1970 : 1971 : 1972 : 1973 : 1974 : 1975 : 1976 : 1977 : 1978 : 1979



The Columbus Council AYH gained in membership (920, with 397 being under 21), participation, and individual and collective knowledge in the realm of the different activities offered. Two hostel clubs were chartered. Advertising of the monthly meetings was conducted on T.V. in conjunction with Center Of Science and Industry. Participation in both the annual U.N. Festival and the Sports, Vacation and Travel Show helped to increase membership. A new committee (Conservation) kept the membership informed on environmental and ecological problems and progress. Leadership School had 21 participants. Two Down River Canoe Schools were held with 120 participants and 116 graduates. A super school for whitewater canoeing was held for 15 individuals on the New River in West Virginia. There were two extended bicycle trips to Europe.

Canoe (27 trips, 467 participants), Bicycle (84,2327), Hike (43,225), Cave (13,129), Rock climb (3,21), Ski (5,42), Horseback (15,132) Total income $23,611.92 and expenses $19,426.72 net $5,416.34



The 10th TOSRV had 1575 bicyclists with 1323 completing the entire 210 miles. It is the biggest bicycle event in the world.

The Kelley's Island Rally was attended by 320 bikers, canoers, kayakers, swimmers and winery explorers. Leadership Training School had 31 graduates. The River canoe School had 66 students and the Basic Canoe Course had 50 students. The weekly Rock Climbing School had 25 sessions with an average of 9 attenders.

For the first time there was a budget established by the Executive Committee. This action permitted the committees to have more autonomy over their operations and plans. It permitted the Executive Committee to become more involved with policy decisions and committee reports.

Columbus Council AYH took more action than ever before to promote the preservation and appreciation of wilderness. Because of action initiated and recommended by Columbus Council, it appears that much of the Olentangy River between Delaware and Columbus would be designated as a "scenic river" by the Department of Natural Resources. Several members testified in favor of Senate Bill 247, which would have established a statewide trail system of hiking, bicycling, canoeing, horseback riding and cross country skiing.

After 15 years of existence, Burr Oak Hostel, a rustic 20-bed hostel built entirely by dedicated Columbus Council members, was officially abandoned. Plagued by vandalism, disinterest and an inadequate water supply, the building was lost by default to the Sunday Creek Coal company from whom the land had been leased.

Columbus Council AYH members continued to exhibit the enthusiasm and support which results in having one of the most varied and active programs in the country.

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

The Home Hostel program approved by the AYH National Board continued to be coordinated by Columbus Council. Ten Home Hostels between Columbus and Minneapolis have been officially chartered by National.



Ashley Molk led a bike ride from Zanesville to McConnelsville along the Muskingum River on July 4th. The group left the river to experience 15 miles of hills in going to the town of Ruraldale. After eating lunch at the Busy Bee Cafe in McConnelsville the group return to Ohio University Zanesville Campus after a beautiful 65 mile ride.


Carl E. Treviler led 12 people (including Gerald Wadkowski and his son Mike) on a canoe trip from Howard to Mohawk Dam. They planned on making it to Mohawk day in one day so the take out cars were parked here. They only made it to the mouth of the Mohican before having to hitch a ride to the cars. The trip had its usual excitement with paddles breaking in Factory Rapids and a kayak without spray skirt swamping.


"The fateful day was August 6, 1972. It was fine day for a bike trip, cool for August. Who could suspect what might befall an innocent group led by Bill Adamescu, on only 28 miles of bike way? Plenty befell and some of it was even good.

"First, the bad part, Frank Semetko's leg got hit by a steel tube in a gas station. Second, Dave Semetko's blow out. Third, Sharon Workman's camera falling off her bike and smashing to smithereens. Fourth, the celebrated country store in Lucas was closed. Fifth, Steve Turney's getting a bloody finger in his derailleur. Sixth, Ashley Molk's blowout without a replacement tire. Seventh, the screw that fell off Ray Meyer's rear rack.

"For only 28 miles, it was a hilly ride, and with all the interruptions, it took many hours more than planned. The good parts were fine weather, good food stops, Malabar Farm's iron fountain and beautiful country."


Tip Carpenter, Boating Chair, had the foresight to divide the running of the canoe program into eight committees. They were Reports & Records (Kathy Feltz), Scheduling (Charlie Huhn), Equipment (Jeff Boerger), Basic School (John Molnar), River School (Ralph Rosenfield & Steve Schmitt), Leader Training & Safety (Tip Carpenter), Scouting NW Trips (Carl Trewiler) and Boat Building (Allen Ichida).



