American Mountain Men
New England Brigade
Connecticut - Maine - Massachusetts
New Hampshire - Rhode Island - Vermont
Ron Marshall, 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
June 26 - July 4 AMM Nationals
Contact: Dickson Varner or Conan Asmussen
October 2 - 9 AMM Eastern Territorial
October 7 - 10 North East Mountain Men
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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From "Journal of a Clerk"
Near Old Fort Shattuck
Looks like much of the company has come through the late troubles and plague in fine fashion as we gather near Old Fort Shattuck! Q and I have traveled through our old haunts of Brown's Hole along the Squanacook, and I must admit that it felt great to hit the trail with my old partner as we have spent far too long cooped up between the plague, his being banged up, and the general requirements of life in the settlements!
We pulled in to camp two nights past in what can best be described as a
monsoon. Our spirits were
likewise temporarily dampened
when we saw no fly set for
cover, as we anticipated
passing the night either
under the stars, or a canvas
to keep the rain off. Were we
ever grateful to Dan'l B. for setting a tent for our "borrowing" allowing us to get out of the weather, and to look to our gear, which came through the journey in fairly satisfactory condition. It's always amazing how a couple of candles and a good friend to swap tales with can help weather any storm!
Yesterday morning dawned cool with gale force winds as
more of the company continued to roll in. After everything
we've been through, it is good to see old friends emerging from
their winter quarters.. I passed most of the morning
with Mr. Fox as my rifle had developed some
mechanical issues. Turns out that my original
diagnosis of the problem was not too wide of the
mark, but it is always wise to seek the counsel of
one as wise as "Uncle Ray. Under his hands, things are now right as
rain, and I am looking forward to looking down the sites again!
The rest of the day was spent chasing canvas and renewing old acquaintances, and making new introductions. Most of the company is hale and hearty, although another year older. It was particularly nice to see Mr. Bachman after so much time. The old saying about not being able to keep a good man down is particularly true to him!Two new hands, Jared and Ray, seem very promising and may have a future with this company!
Today was truly a day to be about our father's business, most of the day being spent with interviews of perspective members, before signing on of veteran hands. Our afternoon meeting not only saw our guests proving they could make fire, it also saw the welcoming of "Doc" Larsen to the rolls of the company. However, this was not the only congratulations in order as Brigade Booshway, Mr. Marshall welcomed Dan'l B to the honored ranks of Master Trappers. Indeed this award has been long in the coming and well deserved many times over.
As I set down this journal, there is a fine feast laid before us born out of friendship and a sense of family. It has been absolutely magical to be back out on the trail as we look towards new adventures and the twist and turns of the trail. In the morning, Q and I depart as the advance guard before dawn as we venture down the trail.
Travel Safe til next we meet!
View of the camp from Old Fort Shattuck
"Uncle Ray" palavering with Nick and John Roberts
Dan'l B. sharing a laugh with Poor Dog, Mr. Smith, LT and new friend Brian
Mr. Ken B. (White Mountain Party)- glad to have him back!
Big Tom, Denny, and Ron Valley (White Mountain Party) sharing some coffee and tales!
New friends Ray and Jared getting a feel for things
It was all smiles for Dave, Baker, Tom, and the Grangers!
Q is certainly everywhere, from showing Young Jake the way of things to working things out with Dave
Signing on for another Trip
B welcomes Doc to the Company
Being Counseled by Mr. Marshall
Dan'l B Conducts the Meeting
Presenting Dan'l B. with his Master Trapper Award
Long Since Deserved!
New England Brigade Master Trappers
Dan'l B. and Mr. Marshall
B. with Dan'l B. and Cathy
Cathy and Mr. Marshall enjoy a quiet chat