We are Parked at Appalachia waiting for Thom to arrive to tell him we have changed our plans from a N Pressie Traverse to the above mentioned hike (winds were in the 80's on Mt Washington). All of a sudden a women approaches us, and low and behold it's Little Bear! She came to join us for some of our hike. She climbs in our car and we sit there chatting, when all of a sudden another women comes walking up to my truck. I roll my window down and it's Seema (Sli74). She is looking for directions to Lowes Path, and we tell her how to get there and chat for a few.
We finally arrive at the Gale River Loop Road after debating where to spot cars (we leave my truck at Beaver Brook and Little Bear drives us to GRLR PL). The 3 of us are getting ready for our hike up Garfield when a truck pulls in and parks right next to us, and out pops Carole and her husband. They arrived to climb Garfield, but we beat them to it, and we start breaking trail down the road (which is covered in about 8 inches of snow). Little bear joins us for the 1st 2 miles then decides to wait for Carole and her Husband.
We FINALLY reach the summit of Garfield. It was tough going! The lower and middle sections of the trail have long washed out sections. Lots of water. There also is about a foot of fresh powder to trail break.
We reach the summit of S. Twin. The Garfield ridge trail has about a foot of fresh snow that we broke out. We skipped Galehead for now and plan to hit it on our return. We opted to come back down the Gale River Trail due to Cathy G. breaking trail up to the intersection of the Garfield Ridge Trail, and high water crossings on the N. Twin Trail. She is also heading to the Twins and Galehead so now there are 3 of us.
We are on the summit of N. Twin taking pictures (views were spectacular!). Cathy did a great job with the route finding.
Back on S. Twin taking more pictures. It is almost dark. Time for headlamps.
We reach Galehead summit. Now it's time for the long slog out (and believe me, it was long!)
We are done. Time to head back and get ready for tomorrow...
10 down, 38 to go....
Frodo and Stinkyfeet