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Mt. Washington Guided Alpine Garden Tour

Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4 PM is your opportunity to take a tour of Mt. Washington’s beautiful and world famous Alpine Garden! See the rare plants of the Northeast’s highest peak, learn about the alpine zone’s ecology, and the history of the mountain during this full day tour with Redline Naturalist Guide Liz Wyman.

The tour begins with a drive up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road in a comfortable 12-passenger van. Following the drive, participants will embark on a 2-mile hike loop above the treeline through the alpine garden to the Mt. Washington summit.

There will be stops along the way to learn about the natural and cultural history of Mt. Washington, to identify alpine plants, and to explore summit buildings. Hikers will explore the Tip Top House, the Mt. Washington Observatory, the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, and the Extreme Mt. Washington Museum on this excursion.

Hikers may purchase lunch in the summit cafeteria or pack their own picnic lunch for the day. After relaxing at the summit and learning about Mt. Washington’s history, participants will descent the auto road by the comfortable 12-passenger van.

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While interested individuals are welcome to register, please keep in mind that this tour involves a moderately strenuous hike on steep, rocky terrain above treeline with unpredictable weather. Even though it is spring (and almost summer!) here in the Mt. Washington Valley, winter-like conditions and high winds are possible on Mt. Washington during every month of the year. The tour will happen rain or shine.

For these reasons, Redline Guiding asks that hikers come prepared. Please dress appropriately: warm, approved layers (no cotton), rain gear, well-treaded shoes or boots, hat, and gloves. Rental gear is available. It is also highly recommended that participants bring snacks and plenty of water for the hike.

Preregistration for this tour is required. The cost per person for this tour is $149, which includes round-trip transportation (a $62 value). To book this tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/book-now/ and select “Nature Tour (Full Day)” from the menu on the booking page and choose June 10th for the tour date. 

For more information about the tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/2017/05/guided-tour-of-the-alpine-garden/.

“Alton Weagle Day” at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

On Saturday, May 27th, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will celebrate the adventurous and fun spirit of Alton Weagle, a Massachusetts man who has trekked up the Auto Road in many interesting ways.

AR-Alton-Weagle-MS-160528-7The event commemorates his many adventures, from running up the mountain barefoot, blindfolded, and backwards to pushing a 100-pound bag of sugar up the mountain in a wheelbarrow.

The auto road is open from 9:00am-4pm to regularly-allowed vehicles pending weather conditions, and their base lodge and guided tours will begin Memorial Day weekend. Weather conditions for the road can change quickly. To receive an updated status of their traveling conditions, contact the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. For more information, visit their website at http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.

The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!

Great Glen Trails Opens for Season with Weekly Running / Walking Series 

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series beginning Thursday afternoon, May 12. The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, a weekly trail race series for all abilities and ages, will take place each Thursday for eight weeks. Racers can run or walk the long, short or mini courses at their leisure anytime between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm.  Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 28 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series is an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 12 through June 30, 2016. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1.6k), Short (3.3k) or Long (5.4k) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.

For more information about the Salomon Trail Running Series, current trail conditions or Great Glen Outfitters, call 603.466.2333 or visit www.greatglentrails.com.

38th Annual Autumn Muster In The Mountains Returns to the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road

 

Public invited (free of charge) to experience reenactment of one of New Hampshire’s most dramatic and colorful time periods (1750-1850).

