View Full Version : Fun on Flume (and Liberty) 1/4/2003

01-05-2004, 10:38 AM
I'll let our esteemed organizer write the trip report, but have pictures posted HERE (http://community.webshots.com/album/109160978EEwGjC)

Many thanks for all involved, particularly to HikerBob for his impressive organizational skills! Bob, based on how you looked (cold/flu) on Saturday, I am impressed with your drive on this hike! Considering the prehike weather report, having 20+ show up and complete this hike was fantastic.

I had a blast - I really needed a good outing, and got more than I had hoped. A fun day, and I'll hopefully be there for the next one (winter is getting booked fast!). You are a fun bunch to hike with, and I hope to run into all of you on the trails soon!

Oh, least I forget. Seema, that cake is decadent! This has to be the only hike where I weigh more now than when I started!


01-05-2004, 10:54 AM
I am REALLY sorry to have missed the hike, next time, I will be there for sure. I am glad the cake was enjoyed (Happy Birthday Blue! ) . . . Bob, thank you for your effort in organizing such a grand event and I hope to see you all again real soon . . .


01-05-2004, 11:30 AM
Thanks to Hikerbob's planning, some luck with weather and great company - it was a fantastic day.

Sherpa - your pics are great. Here are

mine (http://community.webshots.com/user/liza48k)

01-05-2004, 11:42 AM
It was a great hike, highlighted most of all by all the wonderful people that I met and who made the day really memorable. Thanks to you all.

BTW Blue, nice avatar...I recognize at least one foot in that group! ;)


01-05-2004, 11:51 AM
I had a fantastic time, even though I couldn't keep the pace and ended up mostly on my own. If only I'd eaten on the trip ... to this day we still have not figured out where my stuff sack of food went!

Huge thanks to HikerBob for organizing this trek, and to everyone for banding together to make it all possible (especially the carpooling).

My pictures (which I'll caption tonight) are here (http://hiking.saletnik.org/album/index.cgi?mode=album&album=Fun_on_Flume_on_the_Fourth)

I can't wait to hike again ... there just aren't enough weekends! However, I will say that "Misery" is finally getting to the bottom of the trail and reading "Parking 0.8"

01-05-2004, 12:08 PM
YAY! Finally made it home :) The drive home this morning with snow, ice, freezing rain, rain (repeat) was a slow one.

Glad to hear everyone else made it OK and had rides to cars. My thanks go to BoB (not Bob) for running me back to Lincoln Woods after the hike. I met up with him on Flume summit after he conquered the Flume Slide. Thanks also to those who popped back to see if I had finally made it down.

Next time I'm planning a hike and I say I have a cold - tell me to stay home! I am a slow hiker at the best of times (0.5 SKU) but with the sniffles, coughs and aches I was even slower.

After showering and changing at the motel I flopped on the bed for "a few minutes" but that turned into more than a few and I didn't hit the Woodstock Inn until 6:30ish. By that time everyone else had split :(

I'll save my usual ramblings for my web site and will post again when these and my pictures are up.

Glad to see reports that folk had fun :) Despite feeling like the proverbial I had a great time.

Now... where next?


John S
01-05-2004, 01:15 PM
Terrific job, Bob, from start to finish.

Good route, great people and a better-than-expected day. The most welcome moment was seeing all those cars pulling into the Whitehouse lot just as I finished.


Bob Farrell
01-05-2004, 08:45 PM
Thanks Hiker Bob for a great hike. It was good meeting you on the Osseo Tr. There were great views from Flume but by the time I got to Liberty (the last one there), the clouds blew in and the wind really picked up. Check out my trip report at:
Trip Report (http://4kjournals.20m.com/custom.html)

Check out my photos at:
Flume/Liberty Fun on the Fourth (http://community.webshots.com/user/farmerbob48)

Happy winter hiking!!!

01-06-2004, 06:08 AM
Sniff, cough! The battle with the cold goes on :(

I still didn't finish my journal yet but HERE (http://www.bobspics.com/hike04/04-01-04/INDEX.HTML) is a link to my pictures of the day. I appear to have taken more pictures of signs on this trip!

I'll catch up on everyone elses spin on the day today at work (shhh - don't tell anyone). My account will hardly be definitive of the day so everyone please post away. I'm sure a great time was had by all. Despite having the outward appearance of a zombie I too had a great hike.

Bob (sneeze)

01-06-2004, 09:41 AM
I had a good time meeting some the people behind the names on this site.
I am putting a link here for a couple pictures, we will see if it actually works.

URL[http://community.webshots.com/user/spongebobportland]CLICK HERE[/URL]

Thanks Turnbill for being so generous. Blue, guys don't just talk about tools when we hike, we also talk about football.


01-06-2004, 10:11 AM
Nice photos from everyone so far. Here are my Flume photos (http://www.turnorama.org/). The actually link is near the bottom of the page.

01-06-2004, 10:54 AM
Nice photos. I take it Grivel is the crampon of choice.

Mr. X
01-06-2004, 11:24 AM
Wow, I think this is the most "Bobs" I've seen in one thread. Those pictures look as though it was a great time, thanks for sharing!

01-06-2004, 12:02 PM
...and if ya can stand a few more, here's a link to a few pics that I put up on Webshots as well.


Click on the "Fun On Flume" album, but currently I think it's the only one there anyway.


01-06-2004, 01:48 PM
Great pictures everyone!

