I had the pleasure of volunteering on the summit last summer. It was an unforgettable experience and I hope to return when my schedule permits. Before I left, I remember having a conversation about the tempermental, half century old, six burner cooking apparatus in the kitchen. It went along the lines of my having to delay dinner one night since I couldn't get the thing to hold temperature and cook a rather large portion of meat all the way through.
During the same conversation, I mentioned I would like to find a newer range for the summit, but I had no way of getting it to the top. I can't remember if it was Scot or Ken who chimed in, mentioning that "If I got it to the base, he'd get it to the summit."
Well jeez...a whole year has gone by and I was just remembering that conversation and wondering if the folks really do need or even want a new cooktop.
I propose this....
I'd like to hear from Volunteers and Staff in an effort to answer the question....Do you need a new range?
If so, I'd like to get some necessary specifications so I may search in earnest for a modern replacement that could somehow be shipped to the base of the mountain.
I have no idea how much this would all cost, but as my donation to the Obs and to the stomachs of everyone up there working and volunteering, I will foot the lions share of the cost (as long as we're not talking about something requiring a mortgage). If anyone else...volunteer or otherwise would like to donate to this endeavor, please let me know and I'll make every effort to keep everyone posted.
This might be a pipe dream or something deemed not worthwhile.....but....I'm willing to give it a whirl.
I shall await your comments.
Jeff Weinberg - Summit Volunteer - June '07