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Tony Pranses, National president, visited Columbus and "stated that hostels are weak in that councils are leader oriented rather than program oriented, and that it seems strange that such a large city as Columbus should have only one council."


On February 20-22 on Washington's Birthday weekend the Council's first ever ski week-end was held in conjunction with the Detroit Council. Twenty four Columbus AYHers traveled to Caberfare near Cadillac, Michigan by five cars. Renting five cabins for the group, they shared cooking in the usual AYH fashion. The total cost for 3 overnights, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, transportation and trip fees was $23.05 per person.


"Several AYHers accompanied by some Central Ohio Grotto (COG) spelunkers descended into the nether regions Saturday, March 12. Ascended would have been more appropriate, since we had to climb an exhausting hill overlooking Carter City, Kentucky, before gaining entrance to the caves. The first cave visited, the larger of the two, was Cow Cave (known locally as Spring Cave). We were greeted near the entrance by a splendid array of ice stalactites and ice stalagmites. Walking along the icy floor of the passage, we soon came to a place where we could gain access to the upper level. Here we climbed up an old rickety stair and scrambled across a sort of ledge into a fissure which lead to a crawl passage. Much to the enjoyment of certain spelunkers, and to the consternation of some novices, caves are not always built on a horizontal plane. One of the interesting aspects of this cave is the many entrances. So, every once in a while we would see daylight ahead, poke our heads out to survey the landscape, and then duck back in for more caving. After pushing through Sloans Misery, came upon an entrance which was only a few feet from the main entrance to the cave. The other cave called Counterfeit Cave, had an even more impressive ice formation near the entrance. This cave was dry inside and the passages were, for the most part, walkable.. Although it was a rather rugged trip the AYHers withstood the ordeal admirably; some of them were even so polite as to pretend that they enjoyed it."


This spring a new type of AYH trip - the after-work bicycle ride - was inaugurated in Columbus by Roy Meyers. The trips involve leisurely browsing through places around the city. Did some sightseeing around the University farm area as well as the student housing area on the Olentangy River Road, along a footpath and adjacent street just east of the Olentangy River to Whetstone Park, and to the north of the Ohio State Fairgrounds and then rolled through Walhalla Canyon.


On Memorial Day weekend a canoe trip was led out of from Camp Nelson Dodd ( YMCA camp near Brinkhaven). On Saturday, the Clear Fork of the Mohican and the Black Fork of the Mohican were run from Mohican State Park to Camp Dodd. On Sunday, they went from camp to Mohawk Dam with its difficult portage. While most portaged around the dam the following description provides an answer for those unwilling to portage. "The flood gates looked too low to provide sufficient clearance. The trip leader could not resist, so after practicing squatting below the gunwales, he headed into the most promising gate and just barely made it through. The gate led into a huge tunnel about 20 feet wide, 10 feet high and 500 feet long. At the end there is a fast chute and a huge standing wave for the best thrill of all. Three others also navigated the dam and described it as the highlight of the trip, but was not recommended as a standard practice.


Saint John Catchpool, founder of England and Wales Youth Hostel Association and former president of IYHF visited Columbus. He provided a strong impetus for hosteling in Ohio, and in addition to regaling his listeners with facts about hosteling he also injected his own special brand of humor regarding his thoughts concerning the movement and his experiences.


On a island-hopping bicycle trip a group stayed at East Harbor State Park, South Bass Island, Kelley's Island and Castalia. The longest ride was 25 miles around the East Harbor area. To get to Kelley's Island they chartered a plane to fly the six people and six bikes at a top speed of 25 miles per hour. On Kelley's Island the state park was nothing but a jungle of poison ivy. The return from Kelley's Island was by ferry.


The Pine River, a fast, clear, cool trout stream near Cadillac Michigan, is considered by the experienced Detroit AYH canoeists as the most exciting and difficult canoeing streams in Lower Michigan. On July 1 and 2 five Columbus AYHers embarked on the infamous Pine with much anxiety, a few qualms, and with a hot sun overhead. Even though the River was somewhat lower than usual, the current was still faster than one could back paddle in most places. During most of the trip the current was an enjoyable three to five mph, however for five miles the current more than doubled its speed and kept the canoes on guard trying to avoid rocks and trees.


