Friday, September 11, 2015

Updated OTHH – Turtle (C group) Schedule – 2015

Updated OTHH – Turtle (C group) Schedule – 2015

The Turtles at last are following the lead of our speedier compatriots, giving only the name of the hike, leader’s name and telephone number.  Prospective hikers must call the leader ahead of time to find out the time and meeting place.  This way a leader knows in advance who is planning to come, can arrange transportation, discuss needed equipment, and talk about weather forecasts.  Thank you for complying.  Sue Speers, Turtle Matriarch.

 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

June 23     Pemi Trail    Sue Speers 387-6778

June 30     W & E Rattlesnakes  Marcia Rauch  491-5364

July 7         Moose Mountain  Jane Harrington  253-6999, 617-823-6672 (cell)

July 14      Bald Knob   Jane Harrington  253-6999, 617-823-6672 (cell)

July 21      Black Cap   Ann Speers 284-6519

July 28      Mount Morgan  Marcia Rauch 491-5364

Aug 4         Mt Major Jane Harrington 253-6999, 617-823-6672 (cell)

Aug 11      Sawyer Pond   Ann Speers 284-6519

Aug 18      Kimball Forest – Ruth MacDougall 284-6451

Aug 25      Elephant Ear & Ammonusooc Lake – Sue Speers 387-6778

Sep 1         Blue Job   Ruth MacDougall  284-6451

Sep 8         Pemi Trail -  Cindy King, leader;  279-7729

Sep 15       Lonesome Lake Sue Reepmeyer 248-941-2068

Sep 22       Mt. Fayal (SLNSC) - Barbara Hawkins - 609-998-7743

Sep 29       Mt. Willard – Jane Harrington 253-6999, 617-823-6672

Oct 6         Mt. Roberts  Sue Bowden 284-7412

Oct 13       Leaders Choice Diana Levy 284-6442 and
      Barb Brash 476 – 5146

Oct 20       Peaked Mt.  Fred Bowden 284-7412

Oct 27       Bear Camp Trail with A & B Groups, also.  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 and I will update our website ( 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 “”. 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 “”.

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.