Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mt Roberts - October 26, 2018

Doug, Dick, and new to the group Bob Sweeny did a quickly organized trip up Mt Roberts, in the Ossipees. There was snow on top, as well as on the White Mountains in the background.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Celebrating accomplishments and the end of our 2018 hiking season

Today we gathered at the Benz Center, with about 50 people in attendance.  We celebrated 39 years of hiking, friendships and camaraderie.  It started out in Center Sandwich in 1979, and has grown to include surrounding areas, and then some.  

"We celebrated Ellen's completion of her "48 over 70" round (doing all of NH's 48 4K footers after reaching age 70) and also her 8th round overall."  We also celebrated Doug's 1st round completing the 48 4k footers in one hiking season!  

With great enthusiasm, Doug had a wonderful skit where he proudly shed a shirt for each of the 8 huts, the Presidential Traverse, the 48 4000' and ending with how it all got started,  getting involved with the Over the Hill Hikers.

We remembered our beloved friends that have passed on, those that have retired their boots and welcomed new comers to our gathering.  

We had a great season, and expanded our activities to include kayaking this past summer. 

We look forward to plans in 2019 to include a backpacking trip, a hut to hut hike, and generating interest in an overseas hiking adventure.  

Cheers to all!  Look forward to seeing you this winter.  Happy Trails!

Monday, October 22, 2018

October 16th, 2018 Turtles hike

The Turtles hike Little Sugarloaf for great views of Newfound Lake: Fabulous Fall Day with Friends !!

Ski & Snowshoe planning for 2019

As we close out the 39th year of the Over the Hill Hikers Season, and start looking forward to our 40th year in 2019, Milan and Carl McNall would like to invite you to consider hosting a ski and snowshoe day for 2019.

The calendar will be available for hosts/cohosts to signup at the October 25th Potluck at the Benz Center on Thursday (11:30).  

We are ever so grateful to and for these volunteer commitments.  Thank you all in advance.  If you are new to the program and want to understand what this commitment entails, please give me a call.     Milan McNall 284-7400

October 16, Doug celebrates completing his 48 4,000 footers!!!!

The "A" hike for Tuesday was up Garfield. John and Doug hiked the 10 miles in and out on the Garfield Trail. The weather was cold, with temps between 28 and 40 and windy, with a steady 30 mph. The Lafayette summit was in the clouds but the rest of the Pemi Wilderness provided terrific views.

With this hike, Doug completed his first round of the NH 48 4000 footers!!

The picture below is of John and Doug on the summit with the Bonds in the background.  

 The picture below is of John and Doug at the completion of the hike.   

Wildcat Ridge Sunday October 14.

Doug did a solo hike along the Wildcat Ridge on Sunday October 14. He started at the Glen Ellis Falls parking lot on Route 16 and hiked up the Wildcat Ridge Trail. On that trail, the peaks that are summited are Wildcat E, D, C, B and A. All are over 4000 feet but only A and D count toward the 48. There were great views of Washington and some of the other northern Presidentials. Doug visited the Carter Notch Hut before descending on the Nineteenmile Brook Trail.

The picture below is of Doug on the summit of Wildcat D with Washington in the distance. What's that white stuff at the top?   

The picture below is of Doug on the summit of Wildcat A looking down at the Carter Notch Hut and with Carter Dome in the distance. 

Monday Sep 24 up Carrigain.

The "A" hike on Monday September 24 was up Carrigain. John, Pete and Doug went up and down the Signal Ridge Trail. The day started out quite foggy with all of the summits obscured. By noon, though, when they reached the summit, the clouds had lifted to the south, yielding great views. To the north, into the Pemi Wilderness, the clouds stayed low so the summits were not visible. The tower at the top gets you above the trees so there are excellent views.

The picture below is of Pete, Doug and John at the summit.
 The picture below is of the three at the bottom after the 10.6 mile hike.