Guide To Outdoor Recreation
On he Go
VOL 1 ISSUE 1
SNOWMOBILING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE pg. 3
On The Go.... The WRONG WAY pg. 5
On The Go!
Matthew R. - Age 8
Kids On he Go
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Snowmobiling In NH Snowmobiling in New Hampshire is one of the most exciting activities that you can do. The scenery and wildlife is beautiful, and the miles of groomed trails are amazing. Every part of this state has snowmobile trails and I venture to guess that most people have only ridden a small part. I have been snowmobiling in this state my entire life, and have made an effort to ride as many different trails and areas as possible. Sure, not all of them (trails) are great, but the excitement of something new out-weighs the negative aspect of a few rough trails. About four years ago, a group of friends and avid snowmobilers decided that we would stop driving our trucks and trailers up north, and instead, ride our snowmobiles for a weekend trip from our house. We decided that we would start from the southern most corridor trail point, and end at the northern most point. This turned out to be a great decision. After talking it over (and many hours of reviewing maps), our first trip was planned out to follow Corridor 5 from Keene, to the Canadian border entry in Pittsburg. This is the most direct route to follow, and is also the best marked route. We decided this would be a one day ride up, and a one day ride back, only staying one night up north. We booked a room at the Colebrook Country Club, which meant we would have to back-track slightly, once we reached our destination. We set out with nothing more than a change of clothes, some water, and oil for the sleds. This turned out to be an amazing trip. We crossed many lakes, roads, and some of the best trails ever (and they were not all up north)! The southern and central portions of the state have great riding and sometimes, better than the northern parts. However, this trip took about thirteen hours to reach the hotel and was very tiring. It was worth every minute though. We have since made this trip an annual event and have taken a few different people along with us as well, exploring different routes. Trail Corridor 5 is still the fastest route to take, but there are many club trails along the way that have some wonderful riding. Last year, we lost one sled due to mechanical-breakdown in Littleton, and received two costly speeding citations from the NH Fish and Game, but it just added to the adventure and excitement of the journey (I do not recommend speeding on trails however). This is a 650 mile round trip run, so make sure your sled is mechanically sound, and beware of someone on the other side of the trail with a radar gun! Once you reach your destination, it would be a good idea to get plenty of rest for the ride back; staying at the bar until midnight makes for a long ride home (trust me on this one). Bring a tow strap, and have a contact ready at home that can meet you with a spare sled on a trailer, so you can continue your trip, should breakdowns occur (and they will). Last, but not least, bring a camera. But let me warn you: to make great time on this trip, keep your sight-seeing short, and your rest stops short. Everytime we do this, it gets better and better, and we make great memories and meet great people along the way. Enjoy the riding and be safe.
Did You Know...... The first ski club in the country, the Nansen Ski Club, was formed in 1882 in Berlin, New Hampshire.
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WET WOOD! So here it is, the morning I’ve been waiting for. I get up, stumble around in the dark, my head’s fuzzy from a long night of poker. I’m off to catch that big walleye I’ve been after for years. Auger.....check. Traps.....check. Bait bucket (with bait).....check. Cold ones.....yup. I’m on the go! So I get to the river before light and take a step onto the ice (which is like a f#*@&!+ ice rink, by the way) and there I go. In less than a second, I went from verticle to horizontal, managed to pull off a beautifully executed reverse one and a half , and folded myself into the pike position, just before my reverse belly-flop landing. While laying flat on my back and soaking in the cheers from the crowd, I observed my minnows were not to be outdone. Already skilled in underwater arts, they combined maneuvers from platform diving AND synchronized swimming (in all fairness to me, they started a few feet higher in the air)! Unfortunately, they flubbed the landing; the “no splash” they were trying to go for was far from it. I was soaked........to the bone. Determined (and pissed), I scrape up my baits and shuffle my way to the shanty, and immediately start working on a fire. I have no extra clothes and I need heat! I start filling the stove with whatever is laying around: plastic bottles, trash, anything that’s not nailed down or structurally integral to the shanty. I light it and it starts to smell worse than a rotten fruit-filled dumpster floating in a sewage plant on a 100 degree day! About five minutes go by and there’s a knock at the door. I open it and of course, it’s Fish and Game! The officer asks, “What ya burnin’?”. I know I’m in the wrong on this one and there’s no getting around it. There’s three diffrent colors of smoke coming out of the stove pipe. I take a deep breath, look him in the eye and tell him.......”Wet Wood?”. He stood there and gave me this look that screamed “C’mon man......”. He asks me for my license and asks why I’m soaked. I just tell him it’s been a rough morning. He hands me back my license, glances at the stove pipe, shakes his head and walks away. I’m not sure who the officer was, but I thank you for leaving me to my misery. No walleye caught - I’ll get ‘em next time. -J.M. Didn’t find this article interesting? Turn to the next page for a tip!
