Ascent of Mount Liberty on 2007-10-13

Climber: M (whichway) Lardiere

Others in Party:solo
Date:Saturday, October 13, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Liberty
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

had difficulty finding the trail head; head to walk 1/2 mile down a bike path which was only vaguely indicated by the guide book. i didn't have as much energy as expected; elevation seemed difficult. it was misting on and off until shortly before the tent platforms on the Liberty Spring tr. a guy on his way down warned me about ice on the rocks up ahead. indeed, shortly thereafter, i found myself dodging ice chips melting from the tree tops. eventually i had to don my raincoat.
i stopped briefly at the Liberty summit, found the benchmark, and continued on with the ridge walk (mostly stubby trees) to Flume. met another female solo hiker named Chris at that summit and chatted for ~15 min before heading back over Liberty and down the Liberty Spring tr. stopped at the tent site on the way down to collect 2L of spring water before heading out.
the perceived shortcut to the parking lot didn't lead at all where i thought it would, so i put in extra mileage on the bike path again. followed out by a couple of guys who had also misplaced their car/lot.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3059 ft / 933 m
    Elevation Loss:131 ft / 40 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3059 ft / 933 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Liberty Spring tr
    Trailhead:Basin lot/Liberty Spring trailhead  1400 ft / 426 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:131 ft / 40 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge tr
    Trailhead:Mount Flume  4328 ft / 1319 m
    Time Down:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Liberty/Flume

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Liberty2007-10-13
2Mount Flume2007-10-13

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