Next time I'll plot a zig-zag course for everyone else while I take a straight line - that way I may be able to spend some more time on the trail with you guys ;)

Had to make a pick-up run to Bradley airport last night and never got home until late. Still felt cr*ppy this morning and went back to sleep after switching the alarm off (not on purpose!) so I stayed home this morning and wrote my rambles.

I'm sure they could use a proof-read and some fixing but you can find them here. (http://www.bobspics.com/hike04/04-01-04/index.html)

Thanks again to everyone who showed up, all for looking out for me and especially to BoB (not Bob) for sticking with me on the way down and running me to Lincoln Woods to pick up my car.


01-06-2004, 06:01 PM
Hi Bob,

What a great trip report! Very funny and good pictures as usual. I'll have to get some stick-on icicles so you'll recognize me.

As far as who ? is in photo number 5 - that'd be Clark.

Also, it was Jaytrek57 (who I went to high school with ;) ) who swung by to check if you made it down, not me (though I was scheduled to check at 5:00).

Where are we going next?

01-06-2004, 10:31 PM

Thanks for the info, I've updated the relevant pages.

Re-assigned thanks to Jaytrek57 for popping back to see if I'd made it off the mountain, but I know everyone was asking "Where's Bob?" and keeping a watch for me :) Thanks everyone.

Where next....? I think I'll consider that when I beat this cold out.


01-07-2004, 07:22 AM
HikerBob, I also took a quick ride to see how you were making out, spoke to "Just BoB" (not BoB), and he said he'd meet us at the Station after shuttling you over. Just wanted to make sure that you'd have at least one smiling face when you finished!

Thanks again for a great day!

01-07-2004, 07:31 AM
I'm enjoying all the reports and pictures. Looks like all had a good day. May there be many more!

01-07-2004, 07:49 AM
Thanks Sherpa. Had I found myself alone at the end of the hike there would still have been one big smile there :)

I'd be interested to hear what the time was when different groups were at the summits and the parking lot. If the timestamp on MichaelJ's 'flop in the snow' picture at the end of the hike is correct then I made it out about an hour later.

BoB and I thought we saw someone on Liberty when we were on Flume, that would have been around 12:20pm

Shame I missed the gathering at the Inn, next time for sure and no cold!


01-07-2004, 07:56 AM
HikerBob - it should be. I'm pretty careful about keeping the camera time correct so I can figure out times from the pictures later. That's also why I tend to take shots of trail signs.

And the note by the ladders was from me ... I'm glad you saw it!

01-07-2004, 08:02 AM

I do the same with the camera clock and trail signs. Good way of looking back over a hike and figuring out the where and when's.

Thanks for the note in the snow - it certainly helped to know I wasn't *days* behind :D


01-07-2004, 09:45 AM

I got lost on my way to the Woodstock Brewery...that's the only reason I was even back at that trailhead. ;)

As the kids I work with would say, "We had your back yo!".

Blue, Turnbill, myself and others all had plans to stop back to check on people. Sherpa gave us the all clear when we got there.

No pressure Hikerbob...but I nominate you to orgainize the next one....I mean...why mess with success!


01-07-2004, 11:27 AM
I checked the timestamp on my pics, and that was indeed Arm, cantdog (12:10), me (12:20), followed a few minutes later by MichaelJ, shizzmac and JohnS on Liberty (12:30). I mentioned to someone (JohnS?) as we climbed that I could see someone nearing the Flume summit. I was on Flume alone at 11:15-11:20, with the rest about 5-10 minutes behind me (I had planned to wait for them, but it got pretty darn cold, so I waited in the col)

Max: my parking lot photo, right after you left to check Flume lot was at 3:06, so you got to the Whitehouse lot sometime before 3:00.

01-07-2004, 01:21 PM
Our group arrived at the junction of Flume Slide trail at 10:30 and I had wandered down the slide trail a few yards and scratched a time in the snow in case Arm and Cantdog happened to be coming by. So that put us on the summit of Flume at about 10:35 or so. We stayed about 15-20 minutes perhaps, and I think we hit the summit of Liberty just before noon. And I think we got back to the Whitehouse parking lot around 2:15. The time of Michael's "flop-in-the-snow" pic sounds about right, as I had gotten a ride back to Lincoln Woods, went back to the motel to pick up my wife and then arrived back at the parking lot to see if anyone else needed a shuttle back to the Kanc, getting there sometime after 3 PM.


01-07-2004, 05:02 PM
The time of my photo of Max, Blue and SpongeBob (http://www.turnorama.org/Flume/crw_3905.htm) at the Flume Slide Trail is 10:30 and my first photo on the Flume summit (http://www.turnorama.org/Flume/crw_3909.htm) is at about 10:45. My shot of Max's boots (http://www.turnorama.org/Flume/crw_3912.htm) is on the climb up to Liberty at about 11:30 and my first Liberty summit photo (http://www.turnorama.org/Flume/crw_3913.htm) is at 11:40. The photo at Liberty Spring jct (http://www.turnorama.org/Flume/crw_3924.htm) is at a little past noon. The Crampon photo (http://www.turnorama.org/Flume/crw_3925.htm) was taken at 12:30 at the Liberty spring campsite.

I never did take a photo at the end. That last 0.6 mile on the Pemi Trail really wiped me out and I just forgot to take out my camera for a final photo.

01-08-2004, 06:20 AM
Sounds like you all had a ball, sorry I missed out.

Great pictures everyone.
Look forward to seeing you on the trails soon.


01-10-2004, 06:59 PM

Sorry to have missed this one! Next time!!

Go Patriots!!!