Monday, May 25, 2015

SCHEDULE FOR TURTLE (C) HIKES – 2015


                 SCHEDULE FOR  TURTLE (C) HIKES – 2015

OVER THE HILL HIKERS – TURTLE  (C) SCHEDULE – 2015

·        The Turtles at last are following the lead of our speedier compatriots, giving only the name of the hike, the leader’s name and telephone number.
·        Prospective hikers must call the leader ahead of time to find out the time and the meeting place.  This way, the leaders know in advance who is planning to join, can arrange transportation, discuss needed equipment, talk about weather forecasts, etc.
Thank you for humoring us.

June 2  -   Intervale/Kusumpe Loop         Sue Speers - 387-6778 (cell)

June 9  -    Quincy Bog                    Jane Harrington -  253-6999
                                            617-823-6672 (cell)

June 16  -  Mt. Katharine                  Sue Speers -  387-6778 (cell)

June 23  -  Pemi Trail                     Sue Speers -  387-6778 (cell)

June 30  - W & E Rattlesnakes              Marcia  Rauch – 491-5364

July 7     Moose Mountain                  Jane Harrington  - 253-6999

July 14  -   Bald Knob                     Jane Harrington -  253-6999

July 21   -  Black Cap                     Ann Speers  - 284-6519

July 28   -  Mt. Morgan                    Marcia Rauch  - 491-5364

August 4 – Mt. Major                       Jane Harrington -  253-6999

August 11 -  Sawyer Pond                   Ann Speers  -  284-6519

August 18 – Kimball Forest                 Ruth McDougall  -  284-6451

August 25 -  Elephant Ear &
Ammonusuc Lake                             Bill Trakat -  284-7347

September 1  - Blue Job                    Ruth MacDougall -  284-6451

September 8  - Pine Mountain               Leader to be announced

September 15 – Lonesome Lake               Sue Reepmeyer  -

September 22  -Belknap Mountain            Leader  to be announced

September 29  -Mt. Willard                 Jane Harrington –253-6999

October 6   - Leader’s Choice              Sue Bowden    -    284-7412

October 13  -  Leaders’ Choice             Diana Levy - 284-6442 &

              Barb Brash - 476-5146                      Barb Brash -
476-5146

October 20 -   Rain Date Make up           stay tuned

October 27     Rain Date Make-up           Stay tuned


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OTHH B-Group Hikes for June 2015

Over The Hill Hikers “B” Group - Spring 2015

The “B” Group will be joining the “A” Group hikes for the month of May

2015.  Please refer to the “A” Group list and hike leaders for May hikes.

June 2015 Hikes

June 2    Big Rock Cave Loop Hike   5.2 mi/approx. 4 hours

                 Leader-Kathie Thorndike    707-7598

                  This is a dog’s welcome hike.  Owners must bring a leash to use

                  when the group has lunch and at the direction of the leader.  

June 9    Mt. Shaw   Moderate hike in the Castle in the Clouds                                                      

                Conservation Area.

                 Leaders-Dick and Ruth Stuart   253-9964

June 16   White Ledge Loop Trail   4.4 mi/approx. 3 hours

                   Leader-Kathie Thorndike   707-7598

June 23   Mt. Israel    4.2 mi/approx. 4 hours

                  Leader-Henry Metzger   253-8036

June 30    Mt. Pemigewasset     Moderate hike

                   Leader-Henry Metzger   253-8036

Please call the hike leaders prior to the hike.    Meeting place and time

will be determined by the leaders.

The “B” Group is trying out an occasional “Dog’s Welcome” hike.  The

owner is responsible for the social behavior of their dog and should be

aware of a dog “getting underfoot” which may be a hazard to a hiker.

Also, we have lunch on the trail and we are asking that dogs be on the

leash during lunch.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

OTHH A-Group Hikes for 2015 Spring

OTHH A-Group Hikes for 2015 Spring
                          
The “A” group of OTHH hikers met on April 16th to plan out their hikes for the season.  With the snow cover we agreed to stay “low and local” and also agreed that they would like to welcome any B hiker who would like to join them on any of the May hikes.

