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What was good in theory wasn't so good in practice. The super warm temperatures severely softened up the snow, and I started postholing even with my snowshoes on. This turned the trudge back into a very tiring affair, and we were fairly sure Linda and Mark would be long gone by the time we got back to the Garden.
Crossing Johns Brook
A welcoming party
As it turned out, we were wrong. Mark and Linda had waited - a whole forty minutes of waiting - and had a couple of beer waiting for us. We thanked them profusely for the beer and for inviting us on this hike (which we definetely wouldn't have done had they not suggested it). We exchanged hugs and handshakes and went our separate ways, hoping to hike again the coming weekend -- the last winter weekend of 2007! Hopefully we'll squeeze a couple more peaks in!

Thanks again guys - Alex, Mark and Linda. A most excellent, excellent hike!
Interactive Trackmap with Photo points - Basin & Saddleback via Chicken Coop Brook - Click map to expand
Basin via Chicken Coop Brk
Start Time: 6:18a.m.
End Time: 4:05p.m.
Duration: 9h47m
Distance: 22.86 km (14.21 mi)
Average Speed: 2.3 km/hr (1.5 mph)
Start Elevation: 1620ft (494m) *
Max Elevation: 4927ft (1502m) *
Min Elevation: 1514ft (462m) *
End Elevation: 1521ft (463m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 3867ft (1179m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 3953ft (1205m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Elevation profile over Distance
Elevation profile over Time
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