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 Anyone been up Liberty and Flume lately? 
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 Anyone been up Liberty and Flume lately?
I'll be hiking these two peaks tomorrow (Sat 1/12) and I've been reading reports from around the 6th that the trail is very well packed out and snowshoes aren't required. We should only be getting a dusting Friday night. Do you think snow shoes are necessary? I'm hoping to hear from someone who's done this hike more recently.

We'll be going up Liberty Springs to Liberty, and the Franconia Ridge to Flume. And then we'll be butt sledding down! :)

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Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:56 am
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I have not been there lately, although its actually on my short list for Sunday. Looking to get an early start and still get home in time for the game. Something tells me barebooting and butt sledding isn't going to make a lot of friends with the people who like nice snowshoe tracks, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun! :D


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With the warmer temps+rain called for this weekend, I'd keep an eye out for things thawing to the point where you are leaving a bit (as in more than 1-2") of a depression in wet snow. After a freeze this would become rather nasty to walk on. But otherwise, Liberty Springs should be one heck of a sled run!

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 Re: Anyone been up Liberty and Flume lately?
allison88 wrote:
We'll be going up Liberty Springs to Liberty, and the Franconia Ridge to Flume. And then we'll be butt sledding down! :)

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Butt sledding down Liberty Spring or Flume Slide? :shock: Don't laugh:
http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.p ... ah!-1-6-13

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Good luck on the hike and the butt-sledding, Allison! I can't imagine being able to go without snowshoes if it's warm and the snow is getting soft though.

When I did Liberty it was in the winter, and we did some butt-sledding. I found it kind of tiresome because I had my snowshoes on and couldn't lift my legs high enough so that they stopped acting as a break. But one of the people in our group who is about 5'2" and not much more than 100 pounds had a great time and slid down at least a mile of trail.

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Hey all,

thanks for the advice. Snowshoes will be a go (as well as butt sledding!) We'll be doing some sledding down Liberty Springs.

For some reason I didn't think about how mushy the snow might be. Thanks for the reminder :)

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So I brought my snowshoes up but didn't end up needing them. The trail wasn't very mushy and was still packed out. It was only a little extra weight and worth it for some peace of mind. We had a ton of fun sledding and had a terrific undercast! I'll post a full trip report tomorrow.

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