders

NH used to have its "ol' man in the mountain".
Now we have our "ol' ladies of the mountains".

We'd love to have you come hiking with us and welcome you to the group.
Our trip leaders and instructors would like to introduce themselves…

Here you'll meet some of the most interesting, knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming women and men with whom you could possibly want to hike.

Come hike with us and we'll open your eyes to a world of adventure and camaraderie. Just look at where we've been and what we do. (Don't be intimidated by us. We wouldn't be here if we didn't want to share the enjoyment with you.)
(Leaders: We welcome including you here. You may also include a gallery. Contact the Excursions Co-Chairs & Webmaster.)


Presenting New Hampshire's Ladies of the Mountains:
Presenting New Hampshire's Ladie ^& Gentlemen

North Goose Eye Mt., Mahoosucs, July 2010
Alex Nedzel
Avidly up in the mountains on almost a weekly basis, Alex leads trips in all seasons. While best known for fast-paced mega-ridge traverses and knarly backcountry bushwhacks, he deeply enjoys sharing his hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering expertise and infectious passion for the mountains with hikers at all ability levels on just about any major peak.

The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
August, 2009
Anne Melvin
Loves the outdoors, hiking and kayaking. She has made many friends over the years through the AMC since joining in 1965. She completed the 48 by 3 seasons in 1973. An Over 55 Group leader since 1993, leader, she also served the NH Chapter for 15 years on the Executive Committee starting in 1990, including as Chapter Chair in 1999-2001. Anne also enjoys hiking in other countries.

Standing in the Rime (on right)
North Twin Mountain, NH, April 28, 2012
Becca Munroe
Has been hiking for more than twelve years and leading hikes for over ten years. In October, 2011, she completed the White Mountain 4000-footer Grid ("48X12"). Now she just hikes for fun! She enjoys showing new people the wonders of the mountains. She also enjoys bushwhacking and trail running. When not hiking, you'll find her road cycling, mountain biking, and backcountry skiing.

Cascade Brook, Old Speck
with Skipper
October 9, 2011
Beth Zimmer
Has been playing in the woods as long as she can remember, and she has been actively hiking since 1991. An all-season hiker, Beth has completed the W48, NEHH, NH200 and more. Beth particularly enjoys bushwhacking and the rewards of off-trail navigation, as well as red-lining and visiting new places.

In addition to being an active hike leader, Beth enjoys teaching map and compass skills, GPS navigational skills, backpacking and winter hiking skills. Beth spent three years as the AMC NH Chapter's Secretary, and presently she is Co-Chair for the AMC NH Excursion Committee.

Celebrating New Years
January 1, 2012
Bill Emerson
Although Bill had a 'late start' to his mountaineering journey, he began his NH Chapter volunteer career with the Presidential Range Hike - which he organized/led for several years.

As his addiction to "walking meditation" grew, he went on to complete the New England 4000 footers - and is in the process of completing the Northeast 111.

An alternative middle school educator by profession, he uses his summers to 'recharge' - alternating between extended backpacking trips to the Sierra Nevadas and mountaineering trips to the western US glaciated/volcanic peaks (including successful summit attempts to Mts. Ranier, Hood, Baker, Adams, Olympus - as well as several, lesser known peaks in the Northern Cascades).

Bill Warren
Bill Warren
As a kid, being punished meant being told he could not go outside. Completed the NEHH. Active trip leader and Cardigan Workshop instructor, and has served as NH Chapter Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair. If he is not hiking look for him on his bike, skis, in his kayak, or telling bad jokes. Tries to live by Oscar Wilde's "Life is too important to take seriously".

South Twin, March 5, 2010
A Near Perfect Day
Bob HumphreyBob’s Gallery
Started hiking with his dad in 1956. Upon his dad's passing, Bob took to the mountains again to morn and heal, rekindling his passion.

Soon he became a hiking animal, starting with Greely Ponds, the Osceola's and on to all of the 48, 45 solo, all in 1996-7. Next it was off to New England 4K's.

Bob Joined the AMC in '96, in part to support trail maintenance, but soon was taking the Cardigan Workshops, eventually with the goal of becoming an instructor and to complete the winter 4k's. He also adopted and maintained the "Lend a Hand Trail" for 8 years.