38th Annual Autumn Muster In The Mountains Returns to the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Autumn “Muster in the Mountains” which takes place annually at the Mt. Washington Auto Road portrays one of New Hampshire’s most dramatic and colorful time periods (1750-1850). The sights, sounds and smell of time travel, including open cook fires and musket and cannon fire, will come to life on September 11-13, as more than 100 historical reenactors set up their camps at the base area of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch.
This colonial encampment will recreate the historic gatherings where early settlers traded goods and services, often traveling great distances for the annual rendezvous. Groups representing Northeastern Indians, frontiersmen, militiamen, British soldiers, French Marines and mountain men will set up period tentage, tipis and wigwams.
Artisans will offer handcrafted items ranging from leather goods and clothing to period beadwork, knives, guns and rare books. Planned activities include musket and cannon firing; tomahawk and knife throwing competitions; weaving; woodcarving; gunsmithing; coppersmithing; blacksmithing; period music; candle dipping; basketmaking; quillwork; period cooking; woodcraft; archery; 18th century games and more.
Saturday will be competition day, with cannon fire, a shooting range and woods walk. The encampment area will be open to the public (free of charge) Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Great Glen Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open for normal operations.
For more information on the upcoming Muster in the Mountains call the Mt. Washington Auto Road at 603-466-3988 or visit online at: www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com
First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com
or call (603) 446-3988.
MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD
1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Route 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH 03581
(603) 466-3988 * MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com

 

 

MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD CELEBRATES 40TH YEAR OF “ALT ENERGY SUMMIT” ON JULY 25TH, 2015

 

 

Entropy Racing’s EVSR electric race team returns to Mt. Washington after Pikes Peak podium, Hormel’s bacon-grease biodiesel “Bacon Bike” to be featured, World Record holders to speak.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be celebrating the 40th year of the ALT Energy Summit, on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. Free to the public, the ALT Energy Summit is one of the largest gatherings of renewable energy transportation in New England, featuring major manufacturers, electric vehicle enthusiasts, industry suppliers and individual “makers” and inventors as the Auto Road continues as a proving ground and playground for new and evolving technologies.

The list of builders, manufacturers and organizations attending this year’s event may be the most impressive to date with vehicles such as the first-ever, bacon-fueled bio-diesel motorcycle. The Hormel “Driven By Bacon” motorcycle, built to tour the US and promote the launch of it’s new “Black Line” bacon in the Driven by Bacon US tour, is sure to attract a crowd. The bacon bio-diesel bike is reportedly nearly carbon-neutral, meaning it contributes almost zero emissions to the environment. Bike and driver are reportedly planning to summit Mount Washington during their New England tour.

Entropy Racing, a veteran of the Mt Washington Climb to the Clouds race with Tim O’Neill at the wheel, will return for a fascinating account of their experience at Pikes Peak – including their crash and loss of one of three cars in practice. Entropy builds and races the revolutionary Electric Vehicle Sports Racer (EVSR), which has set new standards for affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly racing.

To help celebrate the Summit’s 40 year history, the team has offered a special treat: Entropy will allow people to drive a fully race-prepped electric race car to the summit of Mount Washington (for a fee, and speed-limited to comply with Auto Road regulations) or around the grounds at the base of the Auto Road.  See the Entropy Racing team at day of the event for further details.

Jeff Disinger, Electrafunk Racing’s Electracutioner – Land Speed Record holder and veteran of the electric drag racing scene, will also be present with the bike that set the record, and make a bid for the summit.  Don’t miss this chance to see a world-class electric performance machine in person.

Visitors can watch the parade of vehicles in the Auto Road’s main field, follow them to the summit as they make their bid, or stroll the field and chat with owners and builders once they return.  Presentations at 1:00PM and 2:30PM are free and open to all.

“We’re delighted to celebrate forty years of innovation and experimentation in renewable transportation”, remarked Howie Wemyss, GM of the Mt Washington Auto Road. “The event started in the years of the Energy Crisis of the mid ’70s, and what was then considered “alternative” and slightly off-beat, is now mainstream, as can be seen by the Plug-In Electric, Hybrid, and Biodiesel vehicles that come to our event every year. The Mt. Washington Auto Road has seen the evolution of transportation play out on its eight-mile path to the summit. Today, that evolution leads to a future that is 100% renewable.”

Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:00AM with breakfast at the Great Glen base lodge leading up to the Regatta parade preparation, exhibitor and participant setup at 9:00AM. At 10:00AM the pedal-powered vehicles will begin the parade to the summit followed all other vehicles by 11:00AM. By 1:00PM all participants will return back down to the base area from the summit attempt for exhibition, demonstrations and reports from their summit trip.

