Tuesday, October 16, 2018

POTLUCK, Oct 25th, 2018

Hello Friends and Hikers,

The upcoming Potluck will be held on October 25th, 2018 at 11:30, at the Doris Benz Center, located at 18 Heard Rd, Center Sandwich.

Please bring a dish to share.  Lunch will be at noon.

Sign up sheet is available at: OTHH Potluck sign up sheet

In addition, we are taking orders for T-Shirts, Tech Shirts, Fleece and Hats.  Please check out the following link for more information:  OTHH Shirt order

And lastly, Jean Knox has completed the OTHH cookbook!  The Cookbook will be available for sale at the potluck. $10 a copy for 17 recipes.  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Oct 10th, 2018, "A" Group Hikes Owl's Head

Jeanne O'Callaghan, John Buckley and Doug Wright hiked to the summit of Owl's Head. Jeanne is a newcomer to the OTHH and the "A" group. We started hiking at 7:15, taking the Black Pond bushwhack on the way up. There was some degree of difficulty following the bushwhack with all the leaves covering the path but we made our way to the point where the real trail crosses the river. We summited between 12:30 and 1:00. We took the Brutus bushwhack on the way down, but not any other bushwhacks, and were back at the car by 6:30. We didn't need to use headlamps but it was getting quite dark when we arrived at the car.

The picture below is of Owl's Head from the summit of Little Haystack on the  Franconia Ridge. The slide is easily seen just to the right of center.


The picture above is of Doug, Jeanne and John at the summit of Owl's Head with the summit cairn. You would think that after hiking over 9 miles there would be a bigger cairn.

Franconia Ridge, September 27th, 2018

Doug (one of our A group hikers), did a solo hike on the Franconia Ridge. He took a clockwise route going by the Greenleaf Hut, Lafayette, Lincoln and Little Haystack. The weather was great and the views included Camel's Hump in Vermont and Mt. Washington.

The picture below is of Doug on top of Lafayette with Mt Washington in the distance.

 The picture above is of Doug on top of Lincoln with Lafayette in the background and Garfield to the right.
The picture above is of the Falling Waters below Little Haystack.

The picture above is of Doug on top of Little Haystack with Lincoln in the background. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

2018 Fall Potluck

This year's fall potluck is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 25th at Mead Base Conservation Center (517 Diamond Ledge Rd, Center Sandwich, NH) for an 11:30 arrival, with lunch at noon.  

Please bring a dish to share.  There is a sign up sheet available at: OTHH POTLUCK SIGN UP SHEET. (Best accessed through a regular computer, verses a cell phone or iPad.).  If you have trouble with the sign up sheet, no worries, you can email me what you would like to bring, and I can add it for you if you would like.

I will provide beverages, plates / bowls, utensils, and napkins.  

No RSVP is necessary, and the invitation is for all those past and present hikers, including those who wish to become more involved with the OTHH group in the future.  

This will close out the 39th year of the OTHH season, and next year we will welcome the 40th year for the OTHH group.  Quite the accomplishment.  

If you have any questions, please drop me an email, otherwise I look forward to seeing you on the 25th, of October, or before!


Tracy Ripkey

The Sandwich Fair, 2018

A wonderful turnout to march in the Sandwich Fair Parade.  Of course we kept with tradition, and took first place in our category.  Thank you to everyone who turned out.  

Monday, October 1, 2018

Cannon Mt - September 30, 2018

Ellen's Cannon hike was moved up by later weather concerns and to enable her three sons to join her as she completed both her eighth round and her over-70 round of the 48 4000 footers. In the pics below they pose on "the ladder" high up on the mountain and again atop the summit tower, with Lafayette and Lincoln across the notch. Pics by Dick.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bald Knob hike, September 27, 2018

September hiking doesn’t get better than this: Beautiful weather for a moderate hike on Bald Knob in the Ossipees. We took the Bald Knob Cut Off going up—a little rough and slippery after heavy rain the night before— and took an easy, slightly longer hike on the Turtleback carriage road heading down. There were nine of us: Elaine Vazanna, Shirley Stanek, Christine Wright, John Robbins, Cheryl Ouelette, Betty Heaney, Kathy Thorndike, Deb Guyer, and hike leader Jean Knox. 
All in all, a terrific day!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Last kayaking trip for 2018

7 braved the cold windy morning to paddle squaw cove then around Hoag Island. It was a successful, and dry last outing for the season.

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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mt. Chocorua & Middle Sister, Sep 13th, 2018

A group of us headed up Mt. Chocorua from the Kancamangus Hwy, taking Champney Falls trail.  We checked out the water fall, then headed up to Chocorua.  On the way down, we decided to add First Sister and Middle Sister, then take the cut off trail to get back over to Champney Falls.  It was a spontaneous decision, but a couple of us needed it for our 52 With a View List, so we figured what the heck.  "We're right here!"  It was a beautiful hike!

The view of Chocorua from Middle Sister


Bob, Deb, Ginger, Ruth and Shirl at Champney Falls

The summit of Chocorua

Middle Sister summit

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sept 6th, 2018 Is that Thunder?

Today, a group of five of us set out to hike one of the 52 With a View, Mt.  Pemigewasset.  It was a hot and humid day, seems like we've been having a lot of those lately... but we were all happy to be together and "blow a little stink off us", as my neighbor use to say.  

About a 1/2 mile to 3/4 mile up, someone says, "is that Thunder?"  Why, yes it is!  Here, check out the radar!  (a cell phone was passed around). About the same time we all start to hear the rain come in from the background.... we scurry to decide, raincoat or not, put the electronics away, pull out the pack cover, and decide, do we turn around or not.  

We ultimately decided to turn around, despite our disappointment of not making the summit.  The thunder was not a good sign, and the rain had no appearance of "lightning" up.

It was a good decision to turn around, although I couldn't help think about the AT hikers that are out there, and how they just "tough it out".  When we got back to the car, we were drenched!  Our boots had puddles of water in them, the clouds were still very dark, and the rain was just as heavy.  I'm happy we're heading home.  The mountain can get climbed another sunny day.


Sept 4, 2018 Turtles hiked North & Middle Sugarloaf

The Turtes climbed North and Middle Sugarloaf on a beautiful day.  John and Ricky, Judy, Terry and Betsy made the climb.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Squam time

Kayaking on Squam will always make you smile.

Hot and humid hike up Mt. Israel, Aug 30th, 2018

A large group of us tackled Mt. Israel on a HHH morning. Perhaps if we waited a few hours to start after it cooled down, then more than 4 would have reached the summit. It was a successful day for foraging for mushrooms again. This time we collected 3 bags of black trumpets and white lions mane.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mt Isolation - August 28, 2018

On a day that was hot and humid elsewhere, Dick and Doug did Mt Isolation, down along the Montalban Ridge to the south of Mt Washington. The Glen Boulder Trail takes you up steeply above treeline in a mile and a half. Further up, at over 5100 ft, it ties into the Davis Path, which is taken south almost three miles and down to Isolation at only 4003 ft. Up high, the wind was blowing perhaps 35-40 mph, temperature was around 70, and we couldn't see far through the fog. We had to layer up to keep warm. On the return path, the skies had cleared, giving wonderful but hazy views. Below are Doug at Glen Boulder, then a shot from up at the high junction.