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Camp Highlander on the Newbury Trail

By Wes Tucker | Jul 20, 2021

On Friday July 16, the Highlanders teamed up with a group from a local summer camp to brush out the Newbury Trail on Mount Sunapee. 11 campers, all 15-16 years old, were accompanied by 3 camp counselors, and supervised by CHVTC leaders Craig Sanborn and Bob Humphrey. Due to the July heat, safety for all…

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Andrew Brook From the Top Down, Sat., 10 July

By Wes Tucker | Jul 12, 2021

by Craig Sanborn We made it a leisurely day, thus a relaxed day. At 0900 we five met at the Mt Sunapee ski area. At 1000 we were the first ones riding the chairlift uphill on our comp tickets (hanks to the Resort). By 1115 we arrived at White Ledges above Lake Solitude for a…

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Cole Pond Trail, Enfield NH, Sat 6/26

By Wes Tucker | Jun 30, 2021

by Craig Sanborn Today saw three of us on Cole Pond Trail for five hours. It was humid, but cool enough under the leaf canopy. We added four paver rocks, two more rocks just below the berm of a waterbar to hold that soil in place and give a better step for hikers than the…

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Photo by Jack van Hoff

Mitigating Erosion and a 24″ Surprise

By Wes Tucker | Jun 28, 2021

The pandemic has receded this spring, the NH State Bird aka the black fly has outlived its usefulness and gone home till next year, and the trail crew is fixing trails damaged by heavy use and normal wear and tear. On June 18-19, four of us turned out for six hours each day. It felt…

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NH State Parks Volunteer Program 2020 Annual Report

By Wes Tucker | May 17, 2021

Thanks to your efforts, CHVTC figures rather prominently in this report from NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR).  Thanks again to all our volunteers, and Well Done!

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2020: 36th Worklog Summary

By Wes Tucker | May 16, 2021

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” – Burns, To a Mouse, 1785. The covid pandemic has forced us all to change plans. Most trails had 2x the hikers with but ½ the crew to fix their impacts and tend trail. Eleven volunteers worked on CHVTC. Their 429 hr on trails is…

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Building Bridges

By Wes Tucker | May 7, 2021

Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew is not unique, most trail crews build bridges at need and by their abilities. This list is for our volunteers, colleagues, and clients. BTW, this list does not include dozens of bog bridges. Volunteers, Thank you VERY much for so generously giving of your time and talents. This is not…

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

By cardiganhighlanders | May 28, 2020

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

By cardiganhighlanders | Dec 6, 2019

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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