Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2012-08-14

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Others in Party:Luiza Manceau
Date:Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

The second day of our trip started early. We woke up around 6:45am and slowly got things going. Breakfast was eaten fast and we prepped the day's gear.

We left the camping at 7:55am on the Old Bridle path. The air was already pretty damp and we knew the temperature would rise in the afternoon. Still, the first part was easy in the trees' shade. We bunny-hopped with another group when we started climbing along the more open ridge and had to stop once because my chest trap was starting to chafe my nipples (first time this ever happened to me). It took us 2 hours to reach Greenleaf hut and as we reached it we smelled the aroma of pancakes. We stopped to eat a snack for about 20 minutes and then resumed our ascent on Greenleaf trail towards Mt. Lafayette at 10:15am.

We soon caught back on the earlier group and were in turn caught by a solo guy going pretty fast. We held on to him until just past Mt. Lincoln. The last leg going up was straightforward and the trail itself wasn't impressive to me. We got to the summit at 11:10am. The view from the top though was a different case. The sky was clear but the humid air made for a short view distance. We could see most of the Pemigewasset wilderness and its encircling range and it was a beautiful panorama. We took a few pictures and resumed down towards Mt. Truman along Franconia Ridge trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3525 ft / 1074 m
    Elevation Loss:365 ft / 111 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3525 ft / 1074 m
    Extra Loss:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Old bridle path, Greenleaf trail
    Trailhead:Lafayette Place Campground  1760 ft / 536 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:320 ft / 98 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Franconia ridge trail
    Trailhead:Mount Truman key col  4920 ft / 1499 m
    Time Down:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Notch (August 2012) (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cannon Mountain2012-08-13 a
2Cannon Mountain-East Peak2012-08-13 b
3Mount Lafayette2012-08-14 a
4Mount Truman2012-08-14 b
5Mount Lincoln2012-08-14 c
6Little Haystack2012-08-14 d
7Mount Liberty2012-08-14 e
8Mount Flume2012-08-14 f
9North Kinsman Mountain2012-08-15 a
10South Kinsman Mountain2012-08-15 b
11North Kinsman Mountain2012-08-15 c

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