Fireside Chats

In December of 2018, The Notch launched a new in-house winter lecture series featuring local and regional outdoor enthusiasts with a compelling story to tell.

We named this series “Fireside Chats” and our aim was to provide an intimate space (the Notch Hostel living room) where community members can gather to hear inspiring mountain-based stories from the people who lived them. The series has become so popular that we are now broadcasting the series virtually as well.

The 2023 Fireside Chat lineup

Join us in our living room or yours! Doors open at 7pm and the presentations run from 7:30 to 8:30 pm followed by Q&A ’til 9 pm.

• 12/10/22 Lyla “Sugar” Harrod, New Ground: Growth and Exploration on the PCT, Hayduke Trail, and White Mountains Direttissima. *View talk description and register.*

• 1/1/23 Philip Carcia, In a Single Season: Hiking the White Mountains Guide in One Summer. *View talk description and register.*

• 1/21/23 Scott “Aquaman” Benerofe, Southbound and Snowbound: Surviving Winter on the Appalachian Trail. *View talk description and register.*

• 2/4/23 Kathy “Lotus” Chau Rohn, Hamer “Skywalker” Rodriguez, Justin “New Shoes” Tucker and Richi “Rabbit” Rodriguez, White Blazes and White Gazes: Hikers of Color discuss their experiences on the Appalachian Trail. *View talk description and register.*

• 3/11/23 Ari Iaccarino and Rik Ganguly of Ridj-it and the White Mountain Flyer, On the Road to Outdoor Accessibility: How Communities and Transportation Work Together. *View talk description and register.*

To attend in person:

1) Book a stay at the Notch on the night of the presentation, park in the main lot, and arrive by 7 pm


2) Show up when the doors open to the public at 7pm. If you are not a guest at the Notch, you must park on Lost Valley Road (not Lost River Road!!!) behind the hostel’s picket fence and walk through the backyard. In the event of a snowstorm, no street parking is allowed so members of the public may need to walk or shuttle in from town.

To attend virtually:

Register via the Eventbrite links next to each presentation.