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.

Monroe and Washington - Aug 24, 2018

Taking advantage of a good weather day for doing this hike, Dick went solo, although hiking Mt Washington in summer is hardly solitude. Here he is at the Gem Pool halfway up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lake Winnipesauke kayaking

Thanks to all of the wonderful hosts that have led a kayaking day during this summer  They've certainly been a success.  A few more gatherings are planned before the end of the season, so if you are interested please check with Dick Stuart at:

Turtles hike, Aug 28th... a wicked hot day

Barbara Brash led 13 turtles and me (photographer, Shirley S.) on hike to Turtleback, Bald Knob, and Lower Bridle Path. 
Hazy Hot &Humid but we all persevered........

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Carter Notch Hut, Aug 23rd, 2018

Cathy Crooker, granddaughter of the late Milton "Red Mac" MacGregor, led a hike to Carter Notch Hut.  Red Mac helped build the hut and was the first hut master back in 1914. Rumor has it that after he passed away, he chose to spend some additional quality time among us and cause a little mischief...see the article below about the 100 year anniversary and the ghost story.

Christine, Tracy, Griff and Cathy
According to Cathy's mother, Lib Crooker Bates, and past den mother of the Over the Hill Hikers, this probably would have been "just like him." He always enjoyed playing practical jokes, so he seems to be carrying on the trend.

summer days, lake days...

Enjoying a lot of time on the water is a great part of being in this area.  The OTHH seem to be enjoying a few kayaking trips within the region.  For more information on joining a kayaking outing, contact Dick Stuart at:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August 21, The Tripyramids

John, Pete, Doug, and Dick went up the Pine Bend Trail, off the Kancamagus Highway. The air was cool and dry, great for a hike. We encountered Sharon, who had headed up earlier the same way. We went down the Sabbaday Brook Trail, steeply downhill for a little, then just a gradual descent through the woods. A bit above the falls we opted to bushwhack along the river a bit to avoid two crossings, following a path it seemed others also had taken. The repair work done by the Forest Service on the falls area has been completed and the area is open again to tourist use. The falls are a short walk in from the parking area and well worth the trip in to see - and free! Below are the guys on Middle Tripyramid, with Waterville Valley Ski Area in the background, then a couple of the falls area.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Presidential Traverse, Aug 7th and 8th

Doug hiked the Presidential Traverse last Tuesday and Wednesday. He started at Appalachia and summited Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay and Washington then spent the night at Lakes of the Clouds hut. It's a good thing there was a summit sign on Washington. The next day he summited Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, Pierce, Jackson and Webster. His wife, Christine, picked him up at the Highland Center.

Aug 16th hike to Mt. Roberts

Ginger prepared to hike a totally different hike, but in the final planning went with the more familiar Mt. Roberts.

It appears the change was not a disappointment, the multiple mushroom sightings and varieties, as well as the scenery were a hit.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

more kayaking!

The Over the Hillers had an adventure on the SACO.  The next kayaking day is planned for August 13th,  Center Harbor Neck on Big Squam.    For more info, contact Dick Stuart at

B Group hikes Mt. Potash, Aug 9th

Not my most flattering photo, but oh well, it's a great group shot.  We're hikers!   
A beautiful hike.  The ledges were a bit steep, but the views are incredible.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August 6, 2018 Mt Moriah

Sandy, atop Mt Moriah. Pic by Dick. Ellen and Sharon started earlier, and we passed by them a bit below the top as they descended. It was warm and humid, but most of the trail (Carter-Moriah) is in the trees.

Sunday, August 5, 2018


It seems that the kayaking days are getting a great response.  Looks like fun!  I know they have an upcoming trip down the Saco on Aug 6th.  Give Dick Stuart a shout if you're interested.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Zealand, Aug 2nd, 2018

A large group of OTHH hikers set out to hike to Zealand Hut.  One hiker, Doug, started a bit earlier and hiked to the summit of Zealand.  Another hiker decided to add Sugarloaf afterwards.  What a lovely way to spend the day... and despite the look of rain, we stayed dry!

"Doug joined the hikers on Thursday but nobody ever saw him. He left before everybody else and hiked to the summit of Zealand."

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July 31, 2018 OTHH does the Willey Range.
After doing Mt Tom, at the north end of Crawford Notch, The group headed south to Mt Field. Here are most of us after lunch, Deb, Ginger, John, Doug, and Scotlyn (Dick's granddaughter). Pic by Dick.
 John, Doug, Dick, Scotlyn, and Ashley (another of Dick's granddaughters) went on to Mt Willey. Here are Ashley, Doug, and Scotlyn, with the Webster Cliff across the way and route 302 far below winding its way down Crawford Notch.