Being turned away from a winter hike for insufficient experience, led him to the conceptualization and implementation of the Winter Hiking Series in 2000 to help others enjoy the wonders of winter summits.

Bob’s Gallery

Bob Janukowicz
Bob Janukowicz
is a Class 1 Trip Leader and enjoys working as an instructor with students enrolled in the Winter Hiking Series and assisting them with acquiring the skills and experience needed to safely transition from three season to four season hiking. In addition to the above, 'Pilgrim' has extensive long distance backpacking experience on the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail of Vermont. Bob takes great pleasure in being a mentor and friend to experienced White Mountain trampers and aspiring New Hampshire 4000 footer hikers alike. Bob is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, backpacking, and kayaking throughout Northern New England and the Pacific Northwest.

Celeste is on the right in blue, Annual Women's Overnight, Beaver Brook Cabins
Celeste Philbrick Barr
Started hiking as a teen in White Mts. working for Youth Conservation Corps. A 3 season trip leader, she is Dir. of Education & Community Affairs at the Beaver Brook Nature Center, Hollis, NH. Has degrees in Environmental Conservation and Marine Sciences and loves studying trees, wildflowers, birds and tracks. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, running, snowshoeing, travelling to new places, bushwhacking and having picnics in the woods. Likes to offer outdoor activities in Southern NH.

Baxter State Park
March 11, 2008
David Ross
Tagged all 48 4K's in 2003 immediately after retiring, going on to do the both the New England and NH 100 highest peaks in Winter. A AMC-NH leader since 2005, he enjoys introducing people to hiking and to the concept of managing their gear and their energy in an efficient and safe manner.

He has taught backpacking at the Cardigan Winter School and indulged another passion by cooking at the Winter School on several occasions.

He loves bicycling, both road biking and touring, and is an AMC-NH Bike Leader.

Franconia Ridge, August 2008
Debbie Marcus
Once a flat-lander (Gloucester), now a Vermonter (Quechee); NH AMC Leader since 2010, also a Green Mountain Club leader. Completed NH 48 4K's (2009), the Long Trail (VT) End-to-End (2015). Hiked in Glacier NP 2010 and Zion NP, Bryce NP, and Escalante Grand Staircase 2013. Loves the natural history of the Whites & Greens, especially wildflowers which survive bravely on the summits. Loves leading novice hikers and the terrific NH AMC Family Group kids & parents. Perfect day? Carter Ridge, 10 new friends, chocolate to share: Priceless!

Denise Carter
Denise Carter is a year-round outdoor enthusiast and adventure seeker. She has traveled near and far, but her heart is in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She'd love to get you out there to experience and appreciate the beauty of our State and to be inspired to preserve it for future generations.

Mt Eisenhower
Cold & Windy? What's new?
June 15,2013
Ed ParkerEd’s Gallery
Believes any time on the trail beats life at the office! An avid backpacker and hiker, Ed is found most (long) weekends on a backpack somewhere in the Whites.

Having completed the 4K list in 2000, he now revisits both favorite and lesser-known trails and sights, based upon a "strategic weather forecast." Trail cooking based upon home-dehydrated meals and the practiced avoidance of bouts of "vertical displacement" due to wet rocks or roots are two of his on-going goals for each trip. Ed’s Gallery

Mt. Chocorua, July 2010
Ellen McDowell Ruggles
Ellen began hiking seriously around 1999 and a few years later became a NH AMC Chapter leader. Her favorite peaks are "all of them", but what she really enjoys is the adventure and interaction each hike or climb brings. Distant summits and trails include Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Whitney's East Face climbing route, The Grand Tetons, Mt. Hood and Alaska's Chilkoot Trail. Her hikes may be slower-paced but they are geared for those who seek to expand their horizons and the hiking goals that might be out of reach with faster groups.

Zealand Summit
Last of Eric's Winter 48
March 10, 2008
Eric Savage
Enjoys exploring the woods, especially the mountains of New Hampshire, and loves to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. He believes that good company multiplies the pleasure of a great adventure. He has been a trip leader since 2000 and an instructor at the Cardigan workshops since 2007. He has been NH Chapter Chair and a Young Member Co-chair, and is still the Chair of the Four Thousand Footer Committee. He is a pathological peak-bagger, always up for getting to the high point of anything, even a local park, regardless of whether there's a trail involved or not.