A report on battling the mosquitoes on the Tippecanoe River in Indiana. "After a few hours the rain subsided and our battle with the fallen trees began. We went around them, under them, and sometimes through them. It is my contention that the fallen trees are caused by the mosquitoes, who chew at the roots of trees until they fall into the stream. Then while we unfortunate canoeists are fighting our way through the branches, the mosquitoes sting us. We were up against a clever adversary to be sure."


At the annual membership meeting on October 7, 55 persons meet at the Lewis Center Hostel to enjoy a steak dinner and voted for the formal incorporation of the Council.



For the first time in several years a horseback riding trip (overnight) was held, and by the end of the year it was reported to be a major activity. And for the first time a rock climbing trip was held, with the site being Clifton Gorge.


A canoe trip by 6 Columbus AYHers went on the south fork of the Cumberland River starting at Oneida Tennessee. They say this is two hours closer than the good rivers of West Virginia or Michigan and this is more spectacular. "Departing from a white sand beach we paddled leisurely and enjoyed the scenery. Huge boulders dotted the river bed; limestone cliffs towered above us, as we floated on the clean green water of a secluded steam in the Cumberland National Forest. The water was lower than usual and the rapids were class I and II, i.e., big riffles, easily handled. At mid-morning we portaged a class IV rapids. The danger here was not so much swamping as dashing one's head against the sharp rocks that lined the narrow passage. By afternoon the riffles became fewer and we paddled long stretches of flat water with little current. We camped on a sandy spot near the state line. A small waterfall in the spring-fed stream that flowed nearby provided cool showers at the end of a long hot day. The next day we had more and bigger rapids, requiring considerable maneuvering to avoid the rocks."


The annual National meeting took place at Glen Helen Hostel ,hosted by Columbus Council. The theme was "Hosteling, Key to Outdoor Adventure". Twenty two Councils were represented. Columbus Council received a citation for having increased its membership 41%. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Interior Secretary Stuart Udall. Business at the meeting included the establishment of a capital improvement fund, the approval of certain minimum standards for hostels, agreement by all councils to use the National emblem uniformly (it was reported that there were 500 different emblems in use?), and some recommendations regarding the broadening the use of a group pass.



An optimistic group of AYHers gathered at the Nelson's on March 10th to prepare the equipment for spring. After dining on excellent "pot luck" they were entertained with selected readings from Winnie the Pooh by Marilyn Warner and Roy Meyers.

John Wagnitz led a very hardy group on a backpack trip in March. Although hindered by ice and floods, they visited both Burr Oak and Community Camp Hostels.

Chilly weather didn't dampen the Kokosing River trip. Twenty three people canoed this lovely river near Gambier.

The canoeing season continued with the Red River trip near Sky Bridge in Kentucky, the Mohican river trip on Memorial Day, and practice rapids on Paint Creek. And then the fabulous Cumberland River, Kentucky trip. The scouting weekend (Oct. 12-13) to the Youghiogheny was a real delight. This is a sparking clean river with interesting but not difficult rapids.

Paul Suttner led another group backpacking on the Buckeye Trail in early June.

The traditional South Bass Island trip featured a glimpse of the eclipse this year. This trip was followed by a relaxing week-end at Community Camp Hostel."

Dan Burden led a bike ride to Madison Lake on Sept. 8, 1963.

A Winter Festival was held in December at Charlie Pace's cabin in the Hocking Hills.


In 1963 there were 21 day trips with 306 trippers, 16 overnight trips with 181 trippers, 14 non-travel events with 278 participants, pass sales of 516 and liquid assets of $2226. The trips broke down to 2 ski, 13 canoe, 7 bike, 7 hostel, 6 hike and 1 other trip.


Columbus Council became a Class "C "Council that entitled them to one additional vote on the National Council meeting and they were no longer on probation.

