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 Trip Report: Mounts Tom, Field, & Willey 10-15-06 
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 Trip Report: Mounts Tom, Field, & Willey 10-15-06
Sunday was another spectacular ridge hike on the Willey Range Trail! DianeM, HikerAmiga, Sara, DianeJ, Bill, Matt, and arriving within a second of missing us was Peter, who joined Ghostdog and me.

We carspotted at the Willey House site, drove to Crawford Depot and started our traverse at 9 am. As we neared the Mount Tom Spur, the Gray Jays greeted us. Most of the hikers were introduced to these beautiful birds for the first time. These delightful birds eat out of your outstretched hand! Our hikers ate lunch on the summit of Tom (4051'), enjoyed the stunning views, then continued on the Willey Ridge Trail to Mount Field (4340'). We took group photo's on the summit of Field, had snacks, rest, water and lunch.

DianeJ made the hard decision to curtail her hike due to sudden health concerns and descend Avalon trail. HikerAmiga generously denied her quest of Mount Willey to escort DianeJ down the Avalon to A-Z Trails and their waiting vehicles. It is always our motto to never hike alone. Their report this morning: "The other Diane and I took our time descending and I was glad to see that she was feeling so much better on the way down. She took the lead for the most part and she did very well. Seems it took very long to descend but it was uneventful except for a slight 10 min detour (at a junction) on the wrong trail (my fault actually). We quickly backtracked and got back on the right one towards the Depot."

The remainder of us summited Willey (4285'), enjoyed the fantastic views from the look-out took more pictures, hiked back to our carspot, via the nicest set of hand built log ladders in the Whites. We next gathered at the Good 'n You Restaurant & Lounge for steak tips, sandwiches, and after hike libations. I just love getting paid to gps with equipment that is not even on ther market yet and hike the Whites. Another excellent weekend in paradise!

DianeM's note: "the use of cell phones are great tools, but better left turned off on a hike to preserve the battery in case a situation arises. Even at the summit, transmission varied or didn't exist with some phone carriers. Share cell phone numbers before the hike starts, The Motorola walkie talkies set to the same channel proved to be a better mode of communication. The more radios the better for various level groups. Mark the start waypoint with the GPS."

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Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:41 pm
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Great t.r. Magic (the last three actually) thanks!

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Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:34 am
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Thank you, Chris. Maybe we can pool a group together from this site and get in a hike!

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You wern't by any chance part of the group that I encountered on Tom that day were you??


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Hey there Marc!

Welcome!!

That would be me . . .
and my gang! :D

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Oh this is exciting!

Were you the gentleman that I discussed the the number of clear days on Washington with briefly? Particularly the clear days this September?

Always fun bumping into people that you kinda recognize from the internet! or vice versa!

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Yes again! I remember talking about this with you. We were the group with lots of young, beautiful women and a small black dog. Our meet, I believe, was in the col on the way to Avalon! Want to join our group? Simply send me a pm! In fact, I'll go first!
Check out his hiking page, You'll be happy you did. :D

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