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    Default Mt. Flume, August 20, 2009

    Cut and pasted from our hiking blog: http://trishandalex.blogspot.com/
    Accompanying pictures and video can be found there.
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    Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail.

    11.2 miles, roundtrip.

    Next weekend we will finish the Four Thousand Footers on Mt. Moosilauke. It's been an interesting 14 months of growth for both Alex and myself. We have shared many joyous moments of deep connection to our beautiful Mother Earth. We've learned quite a few life lessons as we've huffed, puffed, postholed, sweated, frozen, climbed, fallen, and gotten back up. The two of us have drawn strength from each other in moments of physical and emotional stress. I could not have asked for a better 4K hiking partner (except, of course, for Sage, if she ever chooses to embark upon the same quest).

    I will always remember these times with Alex. It is my hope that for the rest of her childhood and beyond, she looks back fondly on our adventures chasing New Hampshire's highest peaks.

    For nostalgia's sake, I politely declined the company of other people for Flume, our 47th peak. I wanted one last hike alone with my daughter.

    Our original ascent route included Flume's slide. However, after the Owl's Head slide and the Tripyramid slides, Alex decided she was all slided out. We had heard many nice things about Osseo Trail, so we chose to use that approach instead.

    We reached Lincoln Woods and started on our way.

    After 30 minutes of hiking, we reached Osseo Trail.

    Osseo Trail is very mellow. The footing is excellent, the grades are mostly easy, and the birch trees are lovely.

    Along the way, we noticed quite a few of these (seven, to be exact):

    Upon reaching the first of the stone steps (at the 3.5 mile mark), we sat down and took a water break.

    Then up we went, stopping every now and then to admire fungi.

    We soon came across the ladders. Climbing these wooden steps is a sinch...much easier than trying to haul ourselves up over steep rocks and roots.

    Now one mile from the summit, we took an early lunch break. A sign saying "downlook" guided us to an appropriate rest spot.

    After sating ourselves, we continued on our way.

    The trail flattened out after the last of the ladders, giving our sore knees a welcome reprieve from the steep climbing.

    Shouts of "wooooot" were heard in the distance as we approached the intersection with the Flume Slide Trail. There appeared to be a couple of male hikers who had just finished their climb and were very happy about it.

    We reached the trail sign indicating that we were only a tenth of a mile from the summit. The joyous male hikers remained ahead of us, whooping and hollering with glee.

    We climbed a few dozen feet and came out onto a rocky ledge, where we met the two joyous men. They both seemed ecstatic to be up there...well, who wouldn't be? We exchanged a few pleasantries and continued toward the summit.

    Once at the summit, one of the men offered to take our picture. He was kind and took a bunch of shots. Later, when I asked Alex which one she wanted in our blog, she asked that I post the following three.

    Clouds covered the sky, but they didn't totally obscure the views.

    Out came the whoopie pies, and the two of us lounged around for 45 minutes eating, drinking, and feeling fine.

    Eventually the clouds drifted away, and I was able to get a clear view of Mt. Garfield in the distance.

    We waved to nearby Mt. Liberty before leaving Flume's highest point....

    ...then we dropped down a few dozen feet to the ledge nearest the trees. Here we lounged about for a few minutes more, Alex drawing a summit picture and me admiring the now-clear vista.

    When we were ready, we bade farewell to the views and headed back down into the woods.

    The hike down was routine, Alex moving at a fast pace and me periodically asking her to slow down. We covered the 4.1 miles back to Lincoln Woods Trail in about two hours. Along the way, we discussed a variety of topics, including how to deal with sexist boys, germ theory and Swine Flu, and how much better descents are when the trail is covered in snow.

    Upon reaching Lincoln Woods Trail, we both sat and rested by the nearby stream.

    A flat 1.5 miles later and we were back where we had started.

    Our total time was just under 9 hours, and that includes our 45 minute rest on the summit.

    Next stop: Mt. Moosilauke on August 29.

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    Fantastic trip report and pictures. You guys should feel lucky to have each other and I am sure you both will never forget all the hikes you did together. Now you may have to do them all over again with Sage. Good luck on the Moose. I wish I could have been there to congradulate both of you. I will be patiently waiting the report and pics. You both should feel very proud. Congradulations.

    Oh yea almost forgot that whoopie pie looked good .
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    Thumbs up Mt. Flume

    Trish,
    This afternoon I was checking out the weather forecast for this weekend and after reading it I thought to myself it doesn't look as if it's going to be a good weekend for Trish and Alex to hike Mt. Flume. I next went to White Mountain Hikes and was pleasantly surprised to see that you completed Flume yesterday.

    You and Alex have come a long way since June '08 and we are glad that we've been along for the ride. I am sure you will have a fine turnout for Moosilauke next week. Wish we could be there for the finale. We look forward to your final report!

    Best photo-Alex and the whoopie pie

    Donna

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    Chris, thank you for your kind words of support. You are always so nice with your comments, we really appreciate it.

    Donna, I'm so glad we were up this week for a vacation. We had the good fortune of being able to pick our hiking day. Hopefully the weather will be nice next weekend....we will go rain or shine unless there are thunderstorms involved, but we'd prefer a nice day so others can join us without fear of getting soaked or blown off the mountain. Thanks as always for your kind words of support as well.

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    Excellent TR, and very nice photos and videos. Thanks for sharing them.

    Good luck next week on your 48th 4,000 footer. I hope as Hurricane Bill passes by the east coast, nothing but great weather gets drawn in for you two.
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    Trish, love the pictures of Alex on the bridge! This tiny person, heading into this giant wilderness, love it!
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