Maine natives, Ron & Nancy Chase currently reside in Topsham, Maine, and have two grown sons. They have hiked, biked, kayaked, canoed, and skied extensively in New England for over 30 years and shared adventures throughout the United States, Quebec, eastern Canada, Scotland, France, Switzerland, New Zealand and Costa Rica. Both have an abiding love of the outdoors.
Nancy, formerly Treasurer of the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), is currently active in the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society (PPCS). In 2000, the AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee awarded her a certificate for completing the 100 Highest Peaks in New England. A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, Nancy is a graduate of the University of Maine, Augusta. She is the erstwhile Executive Director of the Maine Brain Injury Foundation and a recently retired bank auditor.
Ron, a graduate of the University of Maine, is retired from Federal Service. A freelance writer, he has written an outdoor column for a regional newspaper and is currently a regular magazine contributor. Formerly a Registered Maine Guide, he was previously active in the AMC as Canoe Chair and a Trip Leader. He has served as President and Vice President of the PPCS and is a frequent Trip Coordinator. Other outdoor accomplishments include:
- In 1997, he was the 38th person approved by the AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee as having climbed the 100 Highest Peaks in New England in the Winter.
- Has led in excess of 300 whitewater, hiking, winter mountaineering, bicycling, skiing, canoeing and sea kayaking trips for the AMC, PPCS and as a guide
- Led or co-led 15 winter expeditions into Baxter State Park
- Whitewater canoe and kayak instructor for both the AMC and PPCS
- Conducted classroom whitewater seminar for annual Paddle Smart Symposium
- Completed mountaineering training course on Mount Rainier with Rainier Mountaineering Institute
- Placed twice in National Whitewater Racing Championships