Saturday at 1:00PM, the “Three Amigos of Electric Motorcycles”, Terry Hershner, Ben Rich and Stéphane Melançon, world record holders and legends in the electric motorcycle community, will give a talk on their tech innovations, work with streamlining, charging and legendary feats of endurance and distance. Also, Troy Rank, Guinness World Record holding e-bike distance rider will be showing off his latest creation, the Maxwell Motorbikes EV0, and regaling the crowd with stories of his world record-setting exploits.

Saturday afternoon at 2:30PM, EVSR’s Charlie Greenhaus and the Entropy Racing team return to the scene of their first world-class hillclimb victory to talk about their recent conquest of Pikes Peak – crashes, hail, sleet and cheers as they placed 3rd and 4th in their class.

Presenting Sponsor, NH Electric Co-op, represented by Gary LeMay, will be on hand to answer NH renewable and sustainable energy questions and show off their plug-in electric Line Truck.

For more information, or to register your own vehicle or exhibit for the “Mt. Washington Auto Road ALT Energy Summit” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, visit http://www.altenergysummit.org, email Event Director Ted Dillard at ted@altenergysummit.com, or call at (978) 621-5178.

Links:

Mt Washington Alt Energy Summit: http://www.altenergysummit.org

New Hampshire Electric Co-op: http://www.nhec.com

Mt Washington Auto Road (main site): http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

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of the Alt Energy Summit.

 

 
 
The 40th anniversary of the Alt Energy Summit, held at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, hopes to drawn in more unique vehicles and spectators than ever before.
“Dan Houde/Mt. Washington Auto Road photo library”

 

The Hormel “Driven By Bacon” motorcycle, a custom motorcycle that runs on 100 percent refined bacon grease, built to tour the US and promote the launch of it’s new “Black Line” bacon in the Driven by Bacon US tour, will be present at this years Alt Energy Summit.. Courtesy photo

 

EVSR’s Charlie Greenhaus briefs Mt Washington Auto Road’s GM Howie Wemyss on the fine points of driving an electric race car. “Dan Houde/Mt. Washington Auto Road photo library”

 

MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD
1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Route 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH 03581
(603) 466-3988 * MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com

Mt. Washington Auto Road Opens to Treeline for 154th Season

 

   

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will open for its 154th season on Saturday, May 2 at 9:00am for guests to drive their own vehicles to treeline at 4,200 feet. The 4.5 mile drive to treeline provides stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience.

Despite near record snowfall and colder than average temperatures this winter and spring, the Road crew has moved swiftly from the base of the Road to the 6-mile point removing ice and snow drifts of over 20 feet in places. Because of these snow levels, operations to the summit are not yet possible. Updates as well as photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at  www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

The May 2nd opening is the earliest the Auto Road has opened, even to treeline, in 10 years. “Lead by 40-year veteran Road Foreman, John Gardner, along with the rest of a very experienced road crew, we’ve been moving quickly in spite of the snow depths and cold spring weather,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this Mt Washington experience so early in the season.”

As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day, but weather permitting, the Mt. Washington Auto Road hopes to open to the summit before Memorial Day weekend. Guided tours will also be offered at that time.

Early season pricing, in effect until Auto Road opens to the summit, is set at $28 for car and driver while passengers are free. Season passes are available for $150 per person and valid through the 2015 season during regular operating hours and allows access for the vehicle and all occupants.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the first and oldest man-made attraction in America. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open daily during this early season from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com or call 603.446.3988.