So any B hiker out there who would like to do one or several of these hikes is asked to call the leader to tell them they are coming and also to find out the meeting place, time and what trail the leader will be taking and also anything else you might need to know or the leader might need to know about you.  Hope to meet many of you in May!                          
                                                                Mary Cullen,

Following is the 2015 Spring hiking schedule for the A Group and optionally for B hikers.

The A-group leaders request a phone call prior to the hike to discuss expected conditions, potential car spots, and gear list, and so forth.

Meeting Places:
ñ  The Library is the Wentworth Library on Route 109 in Center Sandwich. Please park opposite the tennis courts
ñ  The Chapel is the Meeting House on Route 25 opposite Vittum Hill Road.
ñ  The Burger King is the Ashland Burger King, off exit 24, in the back lot.
ñ  The Holderness Police/Fire Station is at 922 Route 3, Holderness.

Date,    Mountain                Leader / Phone
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
May 05, Mt. Katherine          Helen Gingras / 284-9230
May 12, Red Hill                  Claude Cormier / 284-7155
May 19, tbd
May 26, Belknap Range        John Buckley / 253-4025, 533-8167
    (Leader’s Choice)

June 02, Waumbek              Susan Greenler / 508-954-6355
June 09, Parker&Resolution   Sandy Price / 520-09180
June 16, Jefferson               Claude Cormier / 284-7155
June 23, Carter Dome          Ellen Garneau / 455-8210
                                          Noël Bodwell / 707-0982  
            
June 25, Next Planning Meeting of A Group at Mary Cullen’s 7 PM

June 30, Tom Field & Willey   Deb Guyer / 455-7089                 

July 07, Osceolas                 Bert Hansen / 476-5461
July 14, Garfield                  Ellen Garneau / 455-8210
                                        Noël Bodwell / 707-0982
July 21, Adams &Madison      Claude Cormier / 284-7155
July 28, tbd
Happy trails!!!

Any changes or updates can be emailed to othhikers@gmail.com and I will update our website (www.overthehillhikers.blogspot.com) as soon as possible.


Abbas Farazdel

Saturday, April 4, 2015

What are OTHH Groups A, B, C, W?


OTHH basically has 3 groups of hikers with some subsets as well.

“A” hikers concentrate of climbing 4000 footers, helping those who wish to make their 48 x4000 and claim a badge from the AMC.

“B” hikers do the 52-with-a-view as their base list.  52 with a view are mountains that are under 4000 feet, have a trail and have a view.  Completing this list can earn you a patch from the OTHH group. This group goes at a slightly slower pace though many of the 52 can be a real challenge so don’t look down on them.The list of the 52 with a view can be accessed through the website “newenglandtrailconditions.com”. It lists them all with heights and the AMC guide will tell you about the trails.

“C” hikers hike mostly in the local area with lower elevation, less steep trails, such as Mt. Katherine, near Wonalancet chapel, Rattlesnake, Great Rock and Mt. Mexico and Mt. Major and other trails in the Belknap range. Not to forget the many trails of the Castle in the Clouds.

Then there is group W, a Friday group of walkers, who, when Lib Bates was alive, had 2 subsets, the Turtles and the snails!!

All of these lower groups also include some of the Northern Mts. Like Willard and Elephant Ear, challenging but with views from up there!

 This group picks local areas of interest that can be accomplished in 3-4 hours of activity without a huge amount of effort but enough to feel you had a good day out.
So there is something for everyone.

The “B” group won’t be organizing this summer’s hike until the end of June when Henry Metzger returns to Center Harbor.  Sue Speers will run the “C” group again and may be contacted at 284-7770 after the middle of May to see when she wants to set out an official list.  The “A” group is planning on April 16th.  Once each group has its list ready it will be posted on the website “overthehillblogspot.com”.

