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We hiked Galehead, South Twin, and North Twin (I got North Twin) on Sunday.  Sage is making a video of our hike from a compilation of all our pictures.  Please check it out on Sage's blog and on our YouTube Channel when she posts it tomorrow!
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Colorado Aromatics gave us a couple of their Sole Pleasure Foot Butter products to review.  We applied the products to our feet before and after the hike, and we were very happy with the results.  The cream made our feet feel smooth and relaxed after application.



We hiked Mt. Cabot today, and we had a great time!  Sage filmed videos of our hike and the finished video is posted on our YouTube channel, Alex and Sage Hike the 4Ks.  You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCruLR3K4sY

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Be sure to check out our YouTube Channel.  The first hike that we posted on our channel was our hike of the Tripyramids.

YouTube Channel: Alex and Sage Hike the 4Ks

Also, follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Instagram account: @alexsagehike4ks
Facebook page: Sisters Hiking


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Sage and I alternate documenting our hikes each week.  Check out Sage's blog for more trip reports.

Garfield
3/19/2019
Gale River Road, Mt. Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
12.4 Miles Roundtrip
Around 3200 Feet of Elevation Gain

It felt like an average winter morning when I stepped out of the car to hike Garfield.  It was pitch dark, so we took out our headlamps, and I started the hike wearing a couple of layers.

Since the road is closed due to all of the snow, we had a 1.2-mile roadwalk to the trailhead.  Like it usually does, the roadwalk seemed to go by quickly, at least for me.


This is Sage and me at the beginning of the roadwalk.

Photo by Trish Herr

When we got to the trailhead, it was still dark, so I continued leading the way in the blackness.  We were surprised to see that the first few tenths of a mile of the trail had little to no snow.  There were just ice patches here and there in the beginning.


As we kept going, the snow became more and more plentiful, and soon enough, it was everywhere.  Also, it was refreshing and a relief when we no longer needed our headlamps.


Looking through the trees...


Up, up, up...


After maintaining a decent pace up the mountain, we arrived at the intersection near the summit of Garfield.  It was a beautiful day up there.




Photo by Trish Herr

Sage on Garfield:

Photo by Trish Herr
I was close to the summit tower foundation:

Photo by Trish Herr
There were beautiful views from the top.  My hands were getting very cold and I had difficulty taking photos, so I am including Mom's pictures on here.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage and me...

Photo by Trish Herr

The rest of the hike down the mountain was pleasant.  Soon enough, we arrived at the trailhead.  We just had the roadwalk to go from there!



Mom spotted a couple grouse on the roadwalk.  They seemed so content high up on those frail branches.



We had a great day!
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Zealand, Guyot, West Bond, Bond, and Bondcliff Peaks
3/2/2019
Zealand, Twinway, Bondcliff, Wilderness, and Lincoln Woods Trails
23.5 Miles
4,100 Feet of Elevation Gain

Before arriving at the official trailhead, we had a four-mile roadwalk.  Since it was early in the morning, the walk seemed to go by fairly quickly.

After the roadwalk, the sky lightened.  We started to make our way up to Zealand Falls and the hut.





Once we got to the hut, we rested for a few minutes to grab a snack.  The view from the hut was beautiful.




A nice hiker took a picture of all three of us.

Photo by Trish Herr

The trail was packed out to Zealand and Guyot, so we were grateful for that.  



It was a scenic day; I could see views in all directions.


The snow was so deep that the Zealand summit sign, which is normally above Mom's head, was at our feet.  


Us on the summit of Zealand!

Photo by Trish Herr

After Zealand, we headed over to Guyot.  The day remained clear and stellar.



We had a little bit of trouble finding the path to the summit of Guyot, but we could see the top, so we just made our way over there.




We were happy to reach the summit of Guyot!



Mom, Sage, and I at the top:




After Guyot, we tried to make our way toward West Bond.  After a few tenths of a mile, we lost the path, and we came upon a couple of women who were lost as well.  We spent a long time trying to find the trail, and after a while, the two women turned back.  We, however, continued and eventually made it to the Guyot Campsite.  From there, we got lost again, but we found our way to the West Bond Spur after spending more time fighting through tree branches and deep snow.  Along the line, we spotted a few gray jays.



I was so grateful that we found the spur!  After that, it wasn't too difficult making it to West Bond.  Another hiking group caught up to us along the way and helped us pack out the trail.


I hadn't been to the summit of West Bond in years; I forgot how pointy the peak is.  Being on top of the summit made me feel more up high.



One of the friendly hikers from the group took a picture of the three of us on West Bond.

