– We hosted 6 campers and 2 leaders from Camp Onaway, who helped us brush out Skyland Trail. We were three, and blazed it in white, according to the 1987 agreement for Cardigan.
– We then hosted 10 teens and three leaders from the Upper Valley Trails Alliance on Newbury Trail west of Rim Trail, adding 6 rock steps. We were two that day.
– 8/19 saw three of us hike up to Mizpah Springs Hut. On the 20th we built three bog bridges from cedar airlifted in to the Crawford Path, pluys a spruce bridge we moved to be higher and dryer and make room for the new cedar ones. One more night at Mizpah (all paid for by the White Mountain Trails Collective) then we descended to beat the heavy rain that started a few minutes after we started for Luincoln and a restorative burger and beer…
– Two of us have started to add a few rock steps and scree beside them for a path to the lake in Grantham. The landowner will donate to our fiscal sponsor the UVTA when we finish.
– Last weekend four of us used Saturday to replace rotting sills under Cliff’s Bridge with new fir. We may expect several more years from that bridge, then a total rebuild. At our refreshment afterwards we consensed that:
– On Sunday four of us hiked from the State Forest boundary up New Colony Rd to Orange Cove, then south on Mowglis Trail to Crag Camp. After lunch we tended to the moldering privy we built in 2000 and checked the shelter. We then walked back to the truck, trimming the brush and sawing 5 blowdowns as we went.
– Meantime the contractor is still using ATVs on Rollins Trail on Mt. Kearsarge; west side trails up Mt. Cardigan were unreachable from downpour 7/11-8/5; NH F&G has yet to find materials for a new bridge by Bog Rd (Cole Pond Tr), and we still have no lack of work.
This Tue, Thu, Fri mornings or afternoons, crew replies will decide when: we return Grantham. Last Thu I quarried 20 rocks that are now beside the trail. I think they are enough to finish our work there and get that donation to the UVTA.
This Sat we’ll return to the West Ridge Trail on Mt. Cardigan. 0.6 miles up is still where we want to build steps and drains, and likely add more to drain and define the trail as hikers are making it wider. 2 bars, pick, and shovel are already stashed there.
This is as far as we can see ahead. Please reply with your interests and availability. There are still six weeks in our building season, and what we do depends on crew interest. We’ll volunteer with CHVTC when there is no business more urgent, but I have to throw these dates out there. Please reply all and we can have this scheduling discussion via email. Thank you muchly.
Craig Sanborn, CHVTC