Monday, September 24, 2018

Still kayaking!

Wow, the OTHH kayaking group is still getting out there and it's the end of September!  Impressive!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sep 17th, 2018, Turtles hike Mt. Willard

Our OTHH matriarch, Sue Speers,  and her granddaughter, Nellie, were accompanied by Jane Harrington, Judy Ryerson, and Betsy Loughran up Mt. Williard on Sept 17th.  We started in the rain from Sandwich, but by the time we got to the top we had perfect sunshine.  The view down the valley was spectacular and even Mt. Washington was out of the clouds.

Sep 20, 2018 Hike to Mt. Crawford and Mt. Resolution

6 of us hiked the steep climb up the Davis Path trail to Mt. Crawford.  What a doozy of a climb!  The view was very limited due to the low clouds / fog, but the mist felt refreshing.  After a bit of lunch, we made our way over the nice (and gentle) trail to Mt. Resolution.  We were never really sure of the summits for either mountain, as signs and survey markers weren't easily found.  But, once we started to go down hill, we thought we might be on our way to Parker, which was not in the plan for that day.

The hike was great.  A challenging trail, but a rewarding one.  I look forward to going back to get Stairs.  There just wasn't enough time in the day to get all three.

Tracy's BFF Sarah (on left) visiting from PA.

Lacy, Sara, Ginger, Tracy and Nellie

Mt Zealand - September 20, 2018

Ellen, son Derek, John, and Dick hiked in to the AMC Zealand Falls hut, then up the Twinway and over to Mt Zealand. That made it #47 for Ellen for her eighth round of the 48 and also her over-70 round. Below are three of us at the treed summit (pic by Derek). Then you see Derek, Ellen, and John back at Zeacliff, with the nice view of Zealand Notch behind them.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mt. Eisenhower - September 17, 2018

Taking advantage of weather, Dick did Mt Eisenhower solo, closing out his fourth round of the 48. Weather was great for the hike. Below is the view south from the barren summit.

Owls Head - September 9, 2018

Ellen and Sharon left Lincoln Woods early for the long trek up to the bridge, left up to Franconia Falls, through the "Fisherman's Bushwhack" to skip two crossings and about a mile of trail, and finally up to where the side trail goes up Owls Head itself. At that point, they were about seven miles in from the highway. The "trail" up the side of Owls Head is basically a loose rock slide going up a couple thousand feet in a mile or so. For part of that, there are nice views westward of the "back side" of the Franconia Ridge. The trail disappears into the trees again, tops out on the ridge, and continues another 0.2 mile to the "true summit." Meanwhile, Dick and Susan followed the same route in and caught up to Ellen and Sharon up top. Then it was back out the way we went in. What a long day that was. Below is Susan where the trail first tops out, then Ellen and Sharon back down at the bottom of the junction with the Lincoln Woods Trail.

Galehead, South Twin, The Bonds - September 4-5, 2018

On September 4, Ellen and Sharon hiked in the Gale River Trail to the Galehead AMC hut, did the short trip up to Galehead, and back to the hut for the overnight stay. Meanwhile, Doug went in the North Twin Trail, did the Twins, went down to the hut and also bagged Galehead before spending the night at the hut. The next day, Ellen and Sharon left early, hiked up to South Twin and on southward, picking up all three of the Bonds (West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff). From Bondcliff, they continued down the four miles to the old railroad bed and the final five miles out to the Lincoln Woods trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway. Doug left the hut later than the girls, caught up and passed them, and also did the Bonds on the way out to the Kanc. (no pics available). While the girls and Doug were doing S.Twin and the Bonds, Dick was doing the Twins, solo due to unavailability to do the two-day trip.