Photo by Trish Herr
Hiking up Mt. Bond felt like a breeze compared to what we had been doing earlier; prior to Bond, we fought through deep snow and tree branches that were constantly in our faces.  This was Sage and me on Bond:

Photo by Trish Herr



Sage and me...

Photo by Trish Herr
When we got to Bondcliff, it was fairly late in the day, so we ate quickly and began to head down.


Bondcliff was Sage's winter finish!  She hadn't officially completed her Winter 48 prior to that day; she was focused on the Grid and didn't concern herself so much with her winters.  Congratulations to Sage for finishing the Winter 48!

Photo by Trish Herr



Sage again...



After a very long hike down, we finally got to Lincoln Woods Trail.  We all were exhausted; it was late at night and we had hiked many miles that day.  We trudged on and just kept going.


The trail from after the Lincoln Woods intersection was flat for miles.


At around 10:30 PM, we finished the hike.  This was Sage and me at the trailhead.  We were so excited to have completed the long traverse!

Photo by Trish Herr

I have never been sorer than I was that night.  My thighs hurt so much that I could barely lift up my knees.  It felt so amazing to sit in a car after such a long day.  We had a very tiring but great hike!
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Don't forget to check out Sage's blog!  We take turns writing the trip reports, so this blog only contains half our current hikes; Sage's blog contains the other half.

Liberty and Flume
2/16/2019
Liberty Springs Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Around 11 Miles
4,250 Feet of Elevation Gain

We now start our hikes a bit later than we did in the past.  I think this is because we are trying to let ourselves sleep in more.  It is really nice, at least for me, to start the hike in daylight instead of before the sun appears; when we start our hike and it is light outside, I feel more energetic and determined to begin than when it is dark.  

It was fairly cold this day, so I tried not to take too many pictures; when I take my hands out of my mittens in low-temperature weather, they start feeling numb, tingly, and then painful real quick.

Although there were some wispy clouds here and there, we could see well enough.  The views that we witnessed were beautiful.  We had to break out the trail, but between the peaks on the way back, we ran into other hikers.  After that, the trail became more and more packed out as others hiked on the trail too.

Also, it was amazing to know that we were walking on treetops right beneath the snow.


There was the summit of Liberty!  I love how the rocks look in the following image:



Some mysterious-looking views...



This was Sage and me on Liberty's summit:

Photo by Trish Herr


Mom and Sage on Liberty:


We were in fairly high spirits when we got to Flume.  We discussed the possibility of going down the Flume Slide, but we decided that it would be too dangerous.  We therefore went back up over Liberty and down Liberty Springs Trail.  






After we went back to Liberty and started heading down, I began feeling warmer.



Back at the car!


We had a nice hike of Liberty and Flume.  The views were pretty, and the packed-out terrain on the way back (we met more hikers on the trail) made our hike easier for the way down.
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Eisenhower
2/3/2019
Crawford Path and Mount Eisenhower Loop
9.5 Miles Round-Trip
Around 3,200 Feet of Elevation Gain

Don't forget to check out Sage's blog.  She and I take turns writing trip reports.

Mom and I hiked without Sage last Sunday; she was not feeling it that day.  We decided to hike Eisenhower, a mountain we needed for the Grid.  

It seemed like an average day in terms of temperature and general weather conditions.


I was glad the trail was packed out so well.



We both were feeling good when we encountered this sign: 


We kept going...


We didn't do Pierce today, because we didn't need it for February for the Grid.  When we got close to the ridge, we met a man who had turned back due to not being able to find the trail.  We decided to try ourselves, and we encouraged him to come after us if he still wanted to get Eisenhower.


It was very cloudy up there, so the visibility was not great.  We managed to find the pathway for a while, though, by following indentations in the deep and drifted snow, looking for the tops of cairns, etc.





The snow in my hair...




We laughed at how little of this cairn shows from under the snow (Mom used her pole to write "CAIRN" with an arrow).  As you can see, finding the way was not easy.



A little ice formation...


Another miniscule cairn-top...


We stayed on the trail for a while, but at some point, we strayed from the path and ended up on a little hill.  The actual trail bypasses that mountainous bump, so we ended up doing more work than we had to on this hike.  Also, the man we crossed paths with earlier caught up to us just before the bump, and we tried to find the way together.

While we were up there, the clouds cleared for a few minutes, and we could see Eisenhower right in front of us.


That's the fellow who caught up with us looking around after we got stuck on the hill...


After a little while, another group of hikers, who had followed our tracks, used their GPS to determine the exact location of the trail.  It turns out we were around 100-150 feet to the right of the path.  We made our way left until we found the trail again.



Taken by the man who was hiking with us for a bit up Eisenhower

It was gratifying to see this intersection!


Up we went...




