Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2010-10-09

Climber: Wesley Barry

Others in Party:Erika McKenna
Tiffany & Vlado Gareski
Date:Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started this classic Franconia Ridge loop hike at 7:50am. The weather was not ideal but not bad either. There were some flurries along the trail. The waterfalls were beautiful as recent rain had probably fed them. As we approached the summit of Little Haystack there were a lot of hikers turning back who either did not have the right gear for above tree line or just did not want to attempt the ridge crossing. It was very windy and cold but we all suited up and made it across without any problems. We were back at the car by around 5:30pm. We spent a good amount of time relaxing at the hut on the way down. This was Erika's first 4000-footer hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:621 ft / 188 m
    Elevation Loss:3930 ft / 1197 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:457 ft / 139 m
    Extra Loss:306 ft / 93 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Mount Lincoln  5089 ft / 1551 m
    Time Up:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3624 ft / 1104 m
    Extra Gain:164 ft / 49 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Greenleef Trail, Old Bridle Path
    Trailhead:Old Bridle Path Trailhead  1780 ft / 542 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 33 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lincoln/Lafayette Loop Hike

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Little Haystack2010-10-09
2Mount Lincoln2010-10-09
3Mount Lafayette2010-10-09

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