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Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2011-11-27

Climber: Don Cook

Date:Sunday, November 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

counter-clockwise loop from Lafayette Place trail head. Falling Waters Trail; over Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette. Started at 7am. Cascades were beautiful! We took our time to the summit of Haystack, arriving at 11:14. Had lunch, bundled up, and hiked the ridge over to Lincoln and then Lafayette. Descending from Lafayette was brutal; as soon as we did the up and over a strong wind (70mph sustained) kicked up. It took us well over an hour to reach treeline as we were completely exposed. The trip down Old Bridle Path was icy, muddy and slippery. We slowly picked our way down and made it back to the trailhead parking lot just after dark at 4:30pm. A tough loop to complete safely (for us) unless you get a very early start.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Very Windy on exposed ridge
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Ridge Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Little Haystack2011-11-27
2Mount Lincoln2011-11-27
3Mount Lafayette2011-11-27



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