Mt Liberty and Mt Flume with Overnight on Franconia Ridge
2013 Mar 16-17

I. Five Panoramas


Day 1: Trail Leaving Liberty With Fraconia Ridge To Bonds
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Panorama


Day 1: Mt Liberty Panorama
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Panorama


Day 1: Mt Flume Panorama
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Panorama


Day 2: (left to right) Moosilauke Kinsman Cannon Franconia Garfield Bonds
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Panorama


Day 2: Sunrise From Franconia To Bonds
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Panorama Note: constructed with Steve Smith's method in Photoshop: Photoshop>File>Automate>PhotoMerge... Auto, Blend, Vignette Removal, Geometric Distortion Correction.


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II. Report

I did a 2-day hike to the Mt Liberty and Mt Flume, with a cozy night at my in-snow camp at the Liberty Spring-Franconia Ridge junction. I started late, got to the camp site, built a snow fort, did Mt Liberty and Mt Flume, had dinner, spent a cozy night in my new Tyvek bivy, got up before sunrise, went back to Mt Liberty for the sunrise, broke camp, and hiked back down Liberty Spring Trail. Just about 24 hours.

Day 1: 7 miles

Got to the trailhead by 10:30. Did some gear rearrangement: no crampons but took my snowshoes. Off at 1100 and up the gradual WhiteHouse and Cascade Brrok Trails, then on to Liberty Spring. Got to the Ridge at 2 and found the snow perfect for building a snow fort. Cut snow blocks. See pics. Then I headed for Mt LIberty and Mt Flume. Got back about 5pm and heated water for dinner. It was pretty cool, so I got into my head-to-foot inner bag combo before cooking. I actually got into the burrow about 6pm. Before 10pm, I left the bivy open at the top and was a little cool. Then I added my fleece layer and closed the top of the bivy---coziness for the rest of the night.

The Tyvek was sealed with carpet tape at the bottom end and part way up the middle. Then seamstress Celia Knight added Velcro strips at the upper end. Once I sealed those Velcro strips I was cozier, sleeping soundly from 10pm to 4am. If the Northern Lights really were bright, I wish that I would hiked to Mt Liberty then. I think that a better approache to the snow fort would have been to have only the Tyvek under me and stretch the tarp over the top, maybe with trekking poles for rafters and then seal the top above the tarp with more snow blocks. I was afraid of condensation, but the Tyvek is supposed to be a good ventilator and moisture barrier. Instead I placed the tarp under me and created air gaps on the ceiling.

The picture came out pretty well. On the panoramas, I used the auto-panorama mode on a couple, but constructed 5 with Photoshop (see above). The Sony did fine with about 50% battery usage; no need to install my spare battery. I did a few shots where the depth of field was too small. I continue to not see enough detail in the EVF. The circular polarizer was attached all the time. I think that I get a UV filter for protecting the lens and omit the CPF except on sunny days since it adds contrast for direct sunlit scenes and just decreases light level by about 50% on unpolarized scenes. I need a place to store it. The cold was not a factor with the camers, but I did keep it inside my outer layer except when shooting.

Day 2: 3 miles

I awoke at 4am and decided to get up at 6 to go up to Mt Liberty for the sunrise. (I should have gottne up then to see if the Northern Lights were visible as predicted.) I saw a headlamp go by on the trail before heading up the 0.3 miles. Then I got pics of the sunrise at the top of Mt Liberty. Back after an hour. Two more hikers passed; one was doing th entire Pemi Loop, having started a few hours earlier at Lincoln Woods and expecting to end up there after 32 miles later in the day. Wow! I broke camp and got going down at 0830. I stopped at the Liberty Spring campsite to see how the couple I'd met yesterday coming up to Mt Liberty. They were actually going to be out 4 days doing the Pemi loop. What an amazing adventure! I got back to the car at 10:45 after pssing a few people on their way up.

Summary: 10.1 miles over 24 hours with sleepover on Franconia Ridge, 3660' elevation gain, 2 peaks (Liberty (2x) and Flume).

--Fred (aka tarpman)
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Snow camp
Snow camp
Blocks cut from surrounding snow with snowshoes (their only use!)
Franconia Ridge Trail
Franconia Ridge Trail
going was easy with microspikes
Looking back to Flume
Looking back to Flume
Vista approaching Liberty
The Bonds across the valley
The Bonds across the valley
Looking at Franconia Ridge and Mt Garfield from Liberty
Looking at Franconia Ridge and Mt Garfield from Liberty
Garfield in late afternoon
Sony AutoPanorama
Sony AutoPanorama
....fromFranconiaRidge to BOnds
Little Haystack Framed
Little Haystack Framed
...but with too large an aperture
Camp Francoia
Camp Francoia
Snow wall...tarp top...Tyvek bivy...nested bags
Evening cooking
Evening cooking
Flash looking up at 10pm
Flash looking up at 10pm
Thanks to a call of nature, awake with warm camera
From the sleeping bag
From the sleeping bag
Another flash photo
Starry sky above fir canopy
Starry sky above fir canopy
Clear and cool (~10 deg)
Presunrise toward the Bonds
Presunrise toward the Bonds
From Liberty.
Sunrise from Mt Liberty
Sunrise from Mt Liberty
...except I missed Northern LIghts earlier
Kinsman in morning light
Kinsman in morning light
Franconia Ridge
Franconia Ridge
ar sunrise
Sun's up.
Sun's up.
Bonds to left
Cannon
Cannon
Moosilaukee
Moosilaukee
Kinsman
Kinsman
Gorgeous Franconia Ridge
Gorgeous Franconia Ridge
Little Haystack Framed
Little Haystack Framed
Packing up
Packing up
snow walls intact
Perfect smooth, packed trail
Perfect smooth, packed trail
down LIberty Spring Trail
Nearing the end
Nearing the end