Meet the Summer '17 Hut Crew
Summer 2017 brings new adventures and new faces to Maine Huts & Trails! When you come to the huts, you'll be greeted by a diverse group of young adventurers- some who've traveled the world, and some who've been exploring the mountains of western Maine all their lives. They're excited to be living and working off-the-grid, and look forward to welcoming you to Maine Huts & Trails.
Stratton Brook Hut:
Mike M. grew up in in Holliston, MA. With strong family ties in Maine, he has been visiting the Mid-Coast region his whole life and is excited to get to know another part of the state. After seven years working across New England for an outdoor environmental education program, he has decided to try something new. He’s eager to join the team at Maine Huts & Trails, where he looks forward to building a strong community for staff and guests. When he's not cooking and cleaning he will probably be found paddling around on the water, curled up with a good book, wearing out his hiking boots, or staring through a hand lens at a particularly fascinating bit of lichen. Only time will tell where and when the next adventure will take him - for now, he is content to live in the moment and welcome each new day as it comes!
Matthew W. was born and raised right outside of Portland, Maine. Even though Matt likes catching the surf in southern Maine, he finds equal enjoyment up in the mountains. While attending University of Maine at Farmington, it didn’t take long for him to realize the beauty that Carrabassett Valley has to offer. Finishing up his fourth year working on the competition crew for Sugarloaf, he is excited for the change of seasons. Matt is looking forward to meeting the Maine Huts & Trail team, and is totally stoked about commuting to work on a mountain bike.
Megan H. is from Ohio, where she recently earned her B.A. in Psychology after two years at Allegheny College and two at Ohio State. She spent most of that time learning about the anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties of food. She recently quit her job at a local bar and instead moved to the woods to live deliberately. She's looking forward to fresh air, clean water, and good company. Next, Megan plans to take her entrepreneurial spirit and create an empire!
Abby H. grew up in the suburban town of Oxford, Massachusetts and moved to the very rural town of Highland, Maine at 10 years old. She learned to ski not long after moving and now coaches children at Sugarloaf during the winter; including cooking lunches for the kids in the lesson programs. After living in Maine for 12 years Abby thought she should know more about the local trail system and joined the Maine Huts & Trails team. Her dream is to be more connected with nature and to spend as much time as she can hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors with her dog Monster.
Alec B. is joining Maine Huts & Trails for his first season coming from the Philadelphia area. Originally from upstate New York, he moved to Philly after honorably completing his service with the Marine Corps. As a recent graduate of Immaculata University in Exercise Science, Alec also has a passion for exploring and the peace of mind that nature offers. He is most looking forward to living off the grid for a few months and helping people with their own adventures on the trail system. Come spring of 2018 he will be heading off to Wyoming and Utah for 3 months to attend a semester long course by the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Mark L. is originally from Louisiana, where he stayed through his graduation from Louisiana State University in 2010. In the past few years, Mark has taken on a variety of seasonal jobs in the U.S and abroad, which have allowed him to balance earning a living while still pursuing adventure. Some recent adventures include walking the Camino De Santiago in Spain for the 4th time and a schedule of long distance mountain running races in the Canary Islands. Having spent time in huts and lodges throughout Nepal, New Zealand, Argentina, and parts of Europe, Mark has found great joy in the sense of community and healthy proximity to nature that hut living can bring. He looks forward to sharing in this joy with guests and staff during this summer season, his first experience in Maine.
Rheanna W. is a born and raised New Englander, moving from Southern New Hampshire to Western Maine with her family in 2006. A recent graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington, Rheanna has realized that the natural wilderness of Maine has called her name, and she is forever grateful that life has placed her in the perfect environment to assist in her growth as an adventurous young adult. While this is her first season with Maine Huts & Trails, ultimately, she plans on working for a year in Maine, then traveling and working wherever life may guide her. She looks forward to meeting friendly, like-minded individuals, and providing a warm and comfortable environment for backpackers and travelers alike!
Philip K. is a newcomer to Maine Huts & Trails. He’s lived all over the world, including Australia, where he learned how to camp; Washington, where he learned to canoe, kayak, and ski; and Florida, where he spent his summers escaping from the heat to do all of these things somewhere cooler. Philip spent this past fall training to become a Wilderness EMT before moving to Boston, where he spent the spring working as a high school rowing coach. Having just finished with a successful season, he can’t wait to spend more time in the woods, meet fellow outdoorsmen, craft some meals, and learn some new things along the way.
Jess B. is a Rhode Island native who fell deeply in love with Maine during her college years in Portland. As a graduate of the Maine College of Art, she not only has a passion for art and design but also adventure and the great outdoors. This summer will be her third season with Maine Huts & Trails, having spent this past winter skiing, hiking, and exploring all that Western Maine has to offer.
Grand Falls Hut
Emily Z., an Arizona transplant to New England, is joining us for her third consecutive season. During the spring self-service season, Emily lived in Vermont, where she worked on a cider orchard, and Costa Rica, where she taught sustainable arts. This summer, her goal is to step up her vegan skills in the kitchen. She also hopes you'll join her for a yoga practice (she's a certified instructor) at the hut, or at her favorite studio- the beach on the Dead River.
Grace M. grew up just outside of Boston, Massachusetts but has been in school in Maine for the past four years and now considers it home. She’ll be graduating with a degree in Community Health at the end of next year and is hoping to work on getting kids outside and more active. She has never worked at the huts before but loves people and cooking healthy meals. In the winter you can find her skiing any chance she gets, and in the summer you’ll see her exploring, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. She is also a certified community herbalist and looking forward to brushing up on her skills this summer surrounded by the beautiful natural fauna in Maine.
Huts Field Supervisor
Mike S., originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been working for Maine Huts & Trails over the past year providing top-notch hospitality as a Hut Master. He enjoys everything the Maine outdoors has to offer such as mountain biking, skiing, paddling, fishing and backpacking. Coming from a mechanical background, he has broad knowledge of off-grid and sustainable energy systems. If you see him in the hut or on the trail feel free to ask him questions or better yet an energy tour, he is more than happy to share the knowledge!
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