Ditching Work and Rocking Out on the Rollins Trail

It is pleasant to report that our turnout this past Saturday (6/25) was more than replied! Three replied, five appeared on time, and we brought tools enough for all to keep working as planned except at breaks. We dug 65 yards of ditch, plus set two pavers, two rocks to finish a waterbar, and a…

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Mt. Sunapee: Ride Up, Work Down

On June 18th, four of us rode the chairlift to Mt Sunapee summit, and then hiked over to the White Ledges for lunch. We stopped to clean a waterbar we built three years ago for our friends of MSGTC. After lunch we hiked down Andrew Brook Trail, cleaning drains and adding barricade as we went.…

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Friday 5/13: Lucky Day on Cole Pond Trail

So, three of us turned out on Bog Road at 0900. We lugged the kit of PT 0.8 miles up Cole Pond Trail, and set the 2′ long split hemlock left over from 2017 as sills. We then built the eighth bog bridge on that stretch of mud to the same specs as the earlier…

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Sat 5/7: Spring Patrol Cardigan Trails

Five of us turned out on Mt. Cardigan this morning. We decided to be a waterbar team of two, and a Spring patrol of three. Nick accepted an appointment as acting team leader for the patrol. He led Chuck and Chris from Cliff’s Bridge to Ranger Cabin Trail to South Ridge Trail to Rimrock to…

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2021 DNCR Volunteer Program Annual Report

Greetings Trail Crew and Friends, Here is yet another year where we may take satisfaction and pride in our work. As you’ll note in our previous 2021 summary worklog post, you carried on in spite of difficult conditions, and the photos there show what good work you do. Here’s to another good season in 2022!…

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Mud Season & Trails

By Bob Humphrey Mud Season has once again come early to Cardigan Highlander territory. Mud season could arguably be the time of year when our trails sustain the most damage. Early warm days start the thawing process and beckon hikers anxious to hit the trails after a long winter hiatus. Unfortunately, this is the worst…

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2021: 37th Worklog Summary for Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew

Winslow steps 9/25/21

“Volunteers don’t get paid,… they’re priceless.” -F. Magnette Seventeen volunteers turned out; 8 had and 2 earned their tartans. The 508 hrs on trails is 106% of the average of the last 5 years pre-covid: 476 hr. Admin hr is 146, outreach is 40 hr. Total CHVTC: 694 hr. Camp Coniston teen crew adds 112…

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“Too Much Traffic”: When a Park Gets too much Love

Ms. Kolb describes an extreme case of what we see on most trails in New Hampshire during this pandemic: social crowding by people escaping the trail closures where they live. For example, at 1:30 PM on Saturday April 25 below the closed gate for the Mt Cardigan access road, I counted 106 cars. That increases…

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2019: 35th Work-log Summary

In 2019 11 volunteers worked on CHVTC, 657 hours on trails and 207 hours on meetings and admin, total  864 hours. Upper Valley Trails Alliance teens were 84 hours, Camp Onaway teens were 80 hours, Thus  the grand  total is 1028 hours.  We patrolled 16 miles of trail, cleaned 200+ drains and side ditches  x…

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West Ridge Trail, October 5th

From newenglandtrailconditions.com for the West Ridge Trail on October 5th: Over 4 trips beyond such routine jobs as cleaning drains and chopping blowdowns, Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew has built fixtures to mitigate erosion problems 0.6 miles above the trailhead. Those washouts result from snowshoers packing down a monorail of ice that dammed a seasonal stream that…

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