Frank Miller
Frank Miller
NH Chapter Vice Chair, active trip leader and Cardigan Workshop instructor. If not hiking or backpacking, I can be found fly fishing many of New England's waterways. "If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you're lucky enough."

June 2011
Girish Hemashettar
Introduces himself as "Irish with a G", in spite of his Indian ethnicity & upbringing. Took-up hiking to get away from civilization and to meet "Nature-thinking" human-beings, and got more than he was looking for. Got to meet great, enthusiastic and humorous people, who told him their life stories and showed him how to live life to the fullest. Most have now become good friends and great mentors. Mt. Adams is his favorite hike in New England. Now a 3-season leader for NH, having completed the NH48 in 2010. Working on the NH67 & Winter48's and training to be a Adventure Travel leader. Also loves to backpack and bike. Lives in a Boston suburb, but calls NH his home.

Mt. Crawford, January, 2012
Jane Gibbons
The overstuffed pillow. Under all that winter gear red-liner Jane Gibbons, 75, ascends Mt. Crawford at 0°F & wind chill of –20°. An inspiration, hiking is her passion, but she takes it at a moderate speed and enjoys sharing the adventure of being out there and meeting the challenge with others. Her hiking accomplishments include the 48 state high points, Kilimanjaro, and all the trails in the AMC White Mountain 28th edition Guide. Off to Turkey & Italy in 2012.
Someone crossing trails or peaks off a list.

Six Husbands Trail, Mt. Jefferson, September, 2011
Jen VarneyJen’s Gallery
Mountain Goddess. Four season leader and past Excursions Committee Co-chair. On the way to Jefferson! Although it was a late September hike, this AMC group experienced snow and some ice! When not hiking, she can be found working at SNHU. Hopes meet you on the trail someday. Member of WOM.  Jen’s Gallery

Lincoln Woods Parking Area, WMNF
Kaitrin Davis
I enjoy all types of outdoor activities and have found the AMC a wonderful place of information and support. My biggest dream in life is to one day see a white and fluffy mountain goat.

Our 2012 Nepal Trek

Tuckerman's Ravine, April 28, 2013
Karen Thurston
is a New Hampshire native and grew up hiking in the White Mountains. Her favorite hikes include Franconia Ridge, Jefferson, and Madison-Adams, and she is pictured here in Tuckerman Ravine. Karen hosts our popular NH Chapter Hut Nights, and has served as NH Chapter Chair and Vice Chair. When she's not hiking, Karen enjoys skiing, biking, and paddling.

Kathy Ellis
Kathy Ellis
is a Class 2 hike leader, Communications Committee co-chair and an active member of the 20s and 30s Advisory Board. She has grown up exploring the Whites and the endless bodies of water in northern New England. A certified personal trainer and yoga teacher, she has been studying exercise physiology and human performance since 2004. She is passionate about helping people connect to nature to experience peace and presence in the mind, body & spirit.

Mount Shasta, CA
June 15, 2014
Kevin Rooney
has been an avid hiker since 1995, completing the NE100 and the Northeast 111 in 2001, multiple rounds of the NH 4's in winter, including twice in one calendar winter. He's also lived and hiked in the Sierra, and hiked and climbed in the Cascades, American & Canadian Rockies and Europe. A winter hike leader for the NH Chapter since the 90's, he co-founded the Chapter's Winter Hiking Series (WHS) and taught at the Chapter's Cardigan winter schools. Kevin managed the AMC's August Camp in Oregon and British Columbia from 2009 thru 2011. When not hiking, he enjoys long-distance cycling.

Old Bridle Path, Franconia Notch,
looking towards Mt Lincoln December 15, 2012
Larry Yetter
Has been hiking and enjoying the outdoors since his days as a Boy Scout. After moving to NH in 2011, Larry took to the mountains with gusto. He hikes once to twice a week and is currently a 4 season leader. Larry enjoys introducing new hikers to the mountains so they can learn and experience the wonders that the White Mountains has to offer. Larry enjoys photography, woodworking, traveling and spending time with his family. Larry has adopted the Lend A Hand trail and is a Volunteer Leader for AMC Adult Volunteer Trail Crew weeks. He previously served as AMC NH Chapter Excursions Committee Treasurer and currently serves as the Excursions Committee Co-Chair.

