Rotary Log for February 28, 2019
 
                  President Cleo opened our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. A song followed, then the Four-Way Test and the invocation by John Rice. Guests were introduced and recognized.  
         Caitlin announced the next Social will be at the Atlantic Grill on March 11, 5:30-7:30.  This will be a New Member Social so come and get to know our newbies better.  And if you’re like me, it might help imprint their names as well.
         Cleo revealed that the Golf Tournament will be June 28.  Mark your calendars, work on your putting, or volunteer to help.  More to come.
         Four monthly forums entitled “Recovery with Hope and Dignity” will be sponsored by seven area Rotary clubs. The first is March 5 at Exeter High school from 6-8 PM.  The full schedule is on our website.  Admission is free and includes information about resources for those with substance abuse.  Attendees will also be educated about ways to save a life.  Governor Sununu was to open Tuesday’s forum.  
         The raffle winner was Dennis Moulton, but alas no match.
 
         Our speakers today represented the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).  Larry Yetter and our own Maddie Warren presented the beauty and problems of winter hiking the 4,000 footers of the White Mountains.  Although the Whites are open year-round, not all trails are as easily accessible in winter.  That’s why Maddie and Larry suggest taking an AMC winter hiking seminar. In lieu of that, the duo gave us a mini course in being prepared.  Remember precautions and preparations, especially carrying the right gear, apply to all hikes in all seasons.
 
 
         Knowing the route and having a map and compass are even more important in winter than other seasons. Snow changes the appearance of the route and obscures trail markers.  I personally agree with Maddie that you shouldn’t hike a trail in winter unless you’ve hiked it in summer.  The cell phone coverage is not consistent in the Whites. Further, batteries lose charge much faster in cold so relying on technology may not be wise.  Maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration is also more important in winter as dehydration speeds hypothermia.  Maddie and Larry use insulated carriers for their water bottles and pack them with hot water.
 
 
         Gear is most important.  Note: cotton is never a good option in winter.  Synthetic fabrics do not retain water and insulate even when damp.  Wise winter climbers plan for extreme cold, since above tree line, wind becomes the major factor.  This means face protection and ski goggles.  Snowshoes (which can be rented) are a must as you may be breaking trail in fresh snow.  Both above tree line and below, some form of crampons may be needed, and hiking poles are more useful than in summer.
 
 
            When Maddie and Larry climb, someone always carries a foam pad in case of injury. This ensures that the injured party is not lying on snow and risking hypothermia.  Layering clothing allows one to shed layers when working hard and cover up as you cool down.  
 
 
         Letting people know your route and when you expect to be back is important in all seasons. Know your limits.  Daylight is short in winter so it’s best to set a turn-around time regardless of having reached your intended goal.  Though I’ve only hiked twice in winter, I remember it with great fondness and was energized by this presentation.  Be safe out there.
 
 
 
For more information on weather and how to hike safely please visit these websites:
 
TRIP PLANNING WEB LINKS 
 
New England Hiking
Summit information and descriptions, trip routes, basic trail information, directions to trail heads and a trail map with distances.
Google Search “nh 4000 footers”
 
New Hampshire 4000 Footers
Includes trip routes, basic trail information, distance, elevation gain and book time.
Google Search “nh 4000 footers”
 
TRAIL CONDITIONS WEB LINKS 
 
New England Trail Conditions
http://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com/
Google Search “new England trail conditions”
 
Views from The Top – VFTT
http://www.vftt.org/forums/
Google Search “vftt”
 
WEATHER WEB LINKS 
 
NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS)
Google Search “nws”
 
Mountain Forecast
Google Search “mountain forecast”
 
Mt Washington Observatory
Google Search “mt washington weather”
 
 
WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST (WMNF) WEB LINKS 
 
WMNF Trail Closures and Alerts
Google Search “wmnf trail closures:
 
WMNF Pay Stations
Google Search “wmnf pay stations”
 
 
Respectfully submitted, Albert Lantinen
         
Photos by Chad Chadwick 
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