Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday Turtles hike Mt Katherine

Tuesday the Turtles headed out to Wonalancet to hike Mt Katherine. After a wonderful send off by Sue Speers in the library parking lot, we all climbed into Jane's car. We met up with Betsy at the trailhead and started up the trail, singing as we hiked! There is a wonderful open, spring fed well at the  half way point and we were rewarded at the summit with a sweeping view of Chocorua in the distance. We celebrated with another Sue Speers tradition of cheetos at the top. We took a different trail down -which turned out to be a bit swampy- but we had fun identifying all the flora and fauna along the way. (Yes, we made up names to those we didn't know!) After, it was off to Tamworth and The Other Store for well deserved ice cream on their back porch.

Betsy, Jane, Barbara, Susan and Brenda (photo taken by Barb H.)

Friday, June 16, 2017

B group hike Sugarloaf & Arethusa Falls

Deb, Carl, Shirl, Cheryl, Dee, Tracy, Kath, Michael, and Susan (photographer)
Summit of Sugarloaf
Jun 15, 2017

Tracy at Arethusa Falls

Deb & Dee at Arethusa Falls

A group hikes Mt. Webster

Mt. Webster summit
Jun 13, 2017
Bert, Susan, Noel, Peter and Dick (photographer)

Turtles hike Smarts Brook

June 13, 2017
Barbara, Barbara, Judy, Jane,  Granthea, and Cheryl (photographer)
Smarts Brook, a beautiful hike on a lovely day.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mt. Willard

What a view of Crawford Notch!

Fantastic hike, very little effort for such a view... a bit of mud, but we've had A LOT of rain in the past few weeks, so the trail condition is what you should expect, given the late weather.  A definite hike to enjoy and repeat.  I bet it would be magnificent in the fall!  hmm... there's an idea!

Trail Maintenance

10 of us gathered to do cleanup on the Bear Camp River Trail.  We had one bloody lip, a thousand mosquitos, and accomplished cleaning up the trail from Mead Base Camp to Route 113.  The trail is in good shape, with a few blow downs to attend too.  Thank you to all who volunteered!  

Steve, Dick and Cheryl at Charlie's Bridge

Big Rock Cave

"B" Group, out for some river crossings, mud and a lot of downed trees.  This hike was a bit of a challenge this early in the season.  It was certainly affected by the amount of rain we've had, followed by a good winter, and some significant storms.  The mileage was a leap forward from our 3.5 we had done after winter.  This hike doing the loop clockwise ended just under 6 miles.  It was rewarding, but we all thought it was a bit more than we expected.


Kath & Ruth

Tracy (Dick always takes the most flattering photos... says no one!)

that rock is wobbly!  be careful!
hurry up you guys!  :)

Like a boss!

I got this!

Mt. Waumbek

"A" Group out for a 4k footer...

Bert & Peter

GREAT photo op!

would you like a snack?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hiking season has begun...

Enjoying the hiking, even if there's a good bit of mud, lot's of bugs, and oh, those ticks!  The views make it enjoyable, and the camaraderie makes it even better!
The view from the summit of Mt. Livermore

Turtles OTHH FRIDAY WALKS – 2017


All walks leave from Wentworth Library, Sandwich at 9:30 a.m.
UNLESS otherwise noted.  Hikers should wear hiking shoes/boots, carry water, lunch, rainwear. 
Feel free to phone the Leader indicated if you have questions.
Sue Speers - 284-7770/603-387-6778

June 23     -     White Lake -  Laurie Norman 646-594-9925

June 30     -     Brook Walk - Barbara Brash 476-5146/318-8731

July 7         -   Wellington State Park  -  Jane Harrington

July 14      -    Cow Cave/Beede Falls – Jane Harrington

June 21     -    Whitten Woods – Mary Sherrill  253-6168

July 28      -     Loon Center – Ann Speers 284-6519

August 5   -     Five Finger Point – Ann Speers 284-6519

August 12 -    No Walk – end of Old Home Week

August 18  -   Ossipee Pine Barrens -  Susan Gutchess

August 25   -  Page Pond – Jane Harrington 253-6999

September 1 – Labor Day Weekend – No Walk

September 8   -   Proctor Walk – Mary Sherrill -253-6168

September 15 -  Chamberlin-Reynolds Woods – Jane Harrington – 253-6999/617-823-6672

September 22  -  Quincy Bog – Ann Speers – 284-6519

September 29  -  No Walk – Brash Wedding!

