Cross Country Ski: Friday, December 6th

The skiing has been great and temperatures are supposed to stay below freezing which should make for another great ski on Friday. Bring a lunch if you’d like to make a longer day of it! We can stop for a break back at the parking lot, then head out for another loop to make the most of the conditions.
Date: Friday, December 6th
Start Time: 10:00
Meeting Location: parking lot at Beagle Club
Ski Leader: Maria Siemiaszko

Thursday Night Hike – December 5th

We will meet in the parking lot at the Port Hope Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. and then do a semi-urban hike of 5 to 8 kms. Afterward we sometimes pop into a local establishment for a beverage and wings. It’s always a good idea to wear a light or two on these evening hikes, but for the month of December let’s “festive it up” and wear battery operated Christmas lights (optional of course and only if you have them). We usually get a few reactions from passers by and it makes us super visible.

These hikes are free to non-members. We just need a signed off-season waiver (see right side of NHCC homepage).

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Start Location: Port Hope Town Hall parking lot
Hike Leader: Deb Parks

Please leave a comment if you are able to join us. Thank you!

NHCC Speaker Series 2019 Presents: David Trattles (Wednesday Dec. 11th 6:30pm)

For anyone who was fortunate enough to attend David’s presentation last year, I’m sure you would likely not want to miss this years encore presentation. David is a story teller, and brings a cycling twist to many of his stories.

The Joy of Human Relation — Travel by Bicycle

David Trattles will be your host for a session on travel­ and photography, and in making community as you travel by bicycle.

Dave knows cycling and slow photography stories: for 25 years he has been traveling by bicycle through 100 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (National Archives of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). This presentation will be about why you should travel by bicycle and what happens when you do – shared largely through stories that will have you out there in the world, living a specific time and experience.

Along the way, Dave reveals the joy of human relations. By learning who the people are and how they live their lives, he will share stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Spain, marathoners of Calcutta, remote lives of Canadians, the Powwow of Kitigan Zibi, Kefir Makers of Tajikistan..).

This evening, Dave Trattles will inspire you to get in touch with your own life force — to go out into the world on your bicycle and express your own individuality, your own richness — and to engage deeply in the lives and experiences of others.

Date: Wednesday December 11, 6:30pm
Cost: $5 (at the door)
RSVP Reserved seating only: Please send email to nhcycling2010@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.
Location: The Old Camborne Schoolhouse (3441 Albert’s Alley)

Thursday Night Hike December 12th

We will meet in the parking lot at the Port Hope Town Hall at 6:00 and then do a semi-urban hike of 8 to 10 kms. Afterwards we sometimes pop into a local establishment for a beverage and wings.

This week we will be hiking up to Choate Road to check out the Christmas display. Feel free to wear lights, etc.

These hikes are free to non-members. We just need a signed off-season waiver (see right side of NHCC homepage).

Start Time: 6:00
Start Location: Port Hope Town Hall parking lot
Hike Leader: Jim Berg

To let us know you are coming, please leave a comment.

Cross Country Ski: Sunday, December 8th

The skiing has been fantastic so let’s get out again on Sunday!
We’ll offer an easier ski option as well for those who may prefer that. Think of it as a Level 1 or 2 ski!
Dress in layers (you will warm up!), bring a drink, and a snack is always a good idea in case you need a little more energy.
Date: Sunday, December 8th
Start Time: 10:00
Meeting Location: parking lot at Beagle Club
Ski Organizer: Maria Siemiaszko

Morning Hike: Tuesday, December 3rd

Meet at The Mill parking lot from which the group will head to the residential areas north of the 401. A social at the Dutch Oven will follow.
Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Start Time: 9:30
Meeting Location: parking lot at The Mill
Hike Leader: Roy Martin
Distance: approx. 7km

Sunday??? and Beagle Club Info

It looks like we are expecting some snow this weekend, but whether that translates into enough snow to get the cross country skis back out is hard to know. As Sunday approaches, if you want to get out for a hike or skiing at 10:00, please leave a comment and we’ll see what comes together. If there is skiing, the meeting spot is the Beagle Club parking lot. If there is hiking, Beagle Club trails are closed to all but cross country skiers as of December 1st each year whether there is snow or not, so the meeting location will be the Woodland parking lot.

Beagle Club info: the company contracted to do the logging in Northumberland Forest will be finishing what they started last year in another area of the forest. Therefore, the closure of the Beagle Club trails has been postponed again. The closure will likely be in at least 2 to 3 weeks, and possibly not until January. Once logging operations commence, they will last around 3 months. When Beagle Club is closed, the County will announce it on all social media such as their website and Facebook. It will also be very obvious once you head to the parking lot. Access to the trails will then be limited to Saturday and Sunday each week, and anyone caught in the closed area during the week will be fined.

Northumberland County is looking for volunteers to be trail watchers. Following mandatory training, these volunteers will be asked to regularly check their assigned section of the trails in Northumberland Forest and report any issues that need to be addressed. This will allow the County to quickly respond to any concerns and raise the standard of the trail system. For more info or to apply to be a trail watcher, please contact Todd Farrell at: farrellt@northumberlandcounty.ca, or Mike Muldoon at: muldoonm@northumberlandcounty.ca

Date: Sunday, December 1st

Start Time: 10:00

Meeting Location: Beagle Club parking lot for cross country skiing, Woodland parking lot for hiking

Leader(s): route to be decided upon by those who show up

Thursday Night Hike – November 28th

We will meet in the parking lot at the Port Hope Town Hall at 6:00 and then do a semi-urban hike of 5 to 8 kms then afterward we sometimes pop into a local establishment for a beverage and wings.

These hikes are free to non-members. We just need a signed off-season waiver (see right side of NHCC homepage).

Please let me know if anyone can lead next week’s hike because I will not be able to lead next week (December 5th).

Time: 6:00
Start Location: Port Hope Town Hall parking lot
Hike Leader: Jim Berg

To let us know you are coming, please leave a comment.

Tuesday Morning Hike (Nov 26)

This Tuesday we are starting at the Hamilton Township Municipal Offices and take a 7.5km route along some unmaintained roads as well as some familiar ones. Wear good sturdy footwear, the first couple of kilometres will require them, and there are some hills too! After the hike we can have hot chocolate or coffee at Anita & Randys house for those who’d like to stick around.

Date: Tuesday November 26
Start time: 9:30am
Hike leader: Anita
Distance: 7.5km
Start location: Hamilton Township Municipal Office parking lot at Majestic Hills Road