Yo sieve,nice try to paint the people that are opposed to some of the actions and AMC programs as elistists that want "city people" out of "your" mountains, but you are dead wrong my friend. It's the AMC that thinks they are "their" mountains,not the people that live here. I have not met a soul in the local climbing community that resents people from away coming here,hiking here,climbing here,not one.I could not care less what license plates you have.
I don't even mind the Pinkham Notch camp.It adds color and a neat twist to the Whites,but I do mind the prevailing attitude that both you and Benlewis have that everyone needs to be educated about the proper way to enjoy the mountains.Ben works for the AMC,do you? Are you a member? Another poster here is a guide.You guys are all about educating others,and seem convinced that is the only way to get there,take a course,see a seminar,get a lecture,join a club. And of course,the AMC way is the right way isn't it?
I came to climbing and enjoying the mountains a different way.I think that if you have it in your soul to be in the mountains then you will learn all that you need without someone serving it to you on a platter,for a price.I don't believe for a minute that everyone should have a mountain experience sampling to see if maybe it stirs their soul,I knew from my early teens I wanted to live and play in high wild places.Ben's posts are pleasant enough,but he seldom misses calling the unwashed masses goofers,and that is so typical of the AMC attitude.
I have friends that come up and drive to the top of Mount Washington and coast down to the huts where they stay overnight and then coast down to the base.Without the AMC this would not be possible,I'd prefer that.I think you should have to be able and willing to hike up first,call that elitist if it suits your need,but it's not,it's part of the magic and pull of the mountains.
I learned to climb the old fashioned way,we toproped the six climbs that we could get a rope over,bought some nuts and biners and slings and started leading.We made tons of mistakes,and I would say it was the most dangerous part of my climbing life,and I would not trade it for all the courses and lectures in the world.Ditto the mountains,we made mistakes,had false starts,epics,nightmare descents after dark.Some of my best memories.
So I am OK that the AMC has a lock on the Whites at certain points,but in their unbridled and unchecked zeal to educate the "goofers" they have grabbed up Crawford Notch now too,as if their way is the only way.And they see fit not just to have a hut system,but to arrogantly stand on the very summits and lecture to anyone who happens by.That just sucks.