What We've Been Up To!

6/18/23: A Visit to Sunapee

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 19, 2023

On Sunday June 18th five Cardigan Highlanders met at Sunapee Ski area for a ride up the chair lift to work on the Solitude Trail and the upper portion of the Andrew Brook Trail. We split the group into two work parties; one to work on the Solitude Trail and the other on the upper…

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6/8 Mt Kearsarge: Chainsaw Crew for Winslow Trail

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 9, 2023

Hello Trail Crew, As things sugared off, three of us worked for two hours, and chainsawed three spruce blowdowns off Winslow Trail. Those are all of which we know. We passed out our card to the few people hiking on a showery weekday, had very few black flies but lotsa mosquitos, and listed jobs for…

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Well Done, Wes!

By cardiganhighlanders | May 7, 2023

by Craig Sanborn Wes Tucker is our graphic artist, cartographer, and web minion (he runs the website and calls on the webwright to repair it). About a year ago he presented the crew with a new map of Mt. Sunapee, with trails overlaid on a topo map, conserved land boundaries, ski trails and lifts, etc.…

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Spring Patrols and Season Prospects

By cardiganhighlanders | May 2, 2023

Gentle readers, it is time for a wee update on the crew and the trails (here insert usual warning not to cause more erosion, so please do not hike on muddy trails, thank you). The crew held their annual meeting on March 25. Possibly the most consequential decision was to further encourage volunteers who have…

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Anatomy of a Spring Patrol

By Wes Tucker | Apr 10, 2023

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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Mud Season & Trails

By cardiganhighlanders | Mar 21, 2023

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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photo credit Bob H.

2022:  38th Worklog Summary for Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew

By cardiganhighlanders | Dec 15, 2022

Seventeen volunteers turned out: 10 had and 6 earned their tartans. The 812 hrs on trails is 158% of the average of the last 5 years pre-covid: 476 hrs. That 812 hrs includes 3 days from 2 YMCA teen crews on service trips: 300 hrs. Our admin hrs = 158, outreach hrs = 59, so…

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Putting Trails to Bed for the Winter, AKA Raking, Raking, Raking…

By cardiganhighlanders | Nov 16, 2022

A clean drain is a happy drain! The trailwork manuals say that drains should be cleared of leaves before snowfall. Dry leaves do rake MUCH easier now than do soaked ones in May. Cleaning drains now means they can handle downpours and snowmelt right into next summer. Some crews heed this advice, some do not.…

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Friends of Mount Sunapee releases a new film

By Wes Tucker | Oct 26, 2022

The Friends of Mount Sunapee has announced the release of a new film focused on Mount Sunapee’s Old Growth Forest. The film, The Forgotten Forest Primeval Re-Discovering Mount Sunapee’s Old Growth, highlights the rare, exemplary forest on Mount Sunapee as well as the early history of its protection as Forest Society’s first reservation in 1911.…

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