Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2018-04-14

Climber: Nicholas Belanger

Date:Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

Went up to NH with more ambitious goals, however April decided to bring in a serious winter storm. Decided to go for the Franconia notch loop regardless to test out long(ish) winter hiking abilities. Our microspikes were necessary all the way throughout the falling waters trail, across the ridge, and down Greenleaf trail/Old Bridle Path. About 75% of the way between Lincoln and Lafayette we were hit with some serious gusts (at least 70mph) from the Northeast (could see the storm coming over the Presis). at this point our facemasks and goggles were needed as we were getting pelted with freezing rain. Made the whole loop in decent time (7h30m).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3772 ft / 1149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Mount Lincoln  5080 ft / 1548 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3772 ft / 1149 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    End Trailhead:1468 ft / 447 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Winter 4/14

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Mount Truman2018-04-0480 ft / 24 m
1Little Haystack2018-04-143021 ft / 921 m
2Mount Lincoln2018-04-14330 ft / 101 m
3Mount Lafayette2018-04-14160 ft / 49 m
Total Trip Gain: 3591 ft / 1095 m    Total Trip Loss: 3772 ft / 1150 m

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