The Dublin Community AYH Club was chartered on January 10 as the first hostel club in the Columbus Area. It was open to anyone under 21 years of age in the Washington Local School District. Others followed with the Cleveland Hostel Club and Toledo Hostel Club organized in 1964.


"The sport of cycling is undergoing a major change with the advent of the club bicycle, a cycle which has been introduced during the last decade and which shares many features with the racing cycle. The Columbus Council AYH, being a highly mobile group and recognizing the change, appointed a committee to look into the move toward this new cycling machine. The one-man cycling information committee, Dan Burden, gives the following report: 'The cycling enthusiast, be he male or female, young or old, has a pleasant surprise awaiting him when he mounts the club cycle for the first time. After he adjusts himself to the narrow seat, the dropped handlebars, the high pressure tires and the 10 or more gears, he will find himself cruising along at speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour with ease he never dreamed possible. He will soon find himself taking weekend trips, searching out rolling hills and attacking winds which keep most cyclists off the roads, and returning home not dead but feeling more physically fit and relaxed than when he left. In creating the club bike, the cycling industry has combined a knowledge of physiology and physics to produce a machine which meets the needs of the serious cyclo-tourist. The funny looking contraption, although appearing uncomfortable, is in reality more comfortable than the popular three-speed bike. It definitely is not a machine which you can ride around the block and then accept. It takes serious adjustment after becoming accustomed to the regular touring bike. It is an expensive piece of equipment, with a good bicycle costing around $100, and therefore should not be purchased hastily."


An eleventh night party was held at Marilyn and Scott Warner's house where participants brought their Christmas trees for a huge bon fire and festive evening.

A lady from Helsinki, Finland joined the Council and started a cross country ski program. She listed 8 reasons why a person should prefer to cross country rather than downhill. 1-Less likely to get hurt, 2-No more strenuous than hiking and not much harder to learn, 3-No waiting for ski lift, 4-The skier uses more of the body, 5-Not restricted to crowded slopes, 6-The cost is lower, 7-You can use cross-country skis for downhill but not visa versa, and 8-It is more fun.

The annual Lake Erie Island trip was held at Kelly's Island with Charlie Pace and Dan Burden in charge.


A bicycle committee headed by Pat Deason was organized with the "responsibilities of establishing and marking bicycle routes in the Central Ohio area; mapping bicycle tours in Ohio, using both the marked routes and other suitable routes; conducting qualification runs and keeping records; maintaining council bicycles and trailer; taking part in trip planning and leading."



An increasing number of ski trips were held this year than in the past. They went to Western Pennsylvania (8 trippers) and Northern Michigan with (30 trippers). There were many Wednesday and Friday night trips to Mansfield for downhill skiing, but also some cross-country skiing.


On September 20, 1965 the monthly meetings of the Council started to be held at the Center Of Science and Industry. Until this time they were held in members' home or at the YMCA.


The Council had a number of international trips each year. In 1965 there were trips to Lake Timagami in Ontario Canada and several Columbus Hostlers went on a National trip to Russia, England and seven different European countries on a one month tour.


Glen Helen, Union County, Licking County, Delaware County, Kentucky Tour, Southern Ohio, Logan County, Knox County, Cuyahoga County, Fairfield County, Burr Oak, Southeastern Ohio, Ross County, Mohican, Muskingum County, Mt. Pleasant, Highland County, Kelly's Island, and Niagara Falls were just some of the bicycling trips led in the spring and summer. In addition, qualification rides of 25 miles in 3 hours, 50/5, 75/7 and 100/10 were led.


New River Gorge, Wild Flower, Hocking Hills, Burr Oak, Tree Identification, Lake Hope, Litterbug, were just some of the hikes this year.


The streams that canoeists used this year were the: Mohican River, Miami River, Paint Creek, Kokosing River, Big Darby Creek, Greenbrier River, Olentangy River, Elk River, Cumberland River, Youghiogheny River, Manistee River, Scioto River, and Pine River. There was a wilderness trip to Timagami Provincial Forest of Ontario, Canada.

