Snowmobile trail tenders: Weare club is dedicated to its task
Wayne Hood, president of the Weare Winter Wanderers snowmobile club, checks for traffic on Route 114 before crossing. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
"We depend a lot on private landowners to let us ride on their land," said Hood. "But they don't like to have people out just buzzing around. A certain few make it bad for the whole."
Over steep inclines, around sharp bends, and through smooth straightaways Hood guides the machine, stopping here and there to clear large branches and rocks from the trail, and to render a verdict on how well he did grooming the day before. Hood and several of the club's members go out on the trails regularly. Using one of the club's three tractors with drags pulled behind them, they cut up the snow, tumble it around a bit, and place it back on the ground.
"Looks like it got hit by a groomer," Hood said. "We'll have to fix that."
On Saturday, members of the Winter Wanderers and other local clubs gathered to honor Clifford Russell, a man who helped make possible snowmobile trailblazing in southern New Hampshire. A monument to him will be put on the trail this spring.
Russell, who passed away last February, also blazed trails that helped connect the trail systems across the area, and was working with a club in Hillsborough to extend the trails toward Deering and Weare when he died.
For more information visit www.wearewinterwandererssc.org.
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