Two boaters tried Rocky Fork Creek off Clark State Road in Gahanna and found a real powerhouse of a creek. Water was running higher than usual and they found standing waves as soon as they started. Taking a little water here and then proceeding to the first three foot ledge called "Over and Under". The boat was aimed straight and true for the best location on the ledge, and over it went, popping the center seat into the air and splitting part of the bottom seam. Not having time to bail, it hit another three foot ledge. By this time there was a miniature Old Faithful in the bottom of the boat. Upon pulling to shore they only had a 400 yard carry back to the car with the crippled boat.


Columbus Council purchased 2 1/2 acres of land for its first hostel location, nestled in the Laurel Mountain area of Pennsylvania. This concluded three years of searching for land area by the Ski and Canoe Committee.


The first Woodstock bicycle trip took place on September 1, 1973 and was designed and led by Rob Rudinger.


CAVING by Joe Burkey

"The past year has seen caving develop as a major activity in our council programs. A total of 19 successful trips indicates the interest in caving. More importantly, the large number of individuals (37 on one trip) and many different caves explored made each trip different than the others.

"Trips have varied in degree of difficulty from very simple beginners trips with nearly all walkways size passages to strenuous ten hour trips with crawlways and even smaller inchways wading through pools, climbing, and sliding.

We have seen nearly the full range of cave features and life from stalactites to cave pearls and isopods to blind cave fish."


A map of the route to the Kountry Kitchen (now known as the Dutch Kitchen) was shown in the July Buckeye Hosteler. The route started at Griggs Dam on the east side of the Scioto River and used Dublin Road to Rings Road and returned on Fishinger Road. A caution was noted that Dublin Road was "quite hazardous".


A series on bicycling was shown for 5 weeks on the local TV station. Prepared by Mike Gabor of Channel 4, with the help of AYH, the program was essentially an effective cycling program showing from how to fit a bike to repair and proper riding technic. Emergency maneuvers, avoiding potholes, gravel, panic stops and instant turns were also covered. The only problem was it was a ten minute segment on the 6:30 AM program.



Hostel Clubs were active in Cambridge and Athens. Their programs were printed in the Buckeye Hosteler.


The Columbus AYH was very active in travel this year. Members not only participated in Hemistour, the Burden & Siple bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina, but were in a canoe trip to James Bay (200 miles on Missinaibi River to Moosonee) and other trips to Cape Cod Massachusetts, Wa Wa Canada, Greenbrier County West Virginia, Slippery Rock Pennsylvania, Kelly's Island Ohio and Mexico.


The National Board voted to increase life membership from $50.00 to $110.00 starting in October 1975. This prompted many Columbus Council members to become life members. In fact over 300 signed up at this time.


After three years as Cycling chair Ashley Molk gave the job to Dick Seebode. Ashley had set up a committee to operate the cycling program. These were Sharon Workman (Scheduling), John Reed (Equipment), Deloris Bills (First Aid), Lorraine Semple (Trip Reports), Keith Semple (Maintenance), Rod Rudinger (Extended Trips), Debbie Krause (Safety), and Frank Semetko (Executive Committee Programs).

Dick started with an article in the Buckeye Hosteler urging all to use the bicycles they had bought in the last five years for transportation, fellowship and fitness. He felt that AYH could help in the "Development of Skills" such as safety, leadership, training, maintenance, cycle camping, qualification rides, time trails; "Support for Individuals" such as planning help, advice on day trips, extended trips, cycle camping, maps (both local and out-of-state), leaders, car pools; and "Schedule" including a good mix of A, B, & C class rides, different starting places, extended trips, hostel trips, camping trips, rides to festivals and points of interest, safety instruction, and maintenance sessions.


Kevin Fitzsimons extolled the ultimate vacation, travel in Europe. He states that about five years ago travel to Europe became feasible for people like AYHers, with lower airline fares, a variety of hostels in stay in and with a willingness to learn language and local customs. With these skills a person could therefore enjoy meeting people of different cultures and languages.



The use of bicycle helmets is first mentioned in the March 1975 Buckeye Hosteler. Until this time helmets were not made and the few bicyclist who wanted some head protection had been wearing hockey helmets. Safety flags and fanny bumpers were also now recommended on all AYH bicycle rides and people were encouraged always to use these safety devices when bicycling.


