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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2006

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Carter Notch Hut will be managed as a full-service hut next summer for the first time since 1995, the organization announced today. The hut will employ a full-time crew who will prepare and serve meals for guests, offer safety and hike planning information, and lead evening programs.

The hut will continue to be operated on a self-service basis in the spring, fall and winter.

Carter Notch Hut, built in 1914, had long been operated as a full-service hut. The switch to self-service came in 1995, as the club sought to provide the option of a hut experience at a lower level of service at a comparable cost.

The 10-year trial resulted in a steady decline in visitation at the hut, leading the organization to return Carter Notch Hut to full-service. “We believed there would be strong interest in a summer self-service hut experience, but the reality has not borne that out,” said AMC White Mountain Facilities Director Chris Thayer. “Summertime usage of Carter Notch Hut has fallen to less than half the levels experienced before the change-over, which tells us full-service in summer is, by far, a much more popular option for hut guests.”

“We’re pleased to make this switch, which should help serve the strong demand for the traditional, full-service hut experience and again allow visitors to plan hut-to-hut trips with full service across the entire eight hut system. Adding a full-service crew also allows us to offer our popular hut naturalist programs at this location next summer,” Thayer said.

The full-service season at Carter Notch Hut for 2007 will run from June 1 to September 15. Carter Notch Hut will continue to be operated on a self-service basis during spring, late fall and winter.

 “We will continue to operate Carter Notch, Lonesome Lake, and Zealand Falls huts on a self-service basis in winter, as that continues to be popular with the public,” Thayer added. Greenleaf, Galehead, and Mizpah Spring huts will also be operated on a self-service basis in May, prior to the opening of the full-service season in June, as they have for a number of years.

Carter Notch Hut is located in the White Mountain National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service recently approved the plan to reinstate full-service operation.

As is the case with all AMC huts and lodges, Carter Notch Hut is open to AMC members and the general public. Full-service hut guests will find bunks with mattresses and pillows, wool blankets, and a variety of informative and educational programs offered by staff and volunteer naturalists. Full-course, all-you-can-eat dinners and breakfasts are included in full-service hut rates.

In addition to offering self-service operations and lower rates at its winter huts, AMC also makes low-cost lodging available at the Shapleigh Bunkhouse at Crawford Notch, at Hermit Lake Shelters in Tuckerman Ravine, and at a series of 14 other backcountry shelter sites it operates for the public in the White Mountain National Forest.

Reservations for 2007 lodging space opened Oct. 2. Reservations can be made and space availability can be checked at www.outdoors.org/lodging, or by calling (603) 466-2727.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States. With 90,000 members in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers and trails of the Appalachian region.