Mt. Jefferson, March, 2010
(Nice hat Leon!)
Leon TokatlianLeon’s Gallery
A 4-season leader he hikes and leads all year: mostly in the northern presidentials in the White Mts. Member of American Alpine Club, the Himalayan Mountain Club, President of Summit Sensations Mountaineering Club.

Mountains have been a passion since childhood. Growing up he took of every opportunity to venture into the mountains of the Cedars of Lebanon and later in the French Alps. In 2000 he terminated his business and began to travel the world pursuing his childhood dreams of climbing high altitude mountains. He has climbed in Nepal, Argentina, Africa, Ecuador, Mongolia and China, as well as led multiple trips to Orizaba Mexico and many peaks in the Cascades. Leon’s Gallery

Upper Pisang Village, Nepal, March, 2011
Lora Claus
Originally from Virginia but doesn't have a southern accent. Seriously, y'all! Loves NH! Started hiking in a big way to see more of the state. When not in the mountains, find her on the soccer field, on the dance floor, or in the saddle.

Mt. Moosilauke, New Years Day, 2012
Marianne PageMarianne’s Gallery
Started hiking in Winter and just kept going. Prefers to lead slower paced hikes. Enjoys taking pictures and seeing newer hiker's enthusiasm. Likes to share what she's learned from hike leaders who mentored her all 4 seasons. Also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, because she loves to see the world - needing another life time, it seems. Looking forward to meeting you.

Our 2012 Big Bend Expedition
Marianne’s Gallery

Approach to Mt. Shuksan
North Cascades, Washington
June 19, 2007
Marty Janoschek
has been leading trips for the NH Chapter since 2000, instructing or cooking for the AMC-NH workshops at Cardigan Lodge since 1999 and exploring the outdoors since 1966. He is now working on the state high-points as part of his 100 year plan, after finishing the NH winter 4K'ers a few years back. Marty loves to be anywhere outdoors; hiking, climbing, back-country skiing, cycling or running.

Mt. Kilimanjaro
September, 2012
Mitch ManseauMitch’s Gallery
leads many of the Wednesday Group hikes year round. It is the group effort that he enjoys as he makes many friends on his climbs.

As Membership Chair he appreciates that stamps and labels are now self-sticking as he sends out the new member welcoming cards.

Mitch also paddles and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in September 2012. Ask him how much fun that was. Mitch’s Gallery

Mt. Flume, Finishing the Winter 4Ks
February 18, 2012
© Peter Wild
Norman MichaelsNorman’s Gallery
has been cramponing around the high Presidential peaks since 1971, when fresh out of college he started work at the Mt. Washington Observatory.

A Winter Hiking Series Instructor since 2006, he also teaches our Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue workshops.

We have a lot of fun on the hikes as he demonstrates snowshoe and crampon techniques along the way. "There is nothing like the crunch of a crampon point sticking into the windswept rime ice above timberline." Eating techniques are also a specialty.

In recent years he has used his skills to help summit Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, WA; and Mt Hood in Oregon. Norman’s Gallery

Osceola Summit, June 12, 2007
Patty Anderson
HikerPatty is her handle. She brings a great enthusiasm and her distinctive laughter to any activity. As well as being a hike leader, she is a paddling leader and organizer.

Photographing Splash Icicles
Diana's Baths, Bartlett, NH
March 30,2007
Paul HopkinsPaul’s Gallery
Enjoys hiking in the Whites and photography as a serious amateur photographer ... and enjoys helping others do the same. He leads photo hikes, where you'll not only stop to smell the flowers and contemplate the scenery, but also photograph same. His trips are planned so that the views have maximum photographic impact, especially around sunup or sundown. You'll get tips and instruction if you want it. Any camera will do!  Paul’s Gallery

Rick Desmarais
Lowe's Path to Mt. Adams
August 8, 2009
Rick Desmarais
A leader and organizer of the annual NH Chapter Presidential Range hike. Rick is an active hiker, event to the point of bloodying his knees. Rick is the Treasurer for the NH Chapter.