If you are not sure which group you might belong in then you can call a leader and ask about the planned hike.  The leader will ask questions like “how much do you walk every day, or what hikes have you done in the last month, or year or have you done any hiking before? Once you have been out with a group the leader might suggest you belong elsewhere.  That will be a decision you must make, you can always drop back again if you have moved up, or down if the first hike was more then you expected.

We welcome keen enthusiastic and, preferably younger hikers to join our group of very congenial, if older, adults who hike with passion and enthusiasm.  Contact Mary Cullen at 284-7184 for more discussion if you so choose.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Complete 2014 OTHH A-Group Hikes Schedule


2014 OTHH A-Group Hikes for May through October
                          
Following is the latest 2014 Spring hiking schedule for the A Group.

The A-group leaders request a phone call prior to the hike to discuss expected conditions, potential car spots, and gear list, and so forth.

Meeting Places:
ñ  The Library is the Wentworth Library on Route 109 in Center Sandwich. Please park opposite the tennis courts
ñ  The Chapel is the Meeting House on Route 25 opposite Vittum Hill Road.
ñ  The Burger King is the Ashland Burger King, off exit 24, in the back lot.
ñ  The Holderness Police/Fire Station is at 922 Route 3, Holderness.

Date,    Mountain                Leader / Phone
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
May 06, Belknaps                John Buckley / 533-8167
            Leader’s Choice
May 13, Waumbek               Frank Siraco / 253-4202
May 20, Jackson                 Dick Russell / 253-7884
May 27, Whiteface/Passaconaway Karen Maineri / 744-5644

June 03, Mooselaukee          Lisa Wardlaw / 253-8251
June 10, Osceolas                Karen Maineri / 744-5644
June 17, Garfield                 Ellen Garneau / 279-8910
June 24, Tripyramids            Sandy Price / 520-0918
                                       
July 01, Cannon                  Claude Cormier / 284-7155
July 08, Carrigain                Dick Russell / 253-7884
July 11, A-Group Planning     7 PM at Mary Cullen’s residence
July 15, Hancocks                Bert Hansen / 476-5461
July 22, Kinsmans                Noël Bodwell / 707-0982
July 29, Jefferson                 Deb Guyer / 455-7089

Aug 05, Wash./Monroe or
            Cabot                    Karen Maineri / 744-5644
Aug 12, Owlshead               Sandy Price / 520-0918
Aug 19, Isolation                Mary Cullen / 284-7184
Aug 26, Twins & Galehead    John Buckley / 533-8167 or 253-4025

Sep 02, Adams & Madison    Noël Bodwell / 707-0982 or
                                        Ellen Garneau / 279-8910
Sep 09, Bonds                    Frank Siraco / 253-4202
Sep 16, Franconia Ridge       Karen Maineri / 744-5644
Sep 23, Flume & Liberty       Bert Hansen / 476-5461
Sep 30, Cabot                    Dick Russell / 253-7884

Oct 07, Bearcamp Trail Day
           Details to follow      John Buckley / 533-8167
Oct 14, Lincoln Lafayette     Claude Cormier / 284-7155
Oct 21, Carters & Carter Dome      Ellen Garneau / 279-8910 or
                                                Noël Bodwell / 707-0982
Sep 28, Hale & Sugarloafs    Bert Hansen / 476-5461

Happy trails!!!

Any changes or updates can be emailed to othhikers@gmail.com and I will update our website (www.overthehillhikers.blogspot.com) as soon as possible.


Abbas Farazdel

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Schedule for Turtle (C) Hikes

                 SCHEDULE FOR  TURTLE (C) HIKES – 2014


   Please call the leader to tell her you plan to come on the hike.

