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 Mount Liberty - 3/8/15 
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Good for her, despite the pain, persevering forward. I had an issue with the hip flexor pain a couple yrs ago, but not quite that bad. Sounds like she was focused like a laser to miss that sign, but sounds like you slowly are getting her hooked. The fact that she did 2 big ones within six months of one another is hope! Probably felt great to get away and have a day, sounds like it all worked out. Hey the clouds were pretty, did u get caught in that brief snow squall around d 4pm? It didn't last long, but was impressive! You can add these to your grid list that your not doing GG :P


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...but sounds like you slowly are getting her hooked. The fact that she did 2 big ones within six months of one another is hope! Probably felt great to get away and have a day, sounds like it all worked out. Hey the clouds were pretty, did u get caught in that brief snow squall around d 4pm? It didn't last long, but was impressive! You can add these to your grid list that your not doing GG :P


Already had the March check mark for Liberty, and Washington last week for that matter! :wink:

The way she puts it, she really likes it when we're out there, especially without the kids :D but doesn't really miss it when we're not. That's about as much as I can hope for I think. She's done enough great trails/hikes that if she's not head over heels for it already it's not going to be that way I think.

We had a window seat at the burger place for the squall. Those winds were whipping around the parking lot for sure.


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Good to know on the burger place. Ill give it another go at some point then.

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Great trip report. I too am jealous that you get to do hikes like that with your wife. Mine is at #7, and I don't think she will ever see #8. She also turned around 0.2 miles from Carrigain (weather sucked), Garfield (ditto), skipped Pierce when she was 0.1 mile away (no good reason), and turned back 0.5 mile from Moosilauke (too tired after climbing Beaver Brook Trail, so that was my fault for picking that trail). And congrats to your wife for Winter 4000-footer #1. That's one more than I have.


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You know you're not married to a "peakbagger" when... :D

hophiker wrote:
Great trip report. I too am jealous that you get to do hikes like that with your wife. Mine is at #7, and I don't think she will ever see #8. She also turned around 0.2 miles from Carrigain (weather sucked), Garfield (ditto), skipped Pierce when she was 0.1 mile away (no good reason), and turned back 0.5 mile from Moosilauke (too tired after climbing Beaver Brook Trail, so that was my fault for picking that trail). And congrats to your wife for Winter 4000-footer #1. That's one more than I have.


Part of me says good for her for just enjoying the trails and not caring about the summits. The other part says how do you get almost to Pierce, Garfield and Moosilaukes summits and not finish the good parts and get the views. Yikes! You should have assured her the last few hundred feet of each was t as boring as the miles she had already done! :D


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I LOVE Black Mountain Burger (OK, I generally love burgers and beer, but they have some of the best burgers I've ever had). I eat there most of the time I'm getting a bite in Lincoln now. Back in September they moved into their current location, which is about 3x the size of the old hole-in-the-wall across the parking lot they used to be in. A real bar now too :D

Kudos to Mrs. GG for pushing through and getting to the top! Liberty Springs is not the easiest trail to ascend, that's for sure!

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Was the burger place where Exit32 pub is now? Anyone know if that's any good, not that I have any reason to look elsewhere as long as this place keeps up the good work. Not much better than a burger, fries and a beer after a big hike, except maybe the post FOT48 cookouts with steak, chicken, pizza, burgers, cookies, brownies, cold drinks...is it time to sign up again yet?? :D

And Mrs. GG sends along her thanks for the congrats and positive comments to all!


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Was the burger place where Exit32 pub is now? Anyone know if that's any good, not that I have any reason to look elsewhere as long as this place keeps up the good work.


I think so, either that or right next door to it. I've never been in the Exit32 place so no opinion yet.

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how do you get almost to Pierce, Garfield and Moosilaukes summits and not finish the good parts and get the views. Yikes! You should have assured her the last few hundred feet of each was t as boring as the miles she had already done!


Definitely not a peakbagger.

Pierce: it was a southern Presi traverse (up ART, down Crawford, hitch back to the car, and it was in May but there was a lot of snow on the ART, so it was difficult - see pic below). My kids and I did the summits, my wife went around them (which means she missed Monroe and Eisenhower by only a few tenths of a mile too). When we got to the turnoff for Pierce, my younger son said he was too tired to go there and just wanted to start down. I said the summit was only about 200 yards from where we were. He still said he was too tired, so he skipped it and my wife went with him. (I went back with my son a few years later.)

Carrigain: Sawyer Road gate was closed so it made it a long hike (over 14 miles). It was #48 for my sons, and my wife wanted to make it to the summit to celebrate. It was a terrible day, and it was taking forever for her to get up to Signal Ridge. Kids were nowhere to be seen, way ahead. Finally she said "you go ahead, I'll start down and you can catch up to me on the way down". I went up, met my kids at the summit, where they were waiting for me and shivering in the cold rain (most anticlimactic 4K finish ever?), then started back down. Got halfway down Signal Ridge and I was astonished to see my wife heading up. She said she changed her mind and wanted to see the ridge. I offered to go back up to the summit with her (you could barely make out the tower in the fog), and told her that she'd regret it if she didn't, but she said she was satisfied with seeing the ridge and the minimal views that were available there through the clouds. (Sometimes she'll say "I climbed Carrigain" and I say "no you didn't; you climbed Signal Ridge")

Garfield: it was a backpacking trip (her one and only). We went up to the tentsite and set up camp. She stayed there while I went with the kids to Galehead, and our plan was to hit Garfield on the way out the next day. The first day was beautiful, but we woke up to pea soup fog and high winds on day 2. There would be no views, but the boys and I went to the summit anyway (of course). Couldn't see five feet in front of us. She figured it wasn't worth it because there wouldn't be views, so she started down instead.

Moosilauke: there were eight of us, and I picked the Beaver Brook Trail, which I loved but my wife was having a tough time with. She didn't think she could make it to the summit, so she turned off on the Asquam Ridge Trail and went down to the lodge. She should have continued with us, because the hard part was done at that point. Five of the remaining seven went down Gorge Brook to the Lodge, while two of us went back down the BBT to get the car and drive around to the Lodge. I should have picked the Gorge Brook Trail instead, because she would have made it to the summit.

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I see, you're torturing the poor lady! :lol:


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