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Winslow Trail, Mt. Kearsarge Wed July 10 at 9 AM

By cardiganhighlanders | Jul 3, 2019

Meet on the auto road just below the toll booth for this trail at 9 AM. We’ll hike up the trail doing a Spring patrol: cleaning drains, sawing blowdowns, repairing old rockwork etc.Usual gear as for dayhike in the forecast weather for that day. 2 qt. water, plenty of food. Leather boots, long pants, long…

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The best Thank You

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 14, 2019

Who says hikers don’t say thanks for the good trail? The lower elementary class (grade 1-3) of a school in Pembroke wrote us this thank-you card after their hike up the West Ridge Trail up Mt. Cardigan in late May. They summitted in a cloud, a new experience for them. You’ll note how they liked…

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Cole Pond Trail Head

By cardiganhighlanders | May 15, 2019

After 32 hours over three days moving 17 rocks and setting 6 of them in an abutment, we discovered the bridge at this trailhead is too far gone to save (although safe enough to go on using because it is so low to the water). We reported to F&G, who now will decide how to…

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Anatomy of a Spring Patrol

By cardiganhighlanders | Apr 15, 2019

Anybody who has spent time in New Hampshire knows that there are more seasons than just the basic four. The spring thaw is followed by mud season. Fast on it’s heels comes black fly season. But wedged in between those two is a brief window of time that Cardigan Highlanders call spring patrol season. This…

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2018: 34th Worklog Summary for Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew

By cardiganhighlanders | Nov 21, 2018

This worklog is not the annual report the Board of Directors votes on at the annual meeting in January. That will also be posted here. For now, let’s just remember that all this work was by volunteers. Here’s to them. 2018: 34th Worklog Summary for Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew In 2018 18 volunteers worked…

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By cardiganhighlanders | Oct 26, 2018

  Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew (CHVTC) has built new steps and waterbars at 48 sites on Mt Sunapee’s Summit Trail since August 1 by agreement with the NH Division of Parks and Recreation.  We brought in teen crews from Upper Valley Trails Alliance, who worked two days totaling 156 crew hours on 19 sites…

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Brushing Out on Crawford Path

By cardiganhighlanders | Sep 4, 2018

Tue 8/21 and Wed 8/22 three of us stayed at Mizpah Springs hut south of Mt. Pierce in the southern Presidential Range.  We hiked up from Rte 302 at Crawford’s with the mission of brushing out Crawford Path at Mt. Eisenhower, paid for by a grant from REI through the National Forest Foundation and the…

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By cardiganhighlanders | Aug 11, 2018

           Word got around that two of us took the basic rigging class by OBP Trailworks for the White Mountains Trail Collective on June 11-13.  We were available when the Dartmouth Outing Club needed a teacher for their paid summer trail crew of undergraduates to learn to rig and work an alpine…

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By cardiganhighlanders | Aug 10, 2018

Rigging Report By Nick Colaiacomo   On June11-13th two member of the Cardigan Highlanders, our venerable trail master Craig Sanborn and myself, attended a rigging and griphoist course taught by Jed Talbot of OBP Trailworks. This great opportunity was hosted by the White Mountain Trail Collective. We learned alongside members of the RMC, AMC, and rangers…

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