Ashland Hiking Home

AHG Leaders

Monday Hikes

Wednesday Hikes

2nd & 4th Friday Hikes

Friday Flower Walks

John Kerr
John Kerr
johnkerr22@gmail.com

Coordinator

Keeley
Keeley Kirkendal
keeley256@gmail.com

Hike Leader

Elisabeth Zinzer
Elisabeth Zinser
elisabethz@charter.net
Co-Leader

Liz
Liz Landreth
lizkl@sbcglobal.net

Flower Floozie

Rich Stickle
Rich Stickle
stickrichl@gmail.com

Hike Leader

Francie Skinner
Francie Skinner
francieskinner@gmail.com

Vice / Hike Leader &
Director of Communications

Judy Holy
Judy Holy
judy32954@yahoo.com
Co-Leader

Rich Stickle
Rich Stickle
stickrichl@gmail.com

Support


Bob Palermini
Bob Palermini

bpalermini60-ahg@yahoo.com

Hike Photographer

 

Hank Morgan
Hank Morgan
HVMORGAN@aol.com

Chairman, Compensation
Committee

 

 


 

Liz
Liz Landreth
lizkl@sbcglobal.net

Social Chairman

   

About Us

The AHG is a group of friends that hike and snowshoe together regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our hikes are usually within a two hour drive of Ashland and vary in difficulty. If you would like to join one of our hikes please contact John (541-630-0026) for a Monday hike, Keeley (541-646-8797) for a Wednesday hike, Elisabeth (541-646-6109) or Judy (541-324-1056) for a 2nd and 4th Friday hike or Liz (707-332-2699) for a Friday wildflower walk.

The Monday hikes tend to be slightly easier than the Wednesday hikes and the Friday hikes are the easiest. The trails are often the same (usually on different weeks for those wanting to do a combo that week), but the distance, pace and/or elevation change will vary. Friday Hikes have 3 features (expectations): Moderate pace, Mutual support by staying together, and Peaceful trail conversation limited to observations and information about our surroundings.

For any of these groups you need to be in reasonably good shape. You should be able to hike the White Rabbit Trail here in Ashland in 45 minutes or less if you plan to hike with the Monday group, 35 minutes less for the Wednesday group and 60 minutes or less for the Friday hikes.

The springtime wildflower walks focus on botany, geology and ecology. On these walks there is plenty of time for stopping and discussion as well as for taking photographs. Unless otherwise noted, wildflower walks are up to 2 1/2 hours in length. There are no specific walk distance targets because the walk lengths depend on the number of species encountered. If you would like to join one of the wildflower walks please contact Liz (707-332-2699).

Please read the Participant Waiver information on our home page and be prepared to sign a waiver provided by the hike leader prior to hiking with us.

EQUIPMENT SUGGESTIONS

You should be ready for any kind of weather that you might encounter on the hike. Mountain conditions can change very quickly. You should carry something rain proof and if the forecast is for rain you need some waterproof pants. If there is weather in the 40's at any time you might want to have a light and warm jacket in your pack. Down works well because it is light and warm. Also gloves and a warm hat. Frequent clothing changes are to be expected so layer.

Tip: At the Dollar stores they often sell a small poncho in a pack for, your guessed it, a dollar. They weigh nothing and take no room so I leave one permanently in my pack. That way I can never forget to pack something waterproof and windproof. I also have Dollar Store fleece gloves and a hat which weigh next to nothing.

First Aid

Please take the time to buy a) a roll of self-adhesive bandage tape, b) a small tube of disinfectant and c) a few band-aids to carry in your pack at all times. Eventually you or someone you are hiking with will need some first aid. I was able to patch up someone with a nasty cut this summer. Advil may also be a good idea.

Poles

You either like using poles or you don't. They can help with ascents and descents. They can help with balance. On the other side they can interfere with your normal stride or get in the way when you want to grab something. My preference is to carry poles or a pole when a) the trail is loose, b) I want to cushion a descent, c) there are water crossings, or d) I have no idea what to expect. Lately I have been using one pole as it gives one that feeling of Moses leading the tribe. By all means try using poles and in any case you need them for snowshoeing. I prefer ones with clamps for extensions and the lighter the better. I use carbon fiber poles with cork handles. I leave the winter baskets on my poles as it prevents them going deep into some crevice when crossing rocks.

Snowshoes

You can rent some to try out the concept. You can get larger ones where you won't sink as much in loose snow, shorter ones that are easier to handle, or shorter ones with extensions. Do not get the very short ones which have you up to your hips in loose snow. My preference is for models that are easier to put on and take off in bad weather. They work with a ratchet that immediately tightens or loosens a strap. I also prefer a model with teeth under the sides so you don't slip sideways, backwards or forwards. I use MSR which I bought on Amazon.

Boots

You need good boots to protect your feet and give you support. Running shoes do not work on sharp rocks and give little ankle support. There are numerous brands but all include low and higher models and waterproof or non-water proof. Higher models give more support but are heavier. Waterproof boots are good this time of year but hot and sweaty, even if Goretex,  in the summer. I have several models that I use according to conditions, but usually I will wear a low waterproof in winter. Higher boots keep your feet from bunching forward on a sharp descent but again are heavier on the way up.

Merrill Moabs are probably the most popular model but you may prefer something else. Dicks (Field and Stream) has a large assortment with all sizes available. Mountain stores can give advice but stock tends to be limited.

Tip: If you are hard to fit because of a high arch or a bunion, the problem is that the widest part of your foot is further down than normal. I took advice and started buying longer wide boots so that the widest part of my foot coincided with the widest part of the boot. Took me from a 10 to 11.5. Hiking boots have good ankle support and I wear heavy socks so it works perfectly. I asked an old doctor whether I should have foot surgery and he replied that there would be a 25% chance of pain the rest of my life, or I could just buy bigger shoes. I also wear a light inner sock to prevent chafing. You can get the best socks at REI. Beware of synthetic socks that slip or bunch up. They look good but are useless.

Packs

Like many of our Wednesday hikers I have an Osprey pack. You want a very light pack with one big storage pocket, not multiple compartments. You never know what you need to put in and it holds a lot. The weight is spread between your shoulders and your hips and you have adjustable straps across your waist and chest. It is very durable.

Phones

Put your cell phone on airplane mode so it won't look for stations that are not here and run down you battery.

Gaiters

Gaiters can keep the mud and snow off of you and low gaiters are good for dust in the summer. High gaiters add some warmth which could be good or bad.