What an incredible trip my brother and I embarked on the day after Christmas. With only one hike in the way of my brother's completion of the 48, we set off for the Flume Slide Trail to go across the ridge to take on Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, and Lafayette, where we would celebrate his completion atop one of my favorite peaks, and one that got the best of me a couple of weeks ago.
It is so hard to describe this experience, but this VFTT trip report is a prelude to my full report, which will be ready before the weekend.
Since we've been hiking a lot, we haven't felt the need for snowshoes just yet, but for sure, it is time to bring them now. We enjoyed the nice stroll into the valley to the base of the slide, where the ascent began. Microspikes were pushed to max and beyond, but we managed just fine to the top without any plinko action
Along the way, the sky showed patches of blue, but we expected snow and clouds all day. The final ascent to Flume was intense. We ended up in a huge hiker jam just after the summit with another pair of hikers and a large group, which included J&J. It was nice to meet you! We talked for a few minutes in the traffic jam and proceeded.
Once we hit Liberty, the skies opened up and a result, the clouds and everything turned this hike into something magical, straight out the heavens, and just like that it felt like we were on top of the world.
As we approached Lafayette, my brother's final peak, we had seconds before the sun disappeared below the western horizon. I can't imagine what Bill felt as he reached his last peak. Once there, we let out our excitement and stood in amazed at the beauty around us. Under an Earthshine Crescent Moon and Venus with a sunset backdrop to dream of, two brothers put the AMC White Mountain 4000-footers in the books within one year.
For the full story of this incredible hike, please be on the lookout for my blog post. We broke trail in knee deep drifts from Liberty Springs on, we were blown across patches of ice above treeline, even with our spikes, and more. I am dying to share the whole album from this hike with you all, but until I post to my blog, this is a teaser. My brother and I will remember this trip forever.