Caving, horseback riding, sailing and social events were also popular activities.


The Hosteler started coming out monthly. Previously it had come out every three months with a monthly post card. It was no longer printed at the YMCA, but by a commercial printer.


The first time the Buckeye Hosteler lists the Christmas canoe trip on the Hocking River was on December 26, 1965. Fred Appleton and Charlie Pace were the leaders saying be prepare for snow, sleet, hail, and maybe a little sun.



Starting in 1966 canoeing instruction included 1) 15 hour Red Cross basic canoeing course for beginners, 2) A weekend river canoeing course covering advanced whitewater canoeing strokes, canoeing safety, rescue procedures, and river reading, 3) A Red Cross canoeing instructors course. To make use of this knowledge there were one or two trips each weekend.


Scott Warner designed a triangle to be worn by bicyclists on their back. This device came to be know as a Fanny Bumper. The Columbus Council required all bike riders to wear it on Council bicycle events.


The Council purchased a mold and the materials to make their own C-1 canoe. Also, members could buy the materials and rent the mold in order to make their own.


Columbus Cavers Return Victorious After Southern Campaign" by War Correspondent: Greg Siple

Led by four-star general Dan Burden, 22 Columbus AYH cavers spent the three day New Year's weekend in battle with caves of Carter County, Kentucky. The first attack occurred at 1200 hours on Friday with a direct frontal assault on Cow Hill. After reaching the top, the cavers poured into Cow & Counterfeit Caves. After several hours, complete control was achieved.

A strategic withdrawal was made to Bat Cave where headquarters were established and equipment was made ready for the evening attacks on H2O and Laurel Caves which were eventually successful. Defensive positions were established in Bat Cave for the night. Only five cavers on patrol outside the cave saw any action in a night-long skirmish with the rain which was to harass the entire force until full withdrawal was made to Columbus.

The morning advance on D + 1 saw Jarvies and Fern caves fall to several lightning attacks by various brigades. That night was spent in intensive field training with General Burden keeping activities rolling.

On morning of D + 2 the unit pulled out after a brief mopping up [operation at Saltpeter Cave. All returned safely. New recruits, Wilbur Bruce and Harold Shrock, Jr., on their first AYH campaign were promoted to full-time AYHers. June Jenkins, Lyssie Brant and Kathy Wildman were issued a Unit Citation being the only girls in the troops." by: Greg Siple February 1966

TOSRV by: Greg Siple

"The fifth Annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley , May 21-22, 1966, was a huge success with 45 riders leaving the starting point for the two-day, 210 mile bike ride. Half of the riders were not from our council as there were 15 from Lima, 2 from Mentor, one from Youngstown and 3 from Chicago. A surprising 38 completed the distance with 9 of the 10 female starters making it all the way. The finishers ranged in age from 11 to 47 years. There were 2 meal stops going down with the council trailer used as the kitchen facility. Saturday also included about 20 miles of rain, which only seemed to increase everyone's (?) enjoyment. Due to the rain, overnight accommodations were found in the locker room of the Portsmouth municipal stadium."


107 hostlers from Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio became part of the Kelly’s Island Rally in conjunction with the Second Annual Great Lakes Rally. Individual hostlers from the Buckeye State came mainly from Columbus, Bowling Green, Toledo, Akron, Lima, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Columbus attained a new record for trip attendance with 60 people attending the two-day rally.

The rally consisted of cycling contests, canoeing contests, cycle touring, day and night hiking, canoeing, swimming, evening program with songfest and watermelon eating contest.



Greg Siple reported that 1200 TOSRV entry blanks were being sent out. They were sent to people in 15 states. The "Lima Lizzie" (converted school bus) was to be used to haul the gear of the participants to Portsmouth. TOSRV had 218 start and about 150 finish this year. Wilbur Scott (Executive Committee and owner of Campus Bike Shop) sold 15 bicycles because of the tour and he congratulated, Mr. Siple, Greg Siple and Charlie Pace for a job well done. Charlie Pace did the food this year.


