HIKES & EVENTS

EAST PEAK OSCEOLA TRAIL MAINTENANCE DAY

Trail Maintenance

DATE: Jun 30, 2024
END DATE: Jun 30, 2024

Hike/Event Location: Lincoln NH

Trip Leader(s)


JDNnh
Thornton, NH United States,

Gandalf
Thornton, NH United States

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM

Max # People: 12

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate

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Summary

With the peak of summer fast approaching, where will you go and who will you go with to find your mountain perspective?  Partner with me for a unique experience in mountain stewardship.  The trail needs some love and this is a day of giving back. 

We are hopeful that GayOutdoors has enough energetic, ambitious members to keep our adopted trail in top condition. The work itself, cleaning out waterbars, clearing small to medium blowdowns, clipping brush and painting blazes, is fairly easy. We are fortunate to be part of a club of gay men that have the opportunity to go hiking regularly in various places to take in the beauty of the White Mountains. We often oooh and awwwwe at some of the things we see. Now we have the opportunity to be a part of doing something to give back to the hiking community, while working on something we love...hiking trails...and helping make them a place where both ourselves and others can enjoy. We are looking forward to fun, hard work, comaraderie, new skills and friendships! 

We will starting from the Kancamagus Highway at 8:30 am on Sunday June 30th. This section up to East Peak had a couple of steep/scrambling sections to the wooded summit however there are a few outlooks during the way providing some nice views!  It's popular being on the NH four thousand footer list at 4,156-feet. 

For this section, there are not any waterbars to clean; our focus will be clearing small to medium blowdowns and clipping brush. You don't have to be an expert to help and we can easily train you.  All tools are provided. We'll let you in on one of the best kept secrets in the mountains: trail work is fun! A trail that you have worked on belongs to you in a way after putting in sweat equity, passion and your attention.

This is a rain or shine event, so watch the sky, and bring appropriate clothing. Bring work gloves, bug spray and a head net. While the gloves are important hopefully we don't need the head net.  Please dress for all weather conditions - be prepared for a mountain rain shower with a rain shell stowed in the pack.   Bring plenty of water, daypack, and lunch. Hiking boots are recommended - no sandals, flip flops, high heels or bare feet -- lol.  

Let's show everyone that GayOutdoors is serious about giving back to the hiking community, and let's show them what gay men can do! Will you come help us on this day? It's a full day and we expect to finish at the latest around 4pm. Water and snack breaks are taken throughout the day. Lunch may be occur on the trail itself.  

 

Arrive Saturday 4 pm for Saturday dinner, lodging & Sunday breakfast 

(Option 2 - meet us Sunday at the trail head on the Kancamagus)

Trail Head Meet up and Work Day ----- 8:30 am on Sunday

Lodging/Meals and Deck Appetizers -   as a thank you for help -- lodging and meals complimentary

Arrive Saturday 6/29th at my house at 4 pm for beverages and appetizers on the deck with mountain views.  Directions direct to participants after contacting me.  Dinner will be Asian themed with Veggie Lomein,  eggrolls and dumplings with a mango sorbet for dessert.  (Please let me know if you'll be arriving Saturday or planning to join me just on Sunday)

As part of GayOutdoors' philosophy, we believe in doing our part to give back to the community. We live and love the mountains and environment.  Lets enjoy summer's sun-soaked trails, star-flecked nights and invigorating times.  This is a great opportunity to give some love back to the mountain and participate in a truly special way!!  The work will inspire and on reflection be a great memory for life.

Namaste and Happy Trails!
Jon

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

Take Exit 32 off I-93, and drive through Lincoln onto the Kancamagus Highway past Otter Rocks Rest Area and the forest service's sign trail sign for East Pond on your right. Continue on to a sign on your right for the Greeley Ponds Trail parking. The distance from the highway exit to the parking area is 10.3 miles. 

Please note that parking is very limited and you'll most like have to park off the right side of the highway, Park off to the shoulder as far as you can so that you don't block traffic. We''ll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma.  

Trip Leader(s)

JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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Carl

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Leominster, MA


United States
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Twigs

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Townsend, MA


United States
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mecyclingrunner

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


LEWISTON, ME


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dpbyrnes

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Ipswich, MA


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Back2nature

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Tuftonboro, NH & Springfield, MO, NH


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DavidElston

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Merrimack , NH


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Discuss This Trip/Event
Gandalf Posted Jun 24, 2024 at 4:53 PM

Dave, all set with a bunk. From what I recall, guys staying over Saturday night are Carl, Jason, John, Stacy and Dave. We only have one more bunk left. We are assuming everyone is coming for dinner regardless if you are spending the night. For Welch & Dickey, Jon will be busy preparing dinner and I can only walk with a cane. BTW, our driveway is being paved this week so everyone will have to park on the road and walk downl

Carl Posted Jun 24, 2024 at 4:39 PM

Hey David. I had actually planned on doing Welch-Dickey myself on Saturday afternoon after the rescheduled hike on Uncannonuc that morning. I'm happy to join you for the hike if you don't mind being flexible with a start time. If you would rather just go based on your schedule, that's perfectly fine too.

dpbyrnes Posted Jun 24, 2024 at 4:11 PM

Hey Jon/Mike/Carl, not sure what your schedule is like but I'd love to solo (?) Welch-D on Saturday and stay over Sat night if bunk bed avail, etc.

Carl Posted Jun 13, 2024 at 8:12 AM

Thank you guys for leading this trail maintenance event! I will come up on Saturday and am happy to bring something towards dinner/breakfast. See you guys in a couple of weeks!

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