Snowshoeing up the back side of Mt. Hale
off Fire Wardens Road
January 30, 2011
Rick Silverberg
Has been a 4 season trip leader since 1977 and director of the leadership and mountain safety schools since 1982. An avid hiker, snowshoer, cross-country skier, mountain biker, trail developer and maintainer, and wilderness canoe tripper, Rick also Chairs the Winnipesaukee Trail River Trail Association and is a long-time contributor to the AMC Outdoor Leadership Committee, as well as teaches collaborative leadership, experimental education and mountain leadership. Rick loves to teach and really enjoys teaching mountain leadership. He gets a real kick out of co-instructing with a former student 20 years after they first took leadership in his classes.

Mt. Dana, Yosemite National Park
September, 2011
Roger Scholl
has been a trip leader with the New Hampshire chapter since 1987 and has been at instructor at Winter and Spring School since 1990. He is an avid hiker, climber, skier, and cyclist. He has hiked and climbed in mountain ranges that include the Alps, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, and up to Alaska. He is a member of the SouthEast Mass 2000 mile cycling club and has completed the New England 100 Highest in Winter. He is a Registered Maine Guide and is Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified.

In the Alps, on the Swiss - Italian border
July 18, 2011  Map
Ron Janowitz
Started hiking with AMC in 2000. He became a hike leader for the NH Chapter in 2003, and now also leads AMC Adventure Travel trips throughout the world. He loves to share his passion for exploring and enjoying the most beautiful places on earth.

New Zealand's Abel Tasman Coast Track
February 5, 2007  Map
Sam Jamke
NH leader since 1990, has been peak bagging since the early 80's. She swore off doing any more "lists" after completing the NE 100 Highest in Winter. As a retired chemist, she is into now into continent bagging, with Asia, Australia and Antarctica left to go.. She will simply have to lead AMC Adventure Travel trips to those places. Past trips include the Canadian Rockies, Death Valley, New Zealand, Patagonia, Scotland, Ireland, England, Morocco.

Mt. Elbert, CO, 2012
Highest Peak in the Rocky Mountains
Copyright © 2012, Stephanie Chambers
Stephanie ChambersStephanie’s Gallery
In the Fall of 2010, I became a Trip Leader and have had the opportunity to arrange hikes to amazing places in New Hampshire. I really enjoy leading beginner hikes and sharing the wealth of information I've learned on my own adventures and through the NH Chapter's Spring Workshops.  Stephanie’s Gallery

Terry Wilson Programs Co-Chair
Terri Wilson
grew up playing in the outdoors. Since moving to New Hampshire from Montana she completed the 48 4K's, the Long Trail and is currently working on the 67 4K's. Terri enjoys the camaraderie that leading hikes for the AMC has provided. She backpacks, kayaks and enjoys winter sports. Terri likes to play and New England is a great playground.

Profile Mt. (Cannon)
November 26, 2012
Tim Kennedy
began leading winter 4000 footers for the NH Chapter back around 1975 and several years ago led a winter trip in my fifth decade. He completed the NE 100 highest in winter back in 1993. He is still a trail adopter and enjoys helping teach winter skills at the Cardigan workshops. He his known to always have a good story to tell.

A Long Winter Hike

Wanda Rice
Wanda RiceWanda’s Gallery
NH leader since 2009. Leads & coordinates 4 season hikes for all. Finished the NH 48 in 2011 and in winter in 2016. finished the New England 67 in 2016. Also serves as Chapter Secretary, member of the Excursions Committee Leader Review Board, teaches workshops at Cardigan Winter & Spring School and teaches for the AMC's Mountain Leadership School.  Wanda’s Gallery

Mt. Monadnock, August, 2013
Wayne Goertel
In Wayne's hometown, the tallest "hill" was the man-made dike along a river. Relocating to New Hampshire provided him with many opportunities for hiking and skiing, which instilled a greater sense of advocacy for preserving the natural outdoors. An AMC volunteer since 2007, Wayne has served as NH Chapter Chair (2013-2015), Vice Chair (2011-2013), and a Young Member's committee Co-Chair (2009-2011). He is a Class 1 (four season) hike leader, and instructor at the NH Chapter Cardigan Winter and Spring Schools.
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