We were tired from breaking out the trail all the way from Pierce, and we were happy to be on the summit of Eisenhower.  We had a delicious snack on the summit and then headed down a bit to have water.

Taken by a friendly hiker

The trip back from Eisenhower was a breeze compared to our hike to Eisenhower from Pierce.  I couldn't believe how fast it felt!


When we were descending past Pierce, we saw a confident gray jay...


I captured this comical picture of it flying rather close to my head...


There it is again!  Its wings look great in this photo.




We had a great hike!  We saw many people too, which made the trip more enjoyable.

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Last Saturday (1/26/2019), I gave a talk at the AMC Annual Summit about my hiking adventures and my perspective on hiking with kids, as someone who has been hiking since I was a little girl.  I am grateful to AMC for giving me the opportunity to present, and I had a great time giving the talk.



For anyone who doesn't know, my younger sister, Sage, has her own hiking blog as well.  Her blog is called Sage's White Mountain Treks.  She is 13, and we take turns posting every week.  Check out Sage's blog at sageswhitemountaintreks.blogspot.com


North and South Kinsman
1/28/2019
 Lonesome Lake, Cascade Brook, Fishin' Jimmy, and Kinsman Ridge Trail
10.0 Miles Round-Trip
3,550 Feet of Elevation Gain


This hike felt fairly colder than the others we have done this season.  

We got a late start, so the sun rose before we arrived at the trailhead.  This made it psychologically easier for me to feel motivated.


We started the hike with snowshoes as traction, and we kept them on all day; only a couple people had been on the fresh snow before us.


The trailhead for Lonesome Lake Trail:


The sign marking the first intersection was buried in snow.  Impressive!


The sky was pretty during those morning hours...





Soon enough, we got to Lonesome Lake.  We walked across it; a thick layer of snow covered the sturdy ice.  It made me slightly nervous to traverse a lake, but many other hikers had recently done it, so I was confident about our safety.


Here is a video of me crossing the lake:



Before ascending North Kinsman, Mom and I put on our puffies and balaclavas.  Sage wasn't cold, so she just kept wearing her fleece.  We all took out our hand warmers.  Mom felt especially cold, more so than normal, so we tried to put on layers quickly.

 


The scenery we witnessed on our ascent of North Kinsman was beautiful.











Sage and me on the North Kinsman climb:

Photo by Trish Herr
I felt good when we arrived at the summit of North Kinsman, except my hands were very cold.  Mom's hands were frigid as well.  Sage's, as usual, felt fine.  She is not as sensitive to low temperatures.


Photo by Trish Herr

Somewhere in the col of North and South Kinsman, Mom began feeling ill, and she continually felt colder than she does normally on hikes.  We kept going steadily.

This is Sage and me on South Kinsman.  As you can see, Sage put on more layers before being exposed on South Kinsman.

Photo by Trish Herr

The summit cairn:


Mom began feeling better when we were on the descent.  She did not feel 100% better for a while, though.


I could still see beautiful views through the trees.


The state of your hair after you take off your balaclava:



When we got back to the car, I took pictures of my boots; they looked nice with snow coating them.


Overall, the hike was pretty nice, although the temperatures were cold and Mom didn't feel very well that day.  

I hope all you viewers have a wonderful week!

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Wildcat D
12/29/2018
Wildcat ski trails
7.4 miles round-trip
Around 2,100 feet of elevation gain

It was an average winter day at the Wildcat ski area.  Thankfully, the weather was nice, and it wasn't too cold.  The only downside was the wind, but we didn't feel it that much.

I had a mild cold, so we did Wildcat D instead of a more difficult hike; I didn't want my health to worsen. 


We enjoyed a nice view of resting clouds.




I remember this hill every time we hike this mountain.


The cloud formations were beautiful...




Mom remarked that the clouds here resembled ice cream or mashed potatoes with a little bump in the middle.



The morning air was ripe and refreshing, and the scenery was staggeringly beautiful.



We arrived at the summit of Wildcat D with elevated spirits.






We had a great day!  I hope I get better soon, though.  Happy Holidays, everyone!
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Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail.  About 12.4 miles (including the road walk) and 3300 feet of elevation gain.

Mom and I did this one without Sage; she is bogged down with schoolwork and we are close to our midterms, so she had to stay home to get things done (she is still on track to finish the Grid before going to college, though).  I have tons to do before midterms as well, but I had time to quickly hike this morning.  However, I will have to just put pictures here of our hike as a record of me getting Garfield in December.  Exams loom, so there isn't much time for blogging.

To sum up our hike -- it was a warm day (though windy and cold on the summit) and we wore snowshoes the whole time since the snow was soft.  We left at 6:10am and got back to the car by 12:30pm.  Here are the photos!






















Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr












Photo by Trish Herr


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