Poll: How much did you contribute at Upper Gose Pond Cabin?

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    Default How much did you contribute?

    One place where donations are "encouraged" is the Upper Goose Pond Cabin in Massachusetts. This anonymous poll asks anyone who has stayed there how much they contributed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickboudrie
    One place where donations are "encouraged" is the Upper Goose Pond Cabin in Massachusetts. This anonymous poll asks anyone who has stayed there how much they contributed.
    I don't really remember, but I sensed I was one of the heavier contributors to hostels while on the trail in 1993 and in 1995, when I went back to pick up those sections that health and weather forced me to skip in 1993.

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    It was $3 in '98 and that's what I paid.

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    Three bucks last year, to use a tent platform as far from the cabin as I could get. I could have stayed in the cabin, but didn't like the company.

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    The Mass AT Committee has recently clarified the policy that there is no fee at UGP and donations are entirely voluntary. There will no longer be a suggested donation amount and hikers should not be asked for money.

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    i think i was pretty cash-short when i was there, left what i could, at least a couple bucks and maybe a fiver ...

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    I'm a volunteer caretaker at Upper Goose pond cabin. They no longer have a posted suggested donation. It was $3.00 in the cabin and $2.00 for the use of a platform. This includes breakfast.
    This year, with the new set-up of not asking for donations, I collected more money per hiker than when we asked. Some hikers gave as much as $20.00. They said it was worth it.
    I still say, Upper Goose Pond Cabin is the best deal on the AT.

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    Is it cool for weekenders to stay there now?

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    It's AMC owned. Why would anyone give more than $3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Wolf
    It's AMC owned. Why would anyone give more than $3?
    To help offset the operating costs. Duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stupe
    To help offset the operating costs. Duh.
    If the head of AMC can pay himself the exorbant salery he does then all he's getting from me is 3 bucks.
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    Originally Posted by L. Wolf
    It's AMC owned. Why would anyone give more than $3?
    Quote Originally Posted by stupe
    To help offset the operating costs. Duh.
    Heh... Then why did you ONLY leave $3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Wolf
    It's AMC owned. Why would anyone give more than $3?
    Actually, I believe the building and surrounding property is federal property. Volunteers from AMC operate it.

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    I believe the building and surrounding property is federal property
    I think that's true, Peaks. In that regard its no different than any of the other AMC facilities along the AT-- Madison Springs Hut excepted.
    Last edited by rickb; 11-06-2005 at 09:19.

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    Peaks is right. The property is owned by the NPS. The cabin is managed by the Berkshire branch of the AMC.
    The supplies for the cabin, propane, pancake mix, syrup, coffee etc., come from the donations. Money collected, from hikers, is used to buy these supplies so that the pancake breakfast can be offered. Believe me, it's not a money making deal.
    I'll say it again;"It's the best deal on the AT".
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    Quote Originally Posted by justusryans
    If the head of AMC can pay himself the exorbant salery he does then all he's getting from me is 3 bucks.
    AMC is a nonprofit corporation. If so the policies and salaries are set by a board of directors. Does anyone have evidence that this isn't true?

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    Bob--

    The AMC web page says that it is for the exclusive use of thru hikers and AT section hikers.

    I'm sure you guys are very friendly to any weekender who shows up with a packpack, but iwould it be "right" for a weekender to plan on staying there one or two nights?

    Rick B

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    Quote Originally Posted by weary
    AMC is a nonprofit corporation. If so the policies and salaries are set by a board of directors. Does anyone have evidence that this isn't true?
    Not saying that. Am saying a 6 figure salary is excessive for a non-profit
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickboudrie
    Bob--

    The AMC web page says that it is for the exclusive use of thru hikers and AT section hikers.

    I'm sure you guys are very friendly to any weekender who shows up with a packpack, but iwould it be "right" for a weekender to plan on staying there one or two nights?

    Rick B
    Like the AMP web page says...It's for thru-hikers and AT section hikers. They do not incourage that it be used for day and weekenders.
    The caretaker will not normaly turn away anyone who hikes in with a backpack.
    Grampie-N->2001

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    Weekenders (and dayhikers too) are just short section hikers!

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