Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Over the Hill Hikers

Summer 2009 hiking schedule

Hi everyone

Following is the list of planned Tuesday hikes for summer and fall 2009..Please note that the A group leaders would like a phone call or email prior to the hike to discuss expected weather and trail conditions…B and C groups as well as the Friday Walkers have preset times and meeting places for meeting and carpooling.


A Group CARRIGAIN, Claude Cormier, 284-7155..redo of rained out hike last month

B Group MOUNT PARKER, Van Adriance, meet at the Chapel, 8:00..excellent 52wav

C Group SAWYER POND, Jocelyn Gutchess, meet at Chapel, 9:00

July 14

A Group ADAMS , MADISON, Mary Cullen, 284-7184..moderate to quick pace, rough terrain

B Group EISENHOWER, Bill and Claire Smith, Chapel 7:30..nice above treeline hike

C Group BLUE JOB, Ruth MacDougal, Library 9:00

July 21

A Group CARTERS, Ann Knight, 279-5019..nice ridge walk after long steady climb

B Group BELKNAP RANGE LOOP, Pat Russell, Library 8:00

C Group SAWYER POND, Jocelyn Gutchess, meet at Chapel 9:00 excellent


A Group WASHINGTON, Sandy Price, 520-0918

B and C Groups. LONESOME LAKE, Jim Twaddle, Library 8:00

JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31..JULY 31

Celebrate the Over The Hill Hikers 30th Anniversary..Starts with hike to GREAT FALLS, meet at Library 9:30. Following the hike all members new and old invited to a catered luncheon at Walter and Donna Johnson's home..more details to follow but sure looks like Sharon and Mary looking to empty the bank account on this one!!!

August 4

A Group HANCOCKS, Sandy Price, 520-0918..rained out earlier

B Group CARDIGAN, Bill and Claire Smith..Library 8:00..classic hike

C Group ZEALAND FALLS, Jim Burns, Chapel 8:00

August 11

A Group ISOLATION, Sharon St Onge, 387-8472..everyone's favorite

No B or C hikes due to Sandwich Old Home Week

August 18

A Group THE TWINS, Anne Knight, 279-5019 (water crossings doable but higher than normal)

B Group BLUEBERRY, Evan's Notch.. Jim Twaddle, Chapel 8:00 excellent views

C Group BLUEBERRY, Benton Range.. Jocelyn Gutchess, Library 8:30 great 52wav

August 25

A Group TOM FIELD WILLEY, Mary Cullen, 284-7184, moderate to quick pace, long day

B Group HAYES Van Adriance, Chapel 7:30..long climb but a great view

C Group, WILLARD, Ann Speers, Chapel 8:00

September 1

A Group Call Bert Hansen..476-5461 for a leader's choice hike

B Group RAGGED MOUNTAIN, Pat Russell, Library 7:30

C Group BALD KNOB, Jim Burns, Library 9:00

September 8

A Group TRIPYRAMIDS, Helen Gingras..284-9230

B Group CHOCORUA, Jim at Twaddles, 8:30

C Group HOLTS LEDGE, Walter Johnson, Library 8:30


A Group JEFFERSON, Sharon St Onge, 228-5284

B Group LAFAYETTE, Bill and Claire Smith, 284-7747, Library 7:30

C Group FALLING WATERS, Jocelyn Gutchess, Library 8:30

September 22

A Group WHITEFACE/PASSACONWAY Sharon St Onge, 228-5284

B Group SENTINEL and FLAGG, Gerry Gingras, Library 8:00 ..Ossipee Range

C Group RED HILL, Walter Johnson, Library 9:00

September 29

A Group KINSMANS, Mark Tuckerman, moderate to quick pace,

B Group SUGARLOAFS, Van Adriance Chapel 8:00

C Group SUGARLOAFS, Walter Johnson..Chapel 8:00

October 6

A Group ZEALAND, Sharon St Onge 228-5284

B Group MOUNT ROBERTS, Judy Ryerson, Library 8:00

C Group MOUNT ROBERTS, Nan Russell, Library 8:00


October 13

A Group WILDCATS, Helen Gingras, 284-9230

B Group SOUTH MOAT, Bill and Claire Smith, Chapel 8:00

C Group, MOUNT MORGAN, Jocelyn Gutchess Library 9:00

October 20

A Group CRAWFORD RIDGEPOLE, Van Adriance, Library 7:30

B Group MORGAN PERCIVAL, Jim Twaddle, Library 8:30

C Group PEMI TRAIL, Sue Speers, Library 9:00

General Notes and information

A Group..mostly quick to fast pace up and down to the NH 4k's..did you smell something?

