Ascent to Mount Lafayette-Just short of the Hut on 2009-10-17

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Stacey Kenfield
Ashley Winn
Meredith Barnhart
Aaron Davis
Dave Olinsky
Joel Gritts
Laura Huizinga
Kelly Beck
Date:Saturday, October 17, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Lafayette - Just short of the Hut
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3937 ft / 1199 m
    Remaining Elevation:1303 ft / 398 m (38% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This hike was doomed from the beginning. We took longer than we should have setting up camp at Lafayette place, and so didn't start hiking until after noon. It rained the entire day. We were all soaked immediately, and it didn't let up at all while we were hiking. We did get some fantastic views of the fog rolling over the ridge, but the wind was blowing cold, so we didn't linger much. Just before the hut, several people in the group said they weren't feeling well, as they hadn't eaten breakfast. I headed back to camp with 2 of the girls, and the rest of the group headed on to the hut. They didn't go past the hut as the exposure was very poor conditions. We got back to camp and made a fire to try to dry out and warm up. I ended up burning my shoes when the wind shifted and blew the fire into them.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2162 ft / 658 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Old Bridle Trail
    Trailhead:Lafayette Campground  1775 ft / 541 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Heavy rain
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Ridge 10/09

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Mount Lafayette2009-10-17
2Cannon Mountain2009-10-18

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