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Charlie Kellogg

Charlie Kellogg

Charlie Kellogg passed away Monday, September 21 2015. Charlie has a long history in the White Mountains, and undoubtedly many friends still reside in the valley. Charlie started working in the AMC huts as a young teenager. He was the hut master when chief Justice Douglas visited the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Thereafter National Geographic published an article and photos about Douglas’ visit and this greatly popularized the huts.

Charlie went to the Holderness School, Williams College, and then Tuck, Dartmouth’s Business School. In 1968 he was on the U.S. Nordic Team and competed in the Olympics that year at Grenoble in the 30K and 50K events. He also won the first U.S. National Championship in biathlon, served on the U.S. Biathlon committee as a director and vice chairman and was elected to the U.S. Hall of Fame in Biathlon. He was very active in the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Charlie Kellogg Memorial Funds at the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 1486, Manchester, MA 01944 or at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, P.O. Box 216, Jackson, NH 03846.

11/24/2015 update: Charlie’s ashes were scattered at Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal and a cairn put up.
Kellogg at Annapurna

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Lucas Ryan Richardson

3207Lucas Ryan Richardson, 25, of Hailey, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 12 2015, after sustaining an injury in a climbing accident in the rugged Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Luke was born February 10, 1990 to Peter and Stephanie Richardson in Berlin, Vt. He attended Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt., and graduated from the University of Vermont with a natural resources degree focusing on forestry.  He worked four seasons in the Appalachian Mountain Club hut system in New Hampshire, which was an integral part of his life and was where he met many hikers and formed lifelong friendships with other “croo” members. After spending the winter in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, he moved to Idaho in the spring of 2015, where he planned to start his career as an arborist so he could work with the climbing ropes and trees he loved.

He was an avid rock climber, hiker, backcountry skier, mountain biker and trail blazer—basically all things outdoors. He inherited his outdoor passions from his dad, as he did his love of music.  Part of his job with the AMC was cooking and baking for the hundreds of hikers—a skill that Mom later enjoyed because he would come home and cook for her.  Lucas loved spending time with his family and friends. His mom and dad enjoyed hiking with him, even if he left them in the dust with Sammy, the family dog—the only hiker that could keep up with him. He was also quite competitive in croquet and ping-pong, and made every game a challenge but loads of fun.

So many things about Lucas will be missed immensely—among them, his shining smile, his laughter, his determination, his quietness, his wit.  He always brought out the strengths in other people through his encouragement and his love of sharing the outdoors with everyone.

We know that many contributed to our search-and-rescue efforts in finding Luke, but if you feel you would want to give more, in honor of Luke, you can donate in his name to the Appalachian Mountain Club at www.outdoors.org. Again, thank you to everyone for your love and support during this journey.

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