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.


Photos from the 40th Anniversary dinner at HOBBS Tavern, Oct 22nd, 2019

Almost 80 hikers spanning decades of hikes together, and shared mountains top vistas, gathered together at HOBBS Tavern for a celebration dinner.  40 years of friendship and community, spanning Sandwich, NH and the surrounding areas.  

Thank you all for a wonderful evening!



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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Squam Range: Morgan & Percival, Oct 21, 2019

The last scheduled hike for the A group was the familiar Morgan-Percival loop in the Squam Range. Deb and Dick each left home in complete fog, wondering whether there would be any views. But Squam Lake and the mountains were just far enough north to be fog-free and sunny. Below, Dick starts up the three-section ladder just below the top of Mt Morgan; the yellow arrow at the top shows the way to a short cave section through the boulders. Next, Deb looks out over Squam Lake from the top of Mt Morgan, with Winnipesaukee beyond there, hidden beneath a low cloud layer.



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sandwich Fair Parade, 2019

A wonderful turnout to the Sandwich Fair Parade.  This year's theme was women of Sandwich.  We honored women of today, as well as those that have passed on.  It brought tears to some as they saw so many names of inspiration, family, and friends.