Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2012-07-29

Climber: Seth Holbrook

Date:Sunday, July 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

The drive in from the south had us second guessing as it was quite cloudy. Hit the trail a little after 8. The beginning is quite level with good footing and it was easy going. Intensity increases as you venture up onto a ridge during the approach to the Greenleaf Hut. There are several nice cliffs to take in the scenic views along the way.

We stopped for an early lunch at the hut (they have water) before continuing on to the Greenleaf Trail. The approach to Lafayette is steep once you get above treeline. The entire summit was enveloped in clouds and numerous false summits made the hike intriguing.

Visibility improved as we ventured onward along the Franconia Ridge Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Lafayette Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette2012-07-29
2Mount Truman2012-07-29
3Mount Lincoln2012-07-29
4Little Haystack2012-07-29

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