A rally series included Canal Winchester July 15-16, Kelly's Island Hosteling Rally August 5-6, Carter Caves Rally September 10-11, and Glen Helen Rally September 9-10. In addition to these events, a National hosteling Rally was hosted by Columbus Council on July 1-4. Extended trips included Gulf Cycle Tour March 17-26, Canadian Cycle Tour August 18 to September 3, Timagami Canada Canoe Trip September 1-10, Chesapeake Bay Cycle Tour June 19-30, Grand Canyon Cycle-Hike July 7-23, and Expo '67 a trip to World's Fair September 8-20. These were just the major events, there were also innumerable day and weekend trips. Some of these event involved cycle races. Franklin Bicycle Club and AYH joined together in the early years to sponsor these events.


Columbus helped co-ordinate the first National rally held at the Ohio Exposition Center in Arts & Crafts Building on July 1-4, 1967. Highlights for the weekend include choosing a Bicycle Belle (a beauty pageant), map reading competition, many other cycle events, and hikes in the Delaware County area. There was canoe trips scheduled from the Center to the Mohican River area and to Paint Creek. Sunday’s highlight was a trip to Delaware County for the ABL Ohio Road Championships. Also there was commercial displays by cycle and outdoor manufacturers.


The second annual bike ride and overnight to Circleville to see the Pumpkin Show was again a rousing success. Twenty seven participants spent the night in the American Legion Hall which was a lot warmer than the box car the AYHers stayed in the previous year.



There were many trips to the "Pace Hostel" (not chartered) SW of Logan Ohio. The farmhouse was a cozy farmhouse used for tobogganing, sledding, hiking, eating, singing and warming up after the outdoor activities.


An annual event was the Twelfth Night after Christmas party. It was held at the Warner's house where the main activity was all to bring their old Christmas tree for the bonfire. Other activities included skating on the Scioto River, hiking and eating. In 1968 there were about 50 trees to make this traditional bon fire.


The New Year Smoky Mountain backpacking trip was very popular with the group splitting into two parts to join up only on the last night. Lys Brant and Sam Corbin each took some of the 17 hikers. This four day trip included Cades Cove, Mt. Le Cont and Ice Water Springs on the Appalachian Trail.


This does not sound like a topic you would read in an AYH history. Jackson Scholl wrote an article about shared classical music and the resultant discussion at Charlie Pace's house. Each person brought one record to share and then there was a discussion about the music. Charlie does not like Bartok but there was agreement about Peter Tchai's Romeo and Juliet. It was "agreed that these sessions should be held regularly because they provide an exchange of ideas far removed from those which hostlers usually discuss." The evening ended with Phil Taylor bringing in pizza to share.

TOUR OF THE SCIOTO RIVER 1968 - by Dan Burden

"What's this nonsense about sponsoring a two-day, 210 mile bike ride over a route traveled each year? I am told that over $4,800, 7000 volunteer hours, $50,000 free publicity, and 28,800 trip hours may be consumed if the 1968 7th Annual TOSRV takes place. Isn't this carrying a bike tour a bit too far?

"Some say it is. They talk about it being impossible to find more than 12-15 riders throughout Ohio interested in riding a distance of 210 miles early in the bicycling season. And they talk of how difficult it is to attract these same riders to a repeat ride the following year, and once again the next. You know, they have a point. Three years ago, despite statewide promotion, only 12 riders (9 finished) attended TOSRV.

"But that has changed. TOSRV grew big. So big, that the promoters are predicting a turnout of 800 riders."

The ride had 390 show up on Saturday to ride in rain the whole day. There were head winds and a high temperature in the 50's. Fred DeLong not only rode down on Saturday but also back to catch a plane by 2:00 am Sunday morning. There were fifty two 16 year olds and the ages ranged from 11 to 62.

This was the first TOSRV held on Mother's Day weekend and also the first one with Charlie Pace as Tour Director.