October 6          -  Heron Pond  -  Ann Speers 284-6519

October 13        -  Collect your gear so that you march in
                                 The Columbus weekend Sunday Parade!
                                 Meet at 12:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Group, 2017 Hiking Schedule

Date Mountain Leader/Phone
MAY 16 Black Mt. Sandy Price 520-0918
MAY 23 Speckle Mt. (?) Sandy Price 520-0918
MAY 30 Mt. Carrigain John Buckley 533-8167
JUNE   6 Waumbek Dick Russell 253-7884
JUNE   13 Mt. Jackson Peter Strople 859-816-8383
JUNE  20 Mt. Tecumseh Bert Hanson 476-5461
JUNE   27 Mt. Moriah John Buckley 533-8167
JULY   11 Whiteface/Passaconaway Bert Hanson 476-5461
JULY   18 Carter Mts. N & S Dick Russell 253-7884
JULY     25 Mt. Eisenhower/Pierce Peter Strople 859-861-8383

NEXT PLANNING MEETING: JUNE 22rd at 7:00 PM at 29 Bosn Way Moultonborough, NH

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Turtles, 2017 Hiking Schedule


Dear Turtles & Friends:  Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho, It’s off to Hike We go!  To join any
hike, PLEASE TELEPHONE THE LEADER to find out  the rendezvous site, the
time, equipment needed, and conditions expected.  Sue Speers, Turtle
Matriarch, unfortunately sidelined with  a defective hip this season.

June 6   -  Waukewan Highlands  -  Barbara Brash – 476-5146 

June 13  - Smart Brook Loop  -  Jane Harrington  253-6999 
June 20  -  Mt. Katherine  -  Jane Harrington – 253-6999 

June 27 -  West & East Rattlesnakes  - Ricky & John Banderob – 284-6601

July 6    -   Bald Knob  - Barbara Brash – 476 – 5146 ( 603-318-8731)

July 11 -  Mt Pemigewasset  -  Jane Harrington – 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

July 18  -  Bear Camp River Trail work day – call Tracy Ripkey –

July 25  -  Black Cap – Ricky and John Banderob – 284-6601 (617-694-5834)

August 1  -  Mt. Willard  -  Barbara Brash – 476-5146 (603-318-8731) & Jane
             Harrington 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

August 8  -  Old Home Week, Sandwich; Mt. Roberts – Ricky and John Banderob –
             284-6601 (617-694-5834)

August 15  -  Mt. Belknap – Jane Harrington 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

August 22  -  Mt. Sugar Loaf (N. or M.)  - Barbara Hawkins – (603-998-7743)

August 29  -  Kimball Woods – Jane Harrington  - 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

September 5 – Mt. Fayal –Barbara Hawkins – (603-998-7743)

September 12 -  Mt. Hedgehog (Kang) – Barbara Brash & Jane Harrington
                476-5146 (603-318-87310) & 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

September 19 -  Mt. Livermore  - Jane Harrington 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

September 26  -  NO HIKE – Moultonborough Library Author Luncheon

October 3  -  Blue Job  - Ann Speers – 284-6519

October 8  -  Sandwich Fair PARADE – All hikers on deck with packs,
sticks, etc.

October 10  –  Red Hill – Jane Harrington – 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

October 17  -  Mt. Cardigan  - Jane Harrington 253-6999 (617-823-6672)

October 24  -  Hiking Potluck Picnic at Mead Base, Sandwich.

B Group, 2017 Hiking Schedule

Over the Hill Hikers
B Group season hikes for 2017

A couple of housekeeping issues…

B group has decided to move its designated hike day to Thursday throughout the full season.  This will allow B group hikers to have flexibility to join either the Turtles or A group hikers on their designated hikes during the season. 