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Clearing the Auto Road above treeline
The view from treeline

 

The Auto Road will be open to 4.5 miles to a turnaround point above treeline at 4,200 feet, which currently offers vistas of the snow-covered peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience.
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Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race raises more than $15k for Coos County Family Health Services

More than $15,000 was raised and just donated to Coos County Family Health Services

Pictured in photo:Events Director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kimberly Hoyt, Manager of Community Relations at Northeast Delta Dental, Crystal Carroll and General Manager of the Mt Washington Auto Road Howie Wemyss present a check for $15,000 to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services. These funds were raised during the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
Pictured in photo:Events Director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kimberly Hoyt, Manager of Community Relations at Northeast Delta Dental, Crystal Carroll and General Manager of the Mt Washington Auto Road Howie Wemyss present a check for $15,000 to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services. These funds were raised during the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

(CCFHS) as a result of  the 2013 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, which took place in June on the Mt Washington Auto Road.  More than 1,300 dedicated runners came together to face the immense challenge of running up the northeast’s highest peak on one of the toughest eight mile courses in the racing world. While it was a day marked by genuine athletic achievement, thanks to Northeast Delta Dental and the Auto Road, the benefits will be felt long into the future in the local community.

“These funds mean the world to our organization and will really help expand the scope of dental services to our patients and community.  It is rare to receive funds to cover dental care for adults, so this will make a huge difference,” noted Adele Woods, CEO of CCFHS.

Coos County Family Health Services serves approximately 15,000 area residents annually. By addressing dental care needs in the clinic rather than in a hospital emergency room it helps defray enormous expenses for patients. This community-based organization provides personalized, comprehensive general and oral healthcare and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

Northeast Delta Dental has been the primary sponsor of the Mount Washington Road Race since 2001. Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has donated nearly $50,000 to support the CCFHS school-based oral health education program, fluoride rinse, and preventive dental services. The center’s status as the new beneficiary of the race is a reminder of the Auto Road’s and Northeast Delta Dental’s extensive ties to the region, and to the race’s commitment to the well-being of the larger community.

“This is a wonderful event for the participants and the organization it supports. Our sponsorship of this race and support of Coos County Family Health Services is all a part of Northeast Delta Dental’s commitment to oral health and well being of North Country residents. Like the Mt Washington Auto Road, we pride ourselves in being a part of this community and look forward to our collaborative and beneficial efforts in the future,” said Kathleen B. Walker, director of marketing & communications at Northeast Delta Dental.

For more information and complete results of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race visit http://www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. For more information about the Coos County Family Health Services organization visit http://www.coosfamilyhealth.org.

 

Equipment Sale at Great Glen Trails

Columbus Day Sale!
This Weekend October 12th-14th
Saturday – Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Bikes, Boats and Nordic Gear at Great Glen Trails!

Come enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and get a first look at 2014’s hottest new cross country ski equipment. Get it now, so you’re ready for when the snow falls! Previous years ski equipment 25%- 60% off! Plus outdoor clothing, hats, gloves, hydration packs, Smartwool socks and much more all at 25-60% off!

Nordic Equipment and Clothing

Used Nordic Packages $199 – $299

New Nordic Equipment 10% – 70% off

 

Bikes

Most bikes are just three months old, well cared for and in good condition! Cannondale / Schwinn Comfort Bikes starting at $250, Kids Kona Mountain Bikes starting at $250, Adult Kona Mountain Bikes starting at $375.

Boats & Accessories

Used Touring and White Water Kayaks for sale starting at $275
Spray skirts, paddles, PFD’s, river booties and helmets.

Trails are open until October 20th Paddling Trips are available until
October 14!
Come on up and enjoy the fresh air and scenery!

 

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Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” Event Will Showcase Newly Developed Alternative Energy Based Vehicles and Technologies

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Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” Event Will Showcase Full Spectrum of Both Mainstream and Newly Developed Alternative Energy Based Vehicles and Technologies on September 14-15, 2013 For Demonstrations and Drive Up Northeast’s Highest Peak

 

Given that once experimental alternative energy technologies have now become mainstream, an event with a storied history on the Northeast’s highest peak is returning as the “Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit”  on September 14-15, 2013. In this regard the Auto Road is continuing on its historic path as a proving and playground for new and evolving technologies.