The first director of TOSRV was Charlie Siple. He spent many an evening developing the mailing list of 3000 names, preparing the fact filled information sheet and the application form. The confusion that would ordinarily result from an event like this is now at a minimum because of Charles Siples' meticulous care to attention and detail. National AYH gave Charlie Siple an award for Meritorious Service.


This year the first equipment was purchased by AYH and trips were held at Clifton Gorge and the 900 foot face of Seneca Rocks. Joe Burkey is climbing chair.


On June 5, 1968 an organizational meeting and a sail was held on Hoover Reservoir. The 24 tripper had a wonderful time under the guidance of Randy Replinger and Russ Brant.


There were two Canadian Wilderness trips for canoers. The first went into the region north of Sault Saint Marie from August 23 til September 2. The second was to Algonquin Provincial Park in August for 18 days. The second trip promised "100 miles of wilderness waterways winding through deep forests where deer and moose feed at water's edge; waterfalls of dazzling beauty tumble into deep foam-flecked pools where red-spot trout strike savagely at the fly; alluring little rivers so shallow that you wade your canoe through picked channels arched overhead with thick spruce and pungent fir; deep caves and caverns to explore; and remote little lakes and lagoons, the rendezvous of moose, deer, bear, beaver, ducks, and game birds of all kinds."


The Lima Council AYH held the 2nd annual Midwest Double Century starting at Sidney Ohio. Columbus Council had the most participants complete the figure 8 route through hilly countryside, with about one third flat land.


The Buckridge Ski Club worked with nine Columbus closed boaters, teaching them how to negotiate and play in the rapids. The participants learned many whitewater skills on a trip to the lower Youghioghney River. Three years before (because they did it in open aluminum canoes) some AYHers believed that the Lower New River was not runable except by the most expert. It was quite a trip! An unplanned overnight on the New River was experienced as they were unable to complete the trip before dark. In 1968 six Columbus AYHers have negotiated this difficult river. There were now two C-2's, 8 C-1's and over 25 kayaks. The Council kayak mold had been very busy.


The Amish Bikeway in Geauga had fast become a favorite area for Columbus cyclists. There are many good reasons for this. One is that although the route is basically the same, the experiences never are. Each trip is unique as is each different set of trippers. The gravel and dirt roads add to aesthetic qualities of the scene. The quite, bright-faced Amish with plain clothes, simple, well-kept farms, and horse drawn buggies complete the picture.


Columbus Council gave $200 toward the establishment of a Washington DC youth hostel.

The concept of Home Hostels was originated in Columbus by Scott Warner. The first year over 40 homes in eight states signed up.


The concept of Home Hostels was originated in Columbus by Scott Warner. The first year over 40 homes in eight states signed up.

The Catholic Adults for Youth agreed to serve supper to the participants staying at either one of two high schools or the YMCA. The participants were limited to 700. Even with bad weather over 400 of the 700 starting completed the tour.

The Board wondered if the amount of time and work put into TOSRV justified the event. More menial labor was to be solicited by the Council for the 1970 event. Red Davis moved that the event continue on Mother's Day next year. TOSRV income was $5,202.10 and expenses were $ 4,147.69.

The Executive Board "authorized Charlie Pace to spend as much money as he likes on the Tour as long as he submits a report each month."

The Basic Canoe course was held on the Olentangy River with 45 students and 11 instructors. The 4th annual River Canoe Training Program was held at Camp Nelson Dodd using both the Mohican and Kokosing Rivers. There were 61 participants and 17 staff members. Closed boat white water boating has become a big part of the overall canoeing program. The members of the Kayaking Program have built a mold for a mini slalom kayak and a Chez design C-2. Nine indoor pool sessions were held to train for the kayak season.

Leadership Training was well attended with 43 people gaining a wealth of information from AYH leaders including some professionals. The Kelly's Island Rally was attended by over 200. Many participants were from small towns outside the Council jurisdiction.

Bicycling is the big activity with more people than ever getting involved in the early morning and evening family rides. Hiking and backpacking increased in participation under new leaders. Horseback riding gained in popularity.

Membership now stood at 777 compared to 679 last year. There are 15 life compared to 5 in 1968.

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