B Group moderate pace..more time to smell the roses..a great place to start with the group

C Group..slow to moderate pace..stop..look..smell..admire the roses

Leader's of the "A" hikes to the 4k's kindly ask that you call or email a day or 2 before the hike to discuss expected conditions and necessary in the Whites can be tricky

Leader's duties:

Make decision "to go", or "not go", or "turn around" if the activity is underway. Keep the group together and monitor the condition of the group. Pick up a first aid kit at Mocha Rizing or Aubuchon Hardware. Locate an alternate leader if unable to keep commitment. Be aware of expected hazards on the trails and weather conditions. Wait at all trail junctions to insure that everyone is on the same path. Designate a sweep or co-leader.

Hiker Responsibilities:

Follow the leader's direction. Stay with the group. Weather changes quickly in the White is imperative that everyone have adequate weather protection, food, and water should conditions change. We are a hiking group and should there for hike as a group. TRY to match up with the group, A, B, or C that best suits your speed and ability. A good rule of safety is that if one member of the group has a problem then the whole group turns back..the mountains will always be there. It is encouraged that all participants take the initiative to drive for the group and it is hoped that everyone take a turn leading a hike,,try's fun.

Dues..Like every year we have to collect money to pay for supplies, mailings, first aid kits, party gifts, awards, etc..So once again we are asking for the incredible sum of $5.00 per hiker or walker per YEAR. Please make out checks to Mary Cullen and send to her at Box 312 Center Sandwich, NH 03227


In an effort to minimize expensive mailings I will send out schedule updates via email and our blogspot;

This updates blog is working out nicely..comments , pictures and trail reports encouraged..send to or Mark Tuckerman, Box 718, Center Harbor, 03226..I will post them to the world. I would encourage all trip leaders to email a report and is nice to see who is out there hiking. Lists of the 4000 footer rounds, 52 with a view, and lists of those who have completed their rounds are available..Keep Pat Russell or myself up to date

Meeting Places

Library…is the Wentworth Library in Sandwich..We have been requested to park opposite the tennis courts during the busy summer season the Meeting House on Route 25 opposite Vittum Hill Rad.. A note on the "Chapel"..The East Sandwich Meetinghouse will hold its annual service/hymn sing on Sunday July 26 at 3:00pm. Good cookies, punch, and conversation to follow. New members are always welcome (annual dues $5.00 per family) Dues help pay for the maintenance of the Meetinghouse and surrounding parking. For more information call Susan Bryant, Treasurer, 172 Tatorboro Road, Sandwich 03227, 603-284-6506

Ashland Burger exit 24 in Ashland, back parking lot

Changes or updates..trip reports or

Over the Hill Hikers..Friday Walkers..Summer 2009..Meet at Library 9:30 am

Please park opposite the tennis courts..thank you

July 10 Red Hill River Trail..Jocelyn Gutchess..284-6866..

July 17..Rattlesnake..Lunch provided by Dick and Marcia Allen at their Lake House..leader for the day is tom Beale, 253-4958..please call Tom if attending

July 24..Kisumpe Area..Ginger Heard..284-6223

July 31.. Great Falls followed by OTHH 30th Anniversary party at Johnson's..284-7118

August 7..Bearcamp Trail..(Tamworth) Sue Bowden 284-7412

August hike due to Old Home Week

August 21..Blackberry Hike, Doublehead Area..Fowski 284-6221

August 28..Canoe Trip on BearCamp Pond..Johnson's 284-7118

Sept 4..Meredith Park Area.. Ann Speers..284-6519

Sept 11..Leader's Choice..Fowski..284-6221

Sept 18..BearCamp Trail..Jocelyn Gutchess..284-6866

Sept 25..Loon Center..Warren Walker..539-4317

Oct 2..Leader's Choice..nan Russell..284-6328

October hike..Sandwich Fair Weekend but see you in the Parade!!!

Oct 16..Cold River Area..June Christian..323-8667

Oct 27..Year end picnic..details to follow

Happy Hiking!!!

1 comment:

  1. I went to visit Gutherie in the hospital today; brought him a sunflower to spread a little sunshine!He looks great and was in fine shape.
    Ginny MacDonald Kupper