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Ascent of Mount Liberty on 2013-07-14

Climber: Eric Ryherd

Others in Party:Paul
Greg L and Greg K
Date:Sunday, July 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Liberty
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up on a warm and steamy day with Paul, Greg L and Greg K.
Got to the Flume parking lot and started the hike at 9:15am.
Walked up the paved bike trail to the trailhead to the split of the Liberty Spring trail and the Flume Slide Trail. We had read that the Flume Slide trail was steep and easier to go up than down.
I would HIGHLY recommend that everyone follow that plan!
The first part of the Liberty trail is an easy hike.
Then the Flume Slide branches off to the right and is only a slight uphill for a couple of miles. Lots of water crossings which we got up to 11 before we stopped counting. It has been fairly rainy this summer so many of the little streams are probably normally dry.

When Flume Slide turns and head up the ridge is gets REALLY steep! Many scrambles over flat slippery ledge that if you slide you're going to drop several dozen feet and could easily get hurt. We used the trees along the side to pull outselves up. Progress slowed due to the steep slopes.

All of a sudden you finally arrive at the summit where the views are breathtaking. 100+ vertical cliff really shows why the climb was so steep. We had lunch at the summit and took a few photos. Very nice views but since there was barely any breeze it was still hot and muggy. I was soaked in sweat which didn't evaporate at all.
Paul brought a pump and we filtered the ice cold stream water to refill our water bottles which was really valuable in this heat.

Then down Mt Flume and back up to Liberty which is an easy hike. Mt. Liberty has equal spectacular views and cliffs.

The hike down was fine but began to drag on to seeming to be never ending! Downslope was easy to hike and well maintained with several sets of stone stairs in place. Finally reached the bike trail and back to the car about 5pm.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:steep!
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Partly Cloudy
steamy!
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Flume Slide Trail
    Trailhead:Flume Parking lot  
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Route:Liberty Spring Trail
    Time Down:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Flume

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Flume2013-07-14
2Mount Liberty2013-07-14
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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