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Andrew Brook Steps 7/14/24

Back to Andrew Brook

By cardiganhighlanders | Jul 18, 2024

On Sunday July 14th Cardigan Highlanders Ben, Bob, Josh, and Scott met at the Andrew Brook trailhead to distribute tools among them for the 1.3-mile hike to our work site a short distance above the third brook crossing. Tools included 4 ten-pound bars, Rope winch and related hardware, two shovels, two picks, trail saws, caution…

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Sat., 6/29: Clrearing Drains & Blowdowns on Mount Sunapee

By cardiganhighlanders | Jul 1, 2024

On Saturday June 29th CHVTC members Josh, Scott, Aurel, and Bob spent 8 hours working on the Andrew Brook Trail. We cleaned and, in most cases, re-dug 32 drains. The four of us spent about an hour on one particularly large side drain not far from the trail head. We then worked our way up…

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6-15-24 Enfield Shaker Bridge

6/15: 14′ Bridge for Shaker Museum, Enfield NH

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 19, 2024

The Shaker community at Enfield NH powered their mills by collecting water from ponds and brooks high on the mountain via an aqueduct they dug in the 1840s. This ended at a reservoir about 20 yards across. It fed water into a brook that turned the water wheel of a two-story stone mill. The Shakers…

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5/12/24: Old Acquaintances on West Ridge Trail

By cardiganhighlanders | May 14, 2024

Mother’s Day on Mount Cardigan was cool (50s) and a little breezy above 1900′, and I spent 5 hours re-digging 25 drains that are downhill of the jeep road and below the junction with South Ridge Trail. The state DOT opened the gate on the road to them last Thursday after closing it for six…

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Season Opener: Winslow Trail 5/4/24

By cardiganhighlanders | May 6, 2024

Snow and ice has melted off most trails, the gate to this one is open, and five of us turned out to patrol it. After greeting old friends, and signing the waiver, we took tools and set off uphill in 40s temps and a shower of rain. Three hiked to the summit and worked down.…

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Photo by Nick Colaiacomo

Season Starts Soon…

By Wes Tucker | Apr 14, 2024

Hello Trail Crew, We seem to have made it through this would-be winter with not much snow but five mud seasons. Snow’s about melted, we can start patrolling trails. This note is just to say that we’ll start soon, but conditions are not quite ready. Gates are still across roads at Cardigan and at Kearsarge.…

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Anatomy of a Spring Patrol

By Wes Tucker | Apr 6, 2024

By Wes Tucker 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. Then fast on it’s heels comes black fly season. But wedged in between them is a brief window of time that Cardigan Highlanders call spring…

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New Trail Map!

By Wes Tucker | Mar 20, 2024

Cardigan Highlanders is proud to present our new Cole Pond Trail Map. This often overlooked hiking trail has been in need of an accurate trail map for a long time. Using the latest USGS topo map as a base, we incorporated USGS data, GPS tracks, and on-the-ground observations to get the trail as accurate as…

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CHVTC Annual Meeting 2024

By cardiganhighlanders | Mar 10, 2024

The crew held their annual meeting on Saturday March 9 2024. All seven Directors attended, strengthened by three interested volunteers. They approved the 2023 minutes and heard the President report. The treasury is healthy thanks to appealing to large donors by the President and the Trailmaster. Convincing them to unlimber their checkbooks is greatly helped…

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