As this is the last newsletter included in the Sno-Traveler magazine for this season I would like to take a moment and thank all our landowners for allowing us to have a trail over their property. This year we have added new people with the increase of Pemi’s old trails and we welcome them aboard and look forward to many more years.
Our Volunteers have gone above and beyond to get us ready for this season, though we had a few stumbling blocks. But we are more determined than ever to resolve the problems and make the trails better than ever in our area.
This year we had all of our club meetings at Gilly’s restaurant in Bristol, I would like to thank Jill for allowing us to use the restaurant after hours.
Bob has been doing a great job at keeping everyone in the loop on Facebook and the web site, thanks again for all you do.
We will be doing projects this summer, we have a lot of work to do to open the trails that were closed due to landowner problems or weather related issues, and a couple of bridges which need to be rebuilt. We will be sending out work notices and looking for help to get these things done.
The Tucker Sno-Cat had some damage done to it this winter and we will need to fix it in the spring to get it ready for next season. Anyone interested in that can get ahold of Dennis.
We would like to thank Hardy Country Snowmobile Club for helping our guys get the needed equipment into the woods to fix our Tucker and assist fixing it on site. Another great thing about this sport is neighbor helping neighbor.
We hope that all of you were able to get and ride and enjoy this great sport of ours.
Happy New Year!
This season has been a trying one at best we have had early snow (good) Lots of rain (Bad) now more snow (good and Bad).
We’ve been working on the trails all season and continue to do so as weather permits, with the recent rain we’ve had to close our trail system until it can be evaluated and secured. I would urge all that are trying to ride please use caution with this new snow fall as it will hide any imperfections in the trail left from the rain and will hide any water, frozen or still running.
Route 11 north form Bristol to Alexandria is closed due to landowner issues and trail problems. The club is working hard to resolve both. There is a huge wash out under power lines on Route 11 south. Our intention is to fill it with hay bales and groom over it to make a bridge for use this winter. In the spring we will be fixing it and resetting the culvert that has moved.
As most of you know we’ve taken over a significant portion of the Pemi trail system but this is not without problems.
We’ve been updating our web site and Facebook page and these are great places to get information. Our web address is AlexandriaLedgeClimbers.org and for Facebook you can find us by searching for Alexandria Ledge Climbers.
We are trying to give all of you a fun and safe place to ride and enjoy the sport, please help us by obeying the trail signs and use caution out there due to current weather events.
January 20th turkey dinner at the Weare Fire station
January 27th Spaghetti Dinner at the Andover Elementary School
February 2-4th Easter Seal Ride In- in Gorham
The past month has been a challenge for the club. As some of you are aware we had a flood come thought which damaged some of our trails and brides. The bridge behind the house on Corridor 11 had the footings eroded due to high fast running water. Luckily it was cabled to trees and this is what saved it from going down stream. Last weekend the guys lifted the bridge and restored the footings quick fix for this year. We will have to put in longer I beams. The culverts on 151 were plugged with gravel and have been temporarily unplugged we will have to fix this better in the spring. We still have two bridges that need work, however one is in an area that we need to wait till it freezes. This was also damage done by the storm.
We've had different work crews out all over this season, cutting 2 new reroutes, building bridges, staking fields, clearing brush, and putting up signs. All trying to make sure everyone will have a fun and safe winter.
We are still looking for help on Sundays to do trail work. Meet at the Ford’s house at 9am, look on Facebook and our web site for more information.
Most of you by now have heard that Pemi Club had disbanded. Our Club along with Hardy and Andover will be picking up the trails this season. Lakes Region may also be picking up some trails next year. With that there are going to be some trail changes for this season:
As for Alexandria Ledge Climbers grooming the former Pemi trails we will be doing a portion of those trails this year with their old groomer. Andover will be gromming the power line trail to Berry Rd, and Hardy will be grooming the Goose Pond trail down to Wellington. A lot of the former Pemi trails are in desperate need of upgrades, bridges need work and all of this takes time, manpower and money and I know you all will be up for the challenge, and as always we're looking for helpers.
Club meetings are being held at Gilly’s Restaurant in Bristol and schedule is on the web site, we look forward in seeing you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Hello all another month closer to whit white stuff can’t wait.
Trail work has been moving along a fast pace the club stripped and re decked the bridge on Braley hill road last week end. Thanks go out to Peter and Lance for use of the excavator that made quick work of the old decking. We should also thank Dennis, Bob, Nigel, Zack and John for all their hard work putting it all back together. Brush was cut and signs put up this part of the trail is ready! We still have other trail work to do so keep looking on the web site and or Facebook for updates.
We have had a meeting with BOT about the Pemi trails and will be having another to finalize everything. It’s looking like we might have some trail work to do on the new section of trail that we are acquiring more info on that soon.
The club has been selling the NHSA Super Raffle Tickets if anyone is interested they can be purchased for $20 at Gilly’s there is only a couple left so don’t hesitate.
For the last couple of years I have been trying to do an on trail Cookout fund raiser only to have no snow or too much on the weekend that had been chosen if anyone is interested in helping with this let me know 603-744-5497.
November’s club meeting is on the 2nd at 7pm at Gilly’s.
Trail Master meeting is coming up on November 18th anyone interested in going let me know.
You can find us on Facebook or at AlexandriaLedgeCLimbers.org
Dear Ledge Climbers,
It’s that time again. Time it think about joining the club getting your sled out of mothballs and doing some grass dragging. Sounds hard to think about it when you’re out on the lake enjoying the dog days of summer? Most of you know that I snowmobile 365 so for me it’s just another day waiting for snow 10 Thursdays from now.
The club has a few irons in the fire that you need to know about.
First, one of our neighboring clubs Pemi Valley snowmobile club has dissolved. This was unfortunately due to lack of participation with their membership. Alexandria Ledge Climbers club, along with the other surrounding clubs, will be taking over most of their trail system. This will be putting added work on our club to keep everything maintained and operating. The Bureau of Trails has decided to transfer the Groomer that Pemi had over to our club due to the fact that our machine would not be able to groom there trails. However, with that comes the need for added man power and funds. Anyone interested in helping in any way please call.
Second, we have 2 big bridge projects coming up and will be looking for help. The dates and times will be posted on the web site Alexandrialedgeclimbers.org.
We will also be reviewing our new trails to see what will need to be done.
WE ALSO HAVE HAD SOME DAMAGE TO OUR TRAIL SYSTEM DUE TO 4X4 VEHICLES
Luckily our land owner is still willing to work with us to fix the problem if any of you see anything or here about anyone doing this please call me @ 603-744-5497
As a reminder to everyone, Alexandria Ledge Climber trails are for snowmobiles only and they are all posted. If we keep having problems we risk the loss of the trail and consequently the whole system.
This year we will be holding all of our club meetings at GILLY’S Restaurant 322 Lake Street in Bristol. See the events page for times and dates.
The NHSA on-line membership program will be ending August 13, 2017. For more information about this visit the NHSA website. So what to do? Fill out our membership form and I will mail or email you the voucher just like we have been doing in the past. Visit our Membership page for more information.
We would like to thank all of you for taking the time and joining and supporting the Alexandria Ledge Climbers without you we would not be able to do what we do. Your membership and donations make it all happen.
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