After 54 years atop Stratton Mountain, Hugh and Jeanne Joudry are retiring as summit caretakers. Over the decades, Hugh and Jeanne have made an impact on thousands of hikers who have crossed over the iconic summit. Learn more about Hugh and Jeanne, and share your memories of them below.
Thank You Hugh and Jeanne
“The first time I helped Hugh and Jeanne Joudry pack in to the tiny cabin atop Stratton Mountain in 2019 was one of the best field days in my five years at the Green Mountain Club. After meeting at their house in Stratton not far from the mountain, we loaded the truck with their food, clothes, sleep system, novels and artwork, and drove to Stratton Mountain Resort. There we met a cadre of others, some of whom had been helping pack them in for decades. Driving up the Stratton Mountain Resort service road, ferrying equipment and supplies three quarters of a mile along the fire tower trail, and opening the cabin was routine for them but humbling for me, aware that their half century of caretaking eclipsed my own caretaking resume by 47 years.
Leaving the tower that evening, with the window shutters off, the stovepipe installed, and their fridge (a deep hole in a rock crevice) stocked, I was filled with admiration of their eagerness to spend another summer in a tiny mountaintop cabin, surrounded by novels, bugs, conifers and thousands of smelly hikers.
To me Hugh and Jeanne are the epitome of caretakers, defined by an unwavering dedication to place, gracious mountain hospitality extended to all hikers, and the sense they’re most at home in the woods. After 54 years their impact has been immeasurable. I think I speak for us all in congratulating them on a well-deserved retirement!” — Lorne Currier, GMC Volunteer and Education Coordinator
A Lifetime of Memories
In early 2021, Hugh and Jeanne shared their memories and stories of 50 years on the mountain with a virtual audience during the James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure series. You can view that recording below:
Share Your Hugh and Jeanne Story
We know Hugh and Jeanne have welcomed many a hiker over the decades. Now is your chance to share your memories of meeting them atop Stratton Mountain. Share your photos, videos, and written memories via the form below, and we will compile our favorites in a later post.
You can also add a memory to this Kudo Board, a digital card.