After several years of planning, the construction of a building in Confluence Pennsylvania was approved at the March Executive Board meeting. This building came to be known as the "Yough Stop" and was used mainly by the boaters going to the rivers in the area. The building was completed in June.


The first MOC was held starting at Shelby Field (Otterbein College) in Delaware Ohio. It was a notable first ride in that the sponsors, the Delaware Bike Club, never expected to have over 500 riders show up from Ohio and six surrounding states, with many from Columbus Council AYH. The youngest was 4 and the oldest was 68. The weather was chiller-than-expected and only 156 completed the entire 100 miles.


About 150 bicyclists voiced their opinions on the need for a bikeway in the Spring Sandusky Interchange. It was an open meeting conducted at Columbus City Council Chambers and chaired by Art Vorys. (While it is still not built, it is in the plans for the new freeway interchange and should be built between 1998 and 2002.)



Two home hostels were chartered. One at Chillicothe and the other in Zanesville. This concept has gained in popularity through the years. It is particularly useful idea in areas where a full service hostel can not be supported with the limited number of travelers.


Ron Eisele devised a system of classifying cavers just like the bicyclists have. A porta-cave was built to give an individual a chance to determine his/her classification. This is made of 4 sticks that have adjustable positions in the vertical direction. A person attempts to squeeze through narrower and narrower square holes until their match is met. This is declared their class. Class A is 6 1/2 inch or less, Class B is 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 inch, Class C is 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inch, and Class D is 8 1/2 inch and above. Upon certification Class B cavers were presented with the Order of Sore Sternum and Class A cavers with the Medal of the Cracked Coccyx.


The first CFC was a roaring success with about 80 cyclist gathered in 40 degree weather at J. C. Penney Distribution Center off Brice Road to ride to Zanesville. The purpose of the ride was to give the better cyclists of the country a demanding tour at the peak of their cycling season. Many major climbs were slated including Revenge, Savage, and the three bears (Corning area). There were eight food stops on the two days with hot soup served at lunch both days. This was a tremendous success. Perry County helped out by digging out their ditches and placing the gravel on the roads. Muskingum County helped too by opening two roads after placing new pavement just two days before the tour. St. Thomas School in Zanesville served a chicken diner and all slept well on the gym floor.

Twelve of the hills were numbered for the riders convenience. Some of the Michigan (Detroit) riders had low of 42 x 18 freewheel and found themselves walking. They thought Ohio was flat! Sundays' return was easier on the hills but was more demanding with a stiff head wind for 2/3 of the way back. The Sunday route was north through the area south of Mt. Vernon and through Johnstown.


Columbus Council sponsored innumerable trips of all descriptions this year. Ron Eisele went backpacking in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky. The New River was visited by boaters on October 9th and 10th with 40,000 cubic feet of water per second, by Charlie Huhn, Julie Schmitt, Susie Harrington, Donna Berglund and Kathy Feltz. The Olentangy River was run on October 17 in southern Delaware County. Caving had at least one major trip each month led by John Krietzburg. Cornwell Cave and an extended (more than 12 hour) visit to Sinnit Cave (both in West Virginia) were explored.



New Year's Day was clear and 12 well-bundled riders (nuts) gathered at the Worthington D. Q. for the annual bicycle ride of the year, or as Ed Honton said, 'If it wasn't Jan. 1, we wouldn't be here'. The temperature was 10 degrees, so they elected to go one mile per degree, all the way to Flint and back. The ride had been shut out in the past by heavy snow, but this was the coldest, and all learned a little more about winter clothing.


Memorial Day Weekend found a new trip being taken to Franklin West Virginia. This was the second year for a group of 25 tripper's to take this excursion to cave, rock climb, bicycle, hike, swim and social. Four caves were explored (Nut, Trout, Hamilton and Mystery) on the first day with swimming in the evening. Frisbee throwing and testing their limits with the porta cave finished day one. The nearly vertical cave called Sunnit-Thorn was explored on Sunday. On Monday 4 bicyclists climbed to the summit of Seneca Rocks where they met the rest of the group to do some climbing. The day and the trip ended with a swim.


On September 23, 1977 the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced the agreement between Columbus Council AYH and ODNR for a hostel at Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield. This was the first state park with a hostel. The hostel is a two-story farmhouse that will accommodate about 20 people and will have a kitchen, dining room and bathrooms.


