Ascent of Mount Liberty on 2011-10-11

Climber: Andrew Russel

Date:Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Liberty
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got up to the bike path at the Flume Visitor Center parking lot by 8am. 9 year old son and dog were fired up for another peak. We got to the Liberty Springs trail head and started a fairly easy walk through the woods for a decent period of time. Ultimately, as we expected, came the rocky, steep trail and it was steady up from that point on. Amazingly in about 2.25 hours we got to the camp site area(.6 from summit) sooner than expected and took a bit of a breather. The final push up to the Franconia ridge trail remained steep but our spirits were high knowing that we were almost there. Once there we banged a right to the Liberty summit which was a fairly easy remaining portion with only a few spots with additional rock scrambling. The initial outcrop afforded a glimpse of an absolutely amazing day with 100% visibility. We made our way to the summit and had a perfect day with zero wind, great temps, no bugs, and full 360 views. One of the better summit days I've ever had, and clearly the first good one for my son which will get him back for another (dog didn't seem to care). Going down was typical, always longer than you thought it was with an occasional fall here and there. Overall the roundtrip took us about 5.5 hours. Son/dog slept well on the 3.5 hour drive home!
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