I’m Bob Vogel

AMC Hike Leader,

retired Value Engineer,

and antique tool collector.

I started hiking back in the late 1960s. Climbed all 46 (Yeah, back then there were only 46) 4000-Footers in NH in 1968 & 69.

Since then I’ve climbed them all a couple more times, and some many more. I’ve also climbed every one of the, now 48, as part of a backpacking trip.

Now I spend more time hiking locally around Boston, as it’s just as much fun, and a lot less driving.

I also lead hikes for the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club), and specialize in creating new hiking series. Over the years I’ve started the series now known as “Trail Trace the Blue Hills”, as well as the Full Moon Hikes at Borderland State Park, among others. Currently I’m working on two new series: “Hiking & History” and “Hikes for Everyone.” The latter is aimed at helping AMC reach out to those who, until now, may not have felt welcomed in the AMC.

Before I retired I was a Value Engineer. Helping make products both better and less expensive… at the same time. (It’s not as hard as it sounds, if you are systematic about it.) Need to improve something? Ask me how!

I also collect antique tools, lately mostly Easton, MA related, such as “J. & H. M. Pool” surveying equipment, levels, thermometers, barometers and such.

And, in my spare time, I like to do some woodworking, be it construction, or Shaker boxes, or…

“If it isn’t fun,

why are we doing it?”