American Mountain Men
New England Brigade
Connecticut - Maine - Massachusetts
New Hampshire - Rhode Island - Vermont
Dan'l B. Cripps, NE Brigade Booshway
Dave Edington, Booshway Brendan Cripps, Clerk
Mr. Edington was the man with the vision to create the Westfield River Party in 2011. A skilled craftsman of fine powder horns, as well as woodsman, and hunter, Dave also brings to the mountains a sharp business mind which might make Mr. W. Sublette consider making him a partner in the coming years. Mr. E. has travelled a fair piece looking to build relationships throughout the organization, and will never pass up the opportunity to palaver and swap stories and strenghten the bonds of brotherhood with his fellows.
BRENDAN D. CRIPPS
Author of the "Confluence of the Merrimack and Concord Rivers" series in Tomahawk and Long Rifle, editor of the Moccasin Mail, Cripps is a unique mixture of book-learning and field craft, having travelled many twisting and precarious trails both in the Rockies as well as the halls of higher learning. B is dedicated to a commitment to excellence for himself and delights in being able to further his own knowledge and experiences, while also always available to his friends and brothers, no matter what the occasion.
The senior hand in the party, "Skip" has travelled far and wide, north and south, east and west, with more time in the Rockies than any other man of the party.Teacher, leader, mentor, and true rennaissance man, Mr. Wiley's coat buttons over a long list of honors, and experiences, of which he is always willing and gracious to share with his fellows.On more than one occasion, men have been known to wonder, "What would Skip do?"
While his primary occupation in these mountains is that of a trapper, Mr. Thebodo is also a skilled hunter, craftsman, and a noted marksman. Ronnie is also a very experienced hand and always has a tale, yarn, or anecdote for any occasion, especially when tending bar, which is his own creation as well. Ask him for a gill of shrub and a tale, and you won't be disappointed, and will have gained a trailmate for life! It's not every man who is awarded his membership card by passing through an honor guard saluting with the finest New England maple! It also should be noted that, every now and again, Mr. Thebodo has been known to associate with the stars of the Alaskan moving pictures as well!
Mr. Duff is a true man of honor, whose word is his bond, and is always there to help a friend. A well travelled hand, Duffy's inquisitive mind, particularly about the trail to come, is the stuff of legend, as his skill in games of chance, as some of our brothers from Michigan can attest to after a run of luck in which the dice took a huge shining to Mr. D. leaving some of our friends to hold on to their shirts for fear of losing them! A man with a great attitude, problems seem to fall away from "Duffy" like water from a duck's back. It seems likely that Ray's career path will follow that of Mr. Sublette's into the potential ownership of a racetrack and spa when his time in the mountains has finished.
MICHAEL J. QUIGLEY
What truly sets Mr. Q apart is his work ethic and inventive attitude on the trail. Always looking to take on a new challenge, or take things to the next level, his "we can do that" attitude is infectious, resulting in members of the party being reinvigorated while continuing along his path, while at the same time motivating people to try new things, learning from his experience and sharing his findings, and asking for help and advice, resulting in all around him benefiting from his experience.
Old Colony Sportsman's Club (Pembroke, MA)
2nd Saturday of the Month
Townsend Rod and Gun (Townsend, MA)
3rd Sunday of the Month
Stumpjumpers Turkey Shoot
Old Colony Sportsman's Club
Doc Sullivan Thanksgiving Feast
Danvers Sportman's Club
New England Colonial Trade and Craft Fair
March 23 & 24, 2019
Leicester Rod and Gun Club
May 2-5, 2019
At spring camp May 5th 2011 the first conversations were had about forming a new AMM party from Massachusetts. The Westfield River party had its inaugural meeting at the Original Northeastern Primitive Rendezvous in West Warren, Massachusetts on May 30, attended by eleven AMM members including members of the White Mountain Party (NH) and Non-Party (?). The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the possibility of establishing a party for men from Massachusetts, and, if the interest was there, begin the process of establishing that party to be part of the New England Brigade. D. Edington, B. Cripps, R. Duff, S. Wiley, and R. Thebodo voted in favor of the creation of the Westfield River Party, with Edington being elected Party Booshway and Cripps as Party Clerk.