An unprecedented list of willing and very capable people running for 8 openings on the Executive Board made it hard for members to make a choice of who would best serve the Council. The list included Sharon Workman, Lynn Weller, Susan Van Ausdal, Elisa Smith, Tony Skrabak, Frank Semetko, Ralph Rosenfield, Guy Nesham, Bill Musser, Ed McVey, Kathy Kelso, Roger Herbst, George Grant, Bill Feltz Jr., Ted Chapman, Tip Carpenter, Richard Bain, Tom Anderson, Don Davids and Martha Chase. Long time hostelers will recognize that many of these people were/are active for many years.


On October 1, 1977 at starting time, a terrific storm was producing lighting, rain and high winds so the tour was delayed 30 minutes. At 8:00 with only rain and wind to contend with, the 100 bicyclists started for Zanesville into a terrific head wind and downpour that lasted until 8:30. Even under these severe conditions 56% of the riders made the entire 210 miles.



The new year brought a change to the bicycle program. To help out the cycling chair there were two clusters formed. These served the north and southeast. Now the cycling chair only had to find leaders for downtown, south, and southwest areas.

A 6" x 8" bike sign showing the direction from Worthington or Westerville to Malabar Farm Hostel were installed by Columbus Council. The first edition of the map set "36 Bike Routes in Mid-Ohio" was published. These were in green paper so they could not be copied.


There were hostels in Columbus, Chillicothe, Marietta, Dresden, New Plymouth, Malabar Farm, and Zanesfield. Here was an opportunity for a circle bicycle trip through Hocking Hills, along the Muskingum River and the Amish Country of Holmes County.

Malabar Farm was staffed with a volunteer house parent during its first season. A different individual or couple agreed to be at the hostel each weekend. They often lead a group activity, like bicycling, from the hostel.

Sharon Workman led a unique bicycle trip by taking a train to Richmond Indiana and then having tail wind back to Marmon Valley Farm, Zanesfield for an overnight.


A trip lead by Ron Eisele to the Adirondacks to canoe for two weeks was very successful. Instead of using the big lakes in the area, the smaller ones were used with many portages to get into the back country. Ron said, " It is like being 2-3 miles in from the nearest entrance of a large cave system. When night falls and the various critters start their yelling and screeching and there is not a single light to be seen, and the number of beer cans strewn about approaches zero, and we can see fish 8 feet down in the water, we begin to realize that we've really gotten away from it all and ain't it great."


Notice that the title says cave, singular. It was determined that if Cow & Counterfeiter caves really connected the best way to determine this was by mapping both caves. After several trips by a total of 29 people over two years both caves where mapped. Columbus Council AYH trippers had discovered that these were really one cave system. A map had been produced and was on display for several years at the Malabar Farm Hostel. The original can now be seen at the COP office.


The Council established a signed bike route on paved roads across Ohio from near Richmond Indiana to Youngstown Ohio. This undertaking was conceived and accomplished in less than a year with the help of many people. Over 430 signs where placed so that the route could be traveled in either direction. The route had a trip-tik type map. By 1990 over 2500 maps had been sold.



It was decided that the signed Cardinal Trail would be a good place to have an extended bicycle trip. Starting in Richmond Indiana and staying overnight in Piqua, Byhalia, Fredericktown, Canal Fulton, and New Middletown. Eighty-eight people attended the first AOBT.


In addition to the Cardinal Trail, Ed Honton laid out and mapped many other cross state bike routes including: Route B from Cincinnati to Marietta, Route C from Cincinnati to Cleveland, Route E from Pippa Passes Ky to Milford Michigan, Route F from Richmond Indiana to Belaire, Route K from McGill to Milford, and J from Marietta to Conneaut. Each of these routes were carefully researched to provide a pleasant bicycling experience for the person who liked to vacation by bicycle.

Columbus Council continued to maintain the signs on several loop routes in Ohio including: Covered Bridge, Old Mill, Mansfield, Top Of Ohio, Scenic River, and the three Dublin Boy Scout Routes.

A map showing a system of roads to use in commuting about Columbus was developed. This map was well received by the bicycle community and has been reprinted several times with a total printing of 12,500 maps.


Dick Seiple started sailing lessons for AYH in conjunction with the Leatherlips Yacht Club on the Scioto River. The members of the yacht club had first chance to participant, but there was enough room to take all the AYH people who wanted to learn.


Two Columbus Council AYH bicyclists participated in this every 4 year event. It is a ride in which the rider must complete the 750 miles in less than 90 hours. Dick Seebode was the first American to complete it this year and Mark Langenfield also completed it. Prior to 1979 only two Americans had completed the event which is a predecessor to the modern day Olympics having started before the turn of the century.

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