Wednesday, January 8, 2020

getting started at winter hiking

A few Over The Hill Hikers are getting started with some winter hiking. If you are interested in winter hiking, please email Doug or Tracy.

Here's some photos from our recent trip (January 7th) up Mt. Roberts. We had a couple inches of fresh snow overnight, but the earlier hikers had packed down the trail for us, so it was smooth sailing up to the top.

Friday, January 3, 2020

First Snowshoe & Soup for 2020

Ruth Stuart did a lovely job kicking off our 2020 Snowshoe and Soup season. 

A strong interest in these events has lead to the necessary steps to become a first come first serve outing, limiting the group size to allow for enjoyment of the hike, and to accommodate our hosts home space and cooking plans.  Thank you in advance for your understanding, and for supporting our hosts!

If interests continues to remain strong, we may look to more volunteers to lead a second snowshoe! 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

December 28 Tecumseh

Larry and Doug took advantage of a mild winter day and hiked 4003 foot Tecumseh. The trail was hard pack snow and ice, no need for snow shoes but micro spikes were required. The weather was cloudy then clear, with temps near 30 and winds near 20 mph.

We intend to do more winter hiking so if you are interested, please let Doug know.

Below, Larry and Doug are at the summit of Tecumseh.

Below, Larry is trying to get a ride up the mountain on a chair lift. He didn't have a lift ticket so didn't get very far.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Guest Post, by David Kiley

I thought I'd share this with the rest of the OTHH members a small "redlining" goal I recently met.  

After hiking #39 of the 52 With a View, and #33 of the 48 4000 footers
in the past 18 months, Moose and I just couldn't bare heading north on Columbus Day weekend with all the leaf peepers. He had never done any hiking in the Belknap Range, so we thought we'd give it a try. 
We loved it so much, we set a goal of redlining the 67 miles of the Belknap Range AND having it done by Veteran's Day. Today we completed our goal, so I thought I'd passed along these photos of Moose and I.

If anyone wants to see more photos of our adventures they can send a Friend Request on
Facebook to WM MOOSE. They can also see where we've been by checking New England Trail Conditions website, we post under the name of 'David and Moose'.

David Kiley and Moose

Thursday, November 7, 2019

"A" Hike November 6 Mt Cabot

Three OTHH hikers, Dick, Larry and Doug, climbed Mount Cabot (4170) on Wednesday, a cold and windy day. This hike was significant because Larry completed his first round of the NH 48 4000 Footers!! Congratulations to Larry for this achievement and welcome to the club.

The normal trail from the hatchery was not easily available as there was a logging operation near the York Pond trailhead that closed the road to traffic. Instead, we drove to the end of Mill Brook Rd and hiked the Unknown Pond trail from the north trailhead to the Killkenny Ridge trail. Along the way, we summited The Horn and The Bulge. The Horn offered the best views of the day. We could see Wildcat A, the Carters, Moriah and the Presidentials from Madison to Eisenhower.

Below is Larry at the summit of Mount Cabot!!

Below is a picture of Unknown Pond.

Below, Larry, Dick and Doug celebrate Larry's accomplishment.

Monday, November 4, 2019

"A" Hike Tripyramids

The North & Middle Tripyramids were hiked recently by Pam, Marie, Larry and Doug. The hike started from the Kanc and ascended on the Pine Bend Brook trail. On Monday October 21, Pam and Doug did this hike. On Saturday November 2, Marie, Larry and Doug did the hike.

The hike was much more difficult on Saturday as it was much colder and there were dozens of fallen trees across the trail from the storm on Thursday.

Although the Tripyramids are not known for spectacular views, we were able to see Tecumseh, the Osceolas, Moosilauke, North and South Kinsman, the Franconia range, Garfield, Carrigain, Mt Washington and the southern Presidentials, the Carter-Moriah range, Kearsarge North, Sandwich Dome, Jennings Peak, Passaconaway, Chocorua and the Waterville Valley ski area.

Below is a view looking north toward Mt Washington.

Below, Pam and Doug enjoy some home made carrot cake and champagne as this hike completed Doug's second round of the NH 48 4000 footers.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Over the Hill Hikers is on YouTube!

Please enjoy the movie compiled from over 200 photos, wonderful interviews, and a fabulous job editing.  Special thank you to Laurie Norman and Tracy Ripkey for their efforts in making this 15 minute movie possible.