The party derives its name from a picturesque mountain valley in western Massachusetts which the men of New England have used as a gathering place since its discovery by Msrs Shaw, Kemp, and Farnsworth in '75. In the time since, the valley has become part of the identity of the mountaineers of New England, being a thread in the fabric of countless tales, adventures, and memories of all sorts, so that in many ways it has become a home that we look forward to returning to on an annual basis.
In the years since its inception, the Westfield River Party has strove to create a reputation of a "high quality outfit" not only within the New England Brigade, but throughout the American Mountain Men through adhering to the AMM goal to "teach, share, and learn the arts and skills of the original Mountain Men" by hosting and attending activities ranging from hunting and trapping camps, to educational demonstrations, while also focussing on the academic realm through numerous contributions to the Tomahawk and Long Rifle and extensive communication and conversation with AMM brothers across the country as well as hosting the 2015 AMM Eastern Territorial Rendezvous. As well as increasing it's numbers by over 50% in only five years. Although the younger party in the New England Brigade, the Westfield River Party's continued dedication to excellence is second to none!
Westfield River Party Spring Camp, plus Non-Party Members and invited guests, Edington Property, Rehoboth, MA (2012)
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After years of adventures ranging from the shores of colonial Plymouth, to the mountains of Colorado, to the halls of power in Europe, to the "Land of the Rising Sun", "Uncle Paul" has decided to sign on with the Westfield River Party looking for further adventures and to help his trailmates out as much as he can along the way. A man whose talents range from helping his fellows find "who they are" (from a historical perspective) to leading by quiet example, being able to rustle up a fine stew from out of nowhere, to sometimes even being able to predict the weather, Mr. Cripps is a welcome and exciting addition to the WRP!
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Excerpt from Journal of a Clerk
(Fall Camp along the Westfield River)
October 6: Yesterday found my trail coming back into the meadow from which our party derives it's name. I arrived after first light, but still in time for breakfast, it was well that the camp slept in, or my breakfast might have been cold!
The rest of the day was spent in the usual pattern of setting camp, checking in and reacquainting with our compatriots that have taken different paths from the rendezvous on the Pemigewasset. We also spent a fair time at either construction of new gear, such as my coat, which may be actually finished in time for the cold weather this year! I also acquired a new fusil from Uncle Paul in exchange for my old musket and cash on the barrel. My new acquisition had previously passed through the hands of our dear Mr. Newcomb, and I hope that I may do him proud.
The balance our time was spent swapping jokes and tales of old friends and memories, from the Flood of '04 to Mr. Houlihan's encounter with a lightning bolt, to Young Jacob recounting some of his adventures in the halls of higher learning. I also set for a long spell with Capt. Fox learning the intricacies of my new fusil.
Signs indicate that yesterday's ease will be contrasted with the orders of the day with shoots, and more negotiations planned for big business and exciting times.
October 7: Well, yesterday certainly lived up to expectations. After a leisurely breakfast and finalizing the rolls, it was all hands to the shooting line in honor of our veterans coordinated by Mr. Brown. I proceeded father and Capt. Fox to the challenge, for my annual dose of humility. While I would typically rate myself a fair-to-middling shot, it would seem that my old rifle and I were in concert. When the smoke cleared, I found myself in a shoot-off with LT, at which he proved to be slightly more on the level than I, taking home one of Mr. Brown's fine coffee pots! While the pot would certainly look good upon my dearest's hearth, I can not begrudge my friend his just deserts.
Dan'l B. then set us to another challenge in remembrance of Pierre's Hole. While it was a model and portends of a fine shoot soon to come, my rifle and I continued to have a day.
The evening found the camp messing together after meeting on our common path, welcoming four guests, and promoting Mr. Terry for all his efforts. It was quite a fest of all manners of sustenance and fellowship. Mr. Edington also conducted a meeting of our party to plan for the future.
This morning, after kindling the fire for my messmates, and jotting down these notes, I will roll out and head for the fires of home, there to settle in for the winter, and plan for the business of next year. Even as I write, Kevin and Young Jacob are mounting up and I shall follow directly.
Til next we meet, winter well, and safe travels!
Ronnie and Dave at the 2018 AMM Eastern Near Galena, NY