Winter Hike: Up and over Mt. Kearsarge

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Winter Peak Bagger’s Special

Going up and over Mount Kearsarge is a great day hike in the Summer. But, making that same hike in the winter requires more time, the proper equipment and of course favorable weather. Luckily, we had all these things going for us on Sunday Jan 29th.

Nick Baer and Dave Gardner led a group of eleven SRK hikers starting at the gate to the Winslow State Park at 9am. Hiking up the Barlow Trail with microspikes and chocolate we all made it to the summit with smiles on our faces. A very quick lunch at the top was all that the cold wind would allow us as we continued down the Lincoln Trail to lower elevations.

The Lincoln Trail has some very steep sections that were covered in ice which required us to go slowly and carefully. But we eventually made it down the 6 miles to Kearsarge Valley Road in Sutton – where we had left cars to shuttle us back to Winslow. The Lincoln Trail goes through some beautiful woods that start out predominantly as spruce and hemlock in the State Park and then transition into Beech and Birch as you get into the Society for Protection of NH Forests’ Black Mountain Reservation. We discovered a hollow full of moose tracks and bushwhacked around a bit hoping to find antlers in the snow but to no avail.

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It was a great winter hike and a very easy-going group of people.  The hikers included Jeff Yegian, Sue and Don Elliott, Rick and Harriett Fingeroth, Brad and Jackie Esthus, Nick and Lili Baer, and Dave and Ada Gardner.

In Memory of Brian Faughnan

 

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Brian checking GPS distances on SRK trail #14 in Newbury

Brian Faughnan died on August 1st.  Brian was a long-serving SRKGC Board Director from Wilmot with years of abundant contributions to the organization.  His love of maps, GPS technologies and map making can be found in all three of the Greenway’s SRKG Trail Guides.   Brian and his wife, Barbara, also edited and published the SRK Greenway newsletter for many years. The beautiful Certificates awarded to hikers who completed all 14 Greenway section were designed, and usually presented, by Brian and Barbara.  He also served for a year as Board Chairman, and led hikes and maintained trails. 
Brian could walk out his front door and directly be on Trail 8 walking, skiing, or working.  He and Dudley Moseley, also of Wilmot, for many years maintained Wilmot trails 7 (from NH 4A over Bog Mountain to Wilmot Library) and 8 (from library over to New Canada Road) with immaculate care.
He also applied his skills and energies as map maker and Board member to the Wilmot Conservation Commission.
Overall, Brian provided exemplary proof that every community needs a talented, retired physicist to keep the world in working order.
A more complete appreciation of this wonderful man, written by his daughter, Kelly, can be read here:  http://www.chadwickfuneralservice.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3832507&fh_id=12966