June 3    -  Intervale/Kusumpe Loop  -  10:00 Library -  Sue Speers – 284-7770          

June 10   -  The Rattlesnakes  -  9:00 Library -  Sue Speers – 284-7770

June 17   -  Smart Brook Loop – 9:00 Library -  Sue Speers – 284-7770
                                                       
June 24   -  Mt. Katharine -  9:30 Library - Ruth MacDougall–284-6451
                                                                                           
July 1   -     Sunset Rock  -  9:00 Library – Ruth MacDougall – 284-6451

July 8   -    Pemi Trail  -  8:30 Library  -  Sue Speers – 284-7770

July 15 -  Kimball Woods -  9:00 Library - Ruth  MacDougall –284-6451

July 22 -   Sawyer Pond -  8:30 Chapel -  Ann Speers – 284-6519

July 29  -   Black Cap – 9:00 Chapel – Ann Speers – 284-6519

August 5 – Old Home Week in Sandwich: White Elephant Sale

August 12 –  Boulder Loop – 8:30 Chapel– Jane Harrington 253-6999

August 19  -  Elephant Ear & Ammonoosuc Lake – Chapel 9:00 - Bill Trakat – 284-7347
                                                                                                               
August 26 – Oak Hill – 8:30 Library – Ruth MacDougall – 284-6451

September 2   - Blue Job  8:30 Chapel  - Ann Speers – 284-6519

September 9  - Zealand Hut  - 8:00 Chapel – Jane Harrington –
                                                                                      253-6999

September 16 – Quincy Bog – 9:30 Library – Ruth MacDougall –
                                                                                                        284-6451

September 23 -  Mt. Willard – 8:30 Chapel – Ann Speers – 284-6519

September 30 – Mt. Major – 8:30 Library – Fred Bowden – 284-7412

October 7 –  Arethusa & Frankenstein Falls - 8:30 Library – Jane Harrington – 253-6999.  Stay tuned: there may be an all OTH Hikers
Hike on all or parts of the Bearcamp Trail with a picnic at Mead Base
after, replacing this hike.

October 14 -  Greeley Ponds – 8:30 Chapel – Ruth MacDougall
                                                                                      284-7451

October 21 -  Winnepesaukee River Trail – 8:30 Library – Sue Bowden
                                                                                                                284-7412

October 28 -  End of Season Picnic – 12:00 Mead Base – Bring your own hot dogs/hamburgers to cook plus something to share (chips, cookies, etc).  May be replaced by picnic on October 7 and the two Falls hike here instead.


Library = Wentworth Library on Main Street, Sandwich, park near first
Tennis court.

Chapel = East Sandwich Chapel on Rte 25, across from Vittum Hill Road.


Anyone who would like to supplant Ruth McDougall or Sue Speers as leaders, feel free to volunteer!  At this point, we don’t know who will comprise the Turtle Squadron! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

B-Group Hikes for 2014 Spring

OTHH B-Group Hikes for 2014 Spring
                          
Following is the latest 2014 Spring hiking schedule for the B Group.

The B-group leaders request a phone call prior to the hike to discuss expected conditions, potential car spots, and gear list, and so forth.

Meeting Places:
ñ  The Library is the Wentworth Library on Route 109 in Center Sandwich. Please park opposite the tennis courts
ñ  The Chapel is the Meeting House on Route 25 opposite Vittum Hill Road.
ñ  The Burger King is the Ashland Burger King, off exit 24, in the back lot.
ñ  The Holderness Police/Fire Station is at 922 Route 3, Holderness.

Date,    Mountain                Leader / Phone
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
May 13, Webster (Sandwich) Sue Bowden / 284-7412
            Leader’s Choice
May 20, Turtleback              Judy Ryerson / 253-7333
May 27, Hedgehog              Kathy Thorndike / 707-7598

June 03, Welch-Dickey         Ginger Ishkanian / 207-577-0966
June 10, Paugus                  Leader Needed
June 17, Chocorua (M)         Anne Knight / 279-5019 or 868-5801
June 24, Stinson                  Henry Metzger / 253-8036
                                       
July 01, Leader’s Choice       Ann Bastis / 569-7059 or 998-0759
July 08, Sugarloaf (M & N)    Ginger Ishkanian / 207-577-0966
July 15, Potash                    Kathy Thorndike / 707-7598

Happy trails!!!

Any changes or updates can be emailed to othhikers@gmail.com and I will update our website (www.overthehillhikers.blogspot.com) as soon as possible.

Abbas Farazdel