Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Belknap Hike, by the A group

Here are a couple of photos from the recent Tuesday hike; the Piper, Belknap, Gunstock loop in the Belknaps. Below is  John Buckley, trip leader, sitting on a "chair" made of various boulders, atop Piper, reigning supreme. 

Also attached is one of just the chair itself. 

Hikers included Dick, John, Bert, Doug, Don, Ellen, Sharon, Marie, Susan, and Deb.

Photo by: Dick

First hike of 2018

The "A group" took to Mt. Roberts to kick off the hiking season.

Ten of us. Left to right: John R, Pete, Deb, Doug, Susan A, Ginger, Ellen, Sharon, Bert. Pic by Dick.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Essential 10 hiking items to carry for day hiking

The following is taken from  REI day hiking checklist for the Ten Essentials

Hiking Checklist

The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort, bring these on every hike:

1. Navigation

•  Map (with protective case)
•  Compass

2. Sun protection

3. Insulation

•  See Clothing options, below

4. Illumination

•  Headlamp or flashlight
•  Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

6. Fire

Fire-starting gear:
•  A lighter or matches in a waterproof container
•  Firestarting material

7. Repair tools and kit

•  Knife or multi-tool
•  Repair supplies

8. Nutrition

9. Hydration

10. Emergency shelter

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kicking off 2018 hiking season!

Greetings friends and hikers!

  • April 27th, at 11:30 we will host a pot-luck at the Doris Benz Center in Center Sandwich.  No RSVP is necessary.  Please bring a dish to share.  There is a sign up sheet (which is best accessed from a computer not a phone or iPad) at: Pot luck sign up sheet, click here.
  • Also, Jean Knox is collecting soup recipes to assemble an Over the Hill Hikers soup cookbook!  Please bring your recipes.
  • AND... please save the date for trail maintenance of the Bear Camp River Trail, June 2nd and 30th.  More information to follow.
  • Lastly, we are putting together our hiking schedule for the 2018 hiking season and are looking for volunteers to lead / coordinate the weeks hike.  Here is the link (again, best accessed from a computer, not a cell phone or ipad) for the B Group / Moderate hikes: B group Moderate to difficult 2018 season's hike, click here You will also be able to volunteer for the A group / Difficult hikes (POC is Dick Russell) and the Turtles group / Easy to moderate hikes (POC is Jane Harrington & Sue Speers).  Contact me via email if you need their contact info.  
Thanks!  Tracy Ripkey

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ski & Snowshoe Schedule for 2018

What a wonderful group we have!  Happy Trails!!! and remember that all skill levels are welcome....

The following are courtesy guidelines for participation.... 

1.  The leader/host will send their proposed schedule/event for their week to Tracy Ripkey at, for posting to the website and email distribution.    

2. You are responsible to call the leader/host in advance (no later than Thursday) if you intend to participate.

3. Hosts are gracious and provide soup and beverage...please bring your own lunch staples with you.

4. The inclusion of dogs will be each leader/host's independent decision.

5. Some trails are maintained by private homeowners (re: Roger Sorlien).... a $ contribution to their good will is always welcome.

6. If weather/snow conditions are questionable, the leader may cancel or may choose to have an alternative activity.

Schedule for 2018

 January 5 -----------Jane Harrington and Barbara Brash  253-6999
January 12----------Milan and Carl McNall    284-7400
January 19----------Ruth and Dick Stuart   253-9964 (co-host Shirley Stanek)
January 26----------Peggy and Mark Longley   284-6294
February 2----------Ann and George Hackl    569-3930  (co-host Mary Kahn) 
February 9----------Ricky and John Banderob  284-6601
February 16--------Nancy Starmer   284-7346
February 23--------Jean and Dick Knox   284-6145
March 2-------------Tracy and Steve Ripkey   284-6213
March 9-------------Elaine Vazzana    253-6319  (co-host Shirley Stanek)

March 16----------- Susan and Kent Mitchel  284-7768 (co-host Susan Allen)

March 23-----------Laurie and Jim Norman   646-594-9925

March 30-----------Susan Allen   707-0085

The following people have volunteered to co-host if anyone wishes additional help:  Shirley Stanek, Susan Mitchel, Ruth Stuart, and Sue Allen.... and don't hesitate to call me if you are in a bind. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

A group hikes Mt. Chocorua 10/12/17

Hikers: Dick, Deb, Helen, and Doug who caught up to us.

B group hikes Mt. Roberts, 10/19/17

 John, Cheryl, and Susan enjoy a hike on an epic fall day.