Madison Spring Hut Fall Croo
I just came back from a very cold night at Madison Hut and found the Croo there to be nothing short of spectacular. While new to the job, they were all obviously very well-trained, enthusiastic and just plain fun. In particular, the Hut naturalist, Anna, was poised, confident and polished - traits seemingly more appropriate for a seasoned veteran than for someone on the job less than a week.
I'd really love to know how AMC is able to attract and retain such excellent staff. The job is extremely tough, I would imagine, and probably does not pay that well. What is their secret sauce?
Good to know. I heard horror stories from SOBO's this year to stay away from Madison Hut. I just stopped in for a quick snack and thought the croo was fantastic as well!
This doesn't answer the question but on my White Mts. hike last month, the evening program at Zealand was about the history of the huts. They said that Madison was considered the most distant and remote in terms of packing supplies from/to the nearest road trailhead. So it might attract a heartier or more dedicated breed of volunteers.
Headed there next week. Glad to hear there will be some good folks awaiting.
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