About Shirley Elder Lyons & Lib Bates

Lib Bates
Shirley (right) with Donna Johnson after "climbing" Magallaway.
Over the Hill Hikers

Veteran political reporter, Shirley Elder Lyons, working with Elizabeth (Lib) MacGregor Bates, has produced Over the Hill Hikers, a book that chronicles the ups and downs (literally) of a group of retirees in Sandwich, New Hampshire. They became a very cohesive bunch of happy hikers under Lib's instinctive use of casual leadership. Lib was determined to make the hiking experience fun as well as satisfying. It worked. The hikers just hiked, every Tuesday, and built a unique community along the way.

Lyons is the writer, Bates the doer. Lib, as she is known far and wide, has hiked all around New Hampshire's mountains for 80 years or so. Shirley Elder Lyons has covered Congress for the Washington Star and New Hampshire politics for the Boston Globe. She also has co-written two books, a profile of House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill and a case study on Capitol Hill lobbying, and edited a book on Sandwich (N.H.) history. And now: the Over the Hill Hikers, a truly amazing group.

                Over the Hill Hikers