Categories will include EV manufacturers, dealers, retailers, groups and associations, makers, inventors, developers, publications and related media, components/parts and services. Individuals and organizations with vehicles including cars, trucks motorcycles and bicycles or unique one-of-a-kind creations are also invited. An Energy Expo Exhibit area is planned, which will include vehicle manufacturers, related alternative energy businesses and historic vehicles which have ascended Mt. Washington by other than gas powered engines. Exhibits and information regarding other sustainable energy sources will also be featured, including hydro-electric, wind power, solar power and geo-thermal.

Event Director Ted Dillard has both a technical and practical understanding of alternative energy, as he both builds and rides electric motorcycles. “In the midst of the mid-’70s “Energy Crisis”, a small group of inventors and visionaries formed a unique event with the Mt. Washington Auto Road as it’s backdrop and proving ground,” Dillard observed. “As we move into the second decade of the 21st Century, we’re seeing many of those solutions become commonplace – nearly mainstream – in daily life.  This event will celebrate those pioneers, re-affirm the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s century-long commitment to responsible stewardship of public lands, and bring “Alternative Energy” solutions into the forefront of mainstream renewable energy. This event will be a landmark event in New Hampshire!” he added.

What to Expect:

  • Vendors, Dealers, and Manufacturers of Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Plug-In Electric and Alternative Fuel     vehicles showing some of the most remarkable vehicles available today – complete with test rides.
  • Information “roundtable” discussion sessions for homeowners, backyard inventors, public administrators, fleet managers and others on Renewable Energy solutions available today, and funding opportunities and resources.
  • Supplies, components, parts and systems for Renewable Energy systems for homes, businesses and vehicles.
  • Exhibits of unique, creative and innovative solutions for energy and transportation systems offered by inventors, students, “makers”, researchers and enthusiasts.
  • The Alt Energy Drive to the Summit – watch and cheer on our “Alt Energy contestants” as they make history on Mt. Washington.  Everything from home-built electric bikes, cars and motorcycles to the sleekest high-performance plug-in vehicles on the road today will be on hand.  Watch for some truly unusual solutions there as well, including some top-secret “unmanned transportation” research projects currently in development.  Awards and categories for the Summit will reward ingenuity, creativity and dedication.

For more information about the “Alt Energy Weekend” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road call Event Director Ted Dillard (978) 621-5178.

New England Antique Snowmobile Club Reenacts First Snowmobile Ascent of Mt. Washington to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

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A small but dedicated group of antique snowmobile enthusiasts slowly but steadily climbed above treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road last weekend to commemorate the first snowmobile ascent in 1963. In fact, at least one of the machines that went up recently also was part of the original team 50 years ago. All of the snowmobiles that went up this year were early 1960s vintage, including several Polaris “Sno Travelers.”

This is the 11thyear the group has made a commemorative run, only two years of which  they were able to make it fully to the summit due to weather conditions. On the original drive up 50 years ago, Polaris founder Edgar Heteen was part of the group. This year, to honor that achievement, his son Mike and nephew Alex flew in from Minnesota and were supplied with a vintage Polaris to drive. Another participant, Steve Campbell from Maine, went up on a sled that has seen a lot of North Country miles, having originally been owned by the late (and legendary) Fish and Game officer Paul Doherty.

All told, it was a colorful cavalcade of rear engine antique snowmobiles that looked like a page right out of Mt. Washington history. “Being the 50th

anniversary we were happy to be on the mountain at all, even if Mother Nature said no to the summit,” said Roger Emerson, coordinator for the New England Antique Snowmobile Club. “This event was partially sponsored by Absolute Power Sports Vermont and the Mt. Washington Auto Road and it really allows us to trace the tracks of history,” he said.

“It’s quite something to see how often history is made and how often history repeats itself here on the Mt. Washington Auto Road.  It never ceases to amaze me how diverse the activities are and the passion these individuals bring to the process,” observed Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road