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                Bamforth Ridge Shelter

Replacement for destroyed Gorham Lodge

Description of Gorham Lodge, and map, from the 24th edition of the Long Trtail Guide:
  Heading north from the summit, the LT drops down to Camel's Hump Hut Clearing (10.2 mi.). This was the site over a century ago of a rustic frame hotel (summit house), which failed financially and finally burned down in 1875. The clearing was later adopted by the Camel's Hump Club of Waterbury as a location for three tin huts that provided shel­ter for hikers from 1912 until the early 1950s. West from the clearing the Burrows Trail (6) descends 2.1 mi. to a road leading to Huntington Center. To the east the Forestry Trail (7) leads 3.1 mi. to the parking area at the Couching Lion Farm site.
  Beyond the clearing, the Long Trail enters the woods and descends steeply to a junction (10.6 mi.). To the right is the rugged Bamforth Ridge Trail (8), which descends 5.2 mi. to River Rd. between Jonesville and Waterbury. Bearing left on the LT it is 100 ft. to Gorham Lodge.
  Gorham Lodge, a log cabin with bunks for 12, was built in 1950 by the Long Trail Patrol in memory of H. W. Gorham, with funding from the New York Section. The lodge was extensively rebuilt in 1981 by the patrol and GMC volunteers. A brook to the east provides water, and a GMC caretaker is in seasonal residence to educate and assist hikers and maintain the site and nearby trails. A small fee is charged for overnight use. Wood fires are prohibited at Gorham Lodge. Montclair Glen Lodge to Gorham Lodge, 2.6 mi.

The 2001 Summer edition of Long Trail News reported "Gorham Lodge, on the north flank of Camel's Hump, has been closed. While still standing, the fifty-one-year-old shelter is about to fall off its foundation and is unsafe for use."

Date

Item

Brief Description

1997
Nov 19
Nov 19 -- Phone conversation - how do we start?
2000
Aug 02
Aug 02 -- Ben Rose: Section's financial role
            2001
Mar 00
Mar 00 -- Reidun Nuquist: possible names for new shelter
Jul 02
Jul 02 -- John Buddington, T&S Chair, reports on past and future work
Aug 22
Aug 22 -- Dave Hardy on old (Gorham Lodge) site and possible new site
Sep 27
Sep 27 -- Priscilla Daggett, committee secretary, reports on meeting
Sep 27
Sep 27 -- Dave Hardy on involvement of the State
Sep 27
Sep 27 -- A History of shelters north of Camel's Hump
Oct 09
Oct 09 -- Fred Jordan on fall work hikes
Oct 12
Oct 12 -- Joseph Bahr offers suggestions
Oct 18
Oct 18 -- John Buddington reports on summer and fall trailwork
Oct 18
Oct 18 -- Michael Chernick drafts letter to Ben Rose about Section involvement in the project
Oct 20
Oct 20 -- Ann Burcroff on the letter
Oct 22
Oct 22 -- Fred Jordan sends the letter to Ben Rose
Nov 04
Nov 04 -- Eric Seidel leads scouting trip to possible sites
Nov 05
Nov 05 -- John Buddington reports on scouting trip
Nov 06
Nov 06 -- john Buddington discusses possible sites
Nov 06
Nov 06 -- John Buddington reports volunteer activity
Nov 12
Nov 12 -- John Buddington reports on scouting trip for possible sites
Nov 15
Nov 15 -- More on possible sites
Nov 24
Nov 24 -- Dave Hardy being realistic
Nov 24
Nov 24 -- Dave Hardy on costs
Dec 16
Dec 16 -- Pete Antos-Ketcham reports on Gorham Lodge Construction Committee Meeting
Dec 19
Dec 19 -- Ann Burcroff summarizes criteria for site selection
Dec 20
Dec 20 -- John Buddington on sites
Dec 21
Dec 21 -- Michael Chernick on sites
Dec 31
Dec 31 -- John Buddington on sites
            2002
Jan 02
Jan 02 -- Scott Christiansen on possible structures
Jan 11
Jan 11 -- John Buddington posts info on sites (but that old web site is gone)
Jan 16
Jan 16 -- Agenda for January committee meeting
Jan 16
Jan 16 -- Comparison of three Sites
Jan 18
Jan 18 -- John Buddington: Committee selects site
Jan 18
Jan 18 -- (vanished) web site list of documents
Jan 22
Jan 22 -- Fred Jordan asks about VYCC (Vermont Youth Conservation Corps)
          Leanto sketch, Maine ATC design
Jan 23
Jan 23 -- Buddington visited the Groton leanto
Jan 23
Jan 23 -- Dave Hardy is fine with VYCC
Feb 04
Feb 04 -- Agenda for February committee meeting
Feb 05
Feb 05 -- Reidun Nuquist on possible names for new shelter
Feb 05
Feb 05 -- Ben Rose on finances for new shelter
Feb 15
Feb 15 -- Reidun Nuquist on names for new shelter
Mar 21
Mar 21 -- Authentic Log Homes gives pricing for a log package, for the new shelter
Mar 22
Mar 22 -- Dave Hardy on projected expenses
Mar 27
Mar 27 -- Dave Hardy revised expenses
Mar 27
Mar 27 -- Dave Hardy and Scot Christiansen on upcoming Trails Management Committee meeting
Apr 02
Apr 02 -- Section proposes shelter names to Trail Management Committee
Apr 17
Apr 17 -- John Buddington offers details on selected site
May 05
May 05 -- John Buddington on airlift of material to site
May 07
May 07 -- Dave Hardy on site visit
May 20
May 20 -- Bill Clark on meeting with Dave Hardy, Greg Western and Pete Ketcham
            Construction
May 20
May 20 -- Site layout
          Proposed tools
May 20
May 20 -- The Tools List
May 23
May 23 -- The shelter will be dedicated to David Morse and Harlan Farnsworth
Jun 13
Jun 13 -- Dace Hardy: the budget
Jun 27
Jun 27 -- Bill Clark reports on final plans for construction
Jun 27
Jun 27 -- Bill Clark gives details on those plans
Jul 10
Jul 10 -- BRS Committee meeting
Jul 22
Jul 22 -- Construction schedule
Aug 02
Aug 02 -- Roster of construction workers
Aug 02
Aug 02 -- Weekend plans
Aug 03
Aug 03 -- Construction roster for two weekends
Aug 07
Aug 07 -- John Buddington: Personnel and tasks
Aug 11
Aug 11 -- Thank you
Aug 20
Aug 20 -- John Buddington reports on the new shelter and its environs
            Dedication
Jun 26
Jun 26 -- Julia Heller sends "thank you"
Jul 13
Jul 13 -- Fred Jordan is happy to have Reidun chair the dedication committee
Aug 11
Aug 11 -- John Buddington suggests giving a "key" to the adopter of the new shelter
Aug 26
Aug 26 -- Annotated agenda for meeting of the dedication committee
Aug 29
Aug 29 -- Priscilla Daggett invites people to send in photos
Sept 07
Sept 07 -- Work plan for the dedication (first pass, annotated)
Sept 10
Sept 10 -- Dave Hardy reminds us that the trailhead is in Bolton, so the road name is actually Duxbury Road
Sept 18
Sept 18 -- Gary Sawyer (state forester) unable to attend
Sept 21
Sept 21 -- The work plan, revised and muchly "done"
Sept 22
Sept 22 -- Guest list - Draft
Sept 22
Sept 22 -- Guest list - annotated to show actual attendees
Sept 22
Sept 22 -- The invitation (draft)
Sept 22
Sept 22 -- The invitation
Sept 22
Sept 22 -- Speaker's notes for the dedication ceremony
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