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Check Your Sled, Or Leave It Home A Snowmoblie (pre-snow) Maintenance 12-Pack There are many components of the modern snowmobile that, should they fail, could leave you on the side of the trail, waiting for a cranky spouse to come pick you up (or at the very least, kill precious riding-time, pissing off your friends). Many of these failures can be easily prevented by simple, routine maintenance. The following procedures can be performed by most anyone with any type of mechanical aptitude, while putting down a cold, frosty beverage. 1. Check the engine coolant for proper level and proper temperature. Most snowmobile owners have never checked the temperature reading of their coolant. The tool for checking this can be purchased for little money at any auto parts store. If the antifreeze is incorrect, the block can freeze and crack, leading to very expensive engine repairs. 2. Adjust the track tension and alignment. This is very simple and quick. The track alignment and tension not only keeps components from premature wear, but also saves on fuel and helps on horsepower. 3. Replace chain case oil and adjust chain tension. One of the most common sled breakdowns is chain failure. Replacing the oil is very easy, and requires nothing more than common household tools. Most chain cases even have a dip-stick to check levels. Even if your sled doesn’t get much use, the chain case gets moisture in it, and that can cause failure. 4. Check the drive belt and carry a spare. Learn how to replace your belt. It’s not difficult, and could save you lots of aggrevation on the trail. Belts fail, and if you don’t know how to replace it, you’ll be stranded (this is where “pissing off friends” comes in). continued on page 8
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A Snowmoblie (pre-snow) Maintenance 12-Pack 5. Check the air box for any signs of mice or rodents. It only takes a day for a mouse to climb in an air box, and if your sled is started this way, it’ll destroy your engine. 6. Replace your spark plugs and carry spares. This is simple to do, and will keep your sled running the way you want. 7. Check all your lights. It’s hard to drive at night with no headlight. Also, carry a spare bulb. 8. Check the brake fluid for moisture. Brake fluid is hydroscopic and will mix with moisture, and lead to brake fade. This condition can cause your sled to have no brakes at all. If you are into entertaining your friends, you can skip this part. You, however, may not find it as entertaining as they will. 9. Grease all your suspension and steering components. This can be done with a regular, everyday grease gun. However, a special synthetic, low temp. grease should be used. 10. Check all bogie wheels and bearings for proper operation. 11. Check your trailer wheel bearings and tires. If your trailer doesn’t make it, it really doesn’t matter how great your sled is. 12. Make sure you are putting fuel preservatives in your fuel tank. So there is your Maintenance 12-Pack. If you ended up putting a cold, frosty one down during each step, you may want to check eveything over again in the morning. If all of these items are checked, you give yourself a much better chance of having a good snowmobile trip. I have been on many trips with people that are either too lazy, or just don’t know what they should do to their sleds prior to the ride. This really sucks for everyone because I sure don’t want to take time out of my day to tow someone’s sled, or help them fix something they were too stupid to check. All these checks are easy, and if you can’t do it for everyone’s sake, take it to a dealer and have them do it. Check these things at least two weeks before your ride; NOT THE NIGHT BEFORE! I have left people in the woods for not checking obvious things. Check your sled, or leave it home. -E.R.