Flags on the NH 48: South Twin Mountain
Hiking/Walk DATE: 09/12/2009 - 09/12/2009
Trip/Event Location: Twin Mountain, NH
Trip Leader(s): Gandalf
Max # People: 10
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I'm not making any money running this trip
Difficulty Level: Strenuous
First off: This isn't a standard hiking trip. For one, it involves a two hour stay at the summit. Please read the description before signing up.
The Flags on the 48 has been an annual event since...
We had a great turn out for our memorial hike up South Twin via the North Twin and North Twin spur trails. Some of us stayed at my house the night before [Jeffrey, Brian Rick, Jon and Mike] in Waterville Valley, NH while the remainder met us at the trailhead.
After 15 minutes waiting for the other two guys [unfortunately we were not aware that Alexis was going to meet us at the posted carpooling location so we did not stop there, sorry Alexis] we left. We skipped two out of the three river crossings by using the herd path. The third crossing had easy footing. All of us took turns carrying our extention pole up and down the mountain. As we climbed up higher we met up with the North Twin group who all belonged to my gym in Meredith! Stephen, a member of our group, was with them. He had a tough time finding the trailhead which delayed him. [Stephen liked the North Twin group better than us and decided to hang out with them the rest of the day including hanging out with them on their summit and descending with them...he never said goodbye to us]
A special thanks to Jeffrey for his endless comic relief. We first stopped on the summit of North Twin for the peak baggers in our group. We arrived to the summit in the clouds in time to assemble and raise Old Glory in appreciation of our fallen heroes from 9/11.
The summit remained in the clouds throughout the day so we were unable to see the flags from the other peaks. We then had lunch, naps and greeted over 30 other people including a couple of thru-hikers.
At 2pm we lowered the flag and headed down the North Twin trail.
We arrived at the trailhead safe and sound and enjoyed some cold beverages. We all went back to my house for some beer and a cookout.
A special thanks to all of you who participated in this memorial hike up South Twin. What a great event to share with such special people. Please keep in touch - and hope to see you all next year!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- Indeed, it was a great experience, and a great group to be with. I also thoroughly enjoyed watching the AT thru-hikers coming up the trail, and looking up at the flag in amazement as if they had seen a mirage in the clouds. Truly a great moment. - JPHiker
- May the liberty and freedom given to us through this great country prevail. God bless all who fall victim and are scorned by cultures and individuals with selfish intent. It was an honor to participate in the momentous event. - WalkaboutBrian