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Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2021-01-01

Climber: Nicholas Belanger

Date:Friday, January 1, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a day! Probably said exactly that 50 times today. We knew the ridge would be a bit busy on New Year’s Day but it was too perfect of a day...we had to.

Watch ??cut off a little bit of the ascent (tsk tsk 0/1 so far), but it went pretty quick. The summit of Lafayette was gorgeous, probably one of the clearest days we’ve had up there! Walked happily across the ridge soaking it all in. THIS is the way to start a new year!

Got to some jogging on the way down. It’s been a while since we’ve been on falling waters and I never realized how smooth 80% of it is. We cruised at a good jog/skip as much as we could, except for some of the icier spots. My spikes haven’t been sharpened in 2.5 years ?? so I was skating! Saw some of the usual “Ridge Folk” a mile from the car park asking how far to the summit, “is this the 3 mile loop?” among others ?????.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3432 ft / 1045 m
    Total Elevation Loss:592 ft / 180 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3182 ft / 969 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Old Bridle Path
    Start Trailhead:Falling Waters/OBP  2058 ft / 627 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:592 ft / 180 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 342 ft / 105 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Between Lafayette and Lincoln  4898 ft / 1492 m
    Time:20 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 01Jan2021 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
 Mount Lincoln2021-01-01291 ft / 89 m
1Mount Lafayette2021-01-013432 ft / 1046 m
3Little Haystack2021-01-0187 ft / 27 m
Total Trip Gain: 3810 ft / 1162 m    Total Trip Loss: 4063 ft / 1238 m



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