Dogs… **Not all hikes will be dog friendly. 
It will be designated by the week’s hike leader if well-behaved dogs are welcome on that particular hike.  If you do bring Fido, ALWAYS carry a leash, and please be prepared to leash your dog during lunch at the summit, or in any situation necessary.  Thank you.

Please be prepared to hike your own hike…. i.e., have your own provisions such as first aid, food, water, extra clothing for unplanned weather, etc.  Have your EMERGENCY CONTACT SHEET completed and in your backpack; it may save your life, and/ or help us reach someone who greatly cares.

Please RSVP for a hike you plan to join by either calling or emailing the leader.  That week’s organizer / leader will determine hike carpool locations, trailhead meet times, etc. with the plan of reaching summit / destination for a lunchtime break. 

Parking fees… our finely aged hikers can obtain a LIFETIME National Park Pass for $10.00, which is also good at a number of other parks and trailheads.  More info on how to obtain your pass can be found at:

Please notice there are two trail maintenance days planned, June 9th, and July 18th.  All hikers are welcome and encouraged to assist in pruning, dealing with trees that are impeding the trail, and reblazing.  More info to follow. 

And lastly… there may be hikes when the group is either slower or faster than your current ability.   Please know that because this is a group hike, it’s hard to accommodate everyone’s pace perfectly.  Our desire is not to leave anyone, however there have been times when it is in the best interest of all to split up.  Please do your part by knowing your own abilities, communicating with the hike organizer ahead of time if you would like to start early, or end later than the group. 

Now for the fun stuff, the hiking schedule!

Over the Hill Hikers
B Group season hikes for 2017

May 25th             Mt. Livermore (Squam Range)        Kathy Thorndike       603 707 7598
Jun 1st             Mt. Willard     (52 WAV US302)      Tracy Ripkey              860 303 8138
Jun 8th                        Big Rock Cave                        Ruth & Dick Stuart    603 253 9964
**Jun 9th—trail work day for Bearcamp River Trail (all hikers welcome) & BBQ / potluck     
                    Tracy Ripkey  860 303 8138
Jun 15th          Sugarloaf (52 WAV), Twin Mtn, Arethusa Falls (Crawford Notch) 
                     Sue Allen    603 707 0085
Jun 22nd          Doublehead (Squam Range)           Shirley Stanek & Jean Knox 203 644 7770
Jun 29th          Mt. Cardigan  (52 WAV near Canaan)        Tracy Ripkey & Deb Guyer   860 303 8138
Jul 6th              Mt. Moosilauke          (AT hike & 4k)           Tracy Ripkey              860 303 8138
Jul 13th           Mt. Mac & Klem (Belknap)   Sue Allen                    603 707 0085
**July 18th -- trail workday for Bearcamp River Trail       Tracy Ripkey  860 303 8138
Jul 20th           Mt. Shaw (52 WAV Ossipee)            Shirley & Jean                        203 644 7770
Jul 27th           Mt. Pierce (4k)                      Sue Allen                    603 707 0085
Aug 3rd            Gunstock, Piper and Whiteface  (Belknap) Sue Allen       603 707 0085
Aug 10th         Flat Mt. Pond (Sandwich Range)    Tracy Ripkey              860 303 8138
Aug 17th         Mt. Kearsarge (52WAV) southern NH        Ruth & Dick Stuart    603 253 9964
Aug 24th         Kearsarge North (52WAV)  Tracy Ripkey              860 303 8138
Aug 31st          Middle Sister (52WAV)        Deb Guyer                 
Sep 7th            Avalon            (52WAV Crawford Notch)              Jean Knox                  603 284 6145
Sep 14th          Mt. Tremont   (52 WAV Crawford Notch)  need leader
Sep 21st          Whiteface (4k)          Tracy Ripkey              860 303 8138
Sep 28th          Baldface Loop (52 WAV)      Tracy Ripkey & Melanie Lovering  
Oct 5th             NO HIKE, FAIR WEEKEND
Oct 12th          Mt. Crawford, Stairs Mtn & Resolution (all 3, 52 WAV)    Tracy Ripkey  860 303 8138
Oct 19th          Mt. Roberts (52 WAV Ossipee)        John Roberts
Oct 24th          Hiking Picnic for all!  Meade Base Camp, potluck style at 11:30