Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2007-04-22
|Date:||Sunday, April 22, 2007|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||5240 ft / 1597 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe group was solid dynamically, with the new & veteran hikers staying together, and getting to the ridge and Little Haystack Mountain (4780', not on the 48 list of 4000 footers) w/o one problem. We met NEHAAG member Frank with his lady friend as we continued on the incredibly beautiful open ridge to bag Mt Lincoln, on the list at 5089' and then slog up to summit Mt Lafayette at 5260'. Three mountains completed in a warm, sunny day with sincere congratulations to all in our group for successfully completing this big hike of 8.9 miles, 3900' of elevation gain, that was completed in 9 hours.
This was a great hike. I'm thankful that the weather was good- it really couldn't have been better. Even though this was a 5000 ft elevation hike, it had level terrain in spots where you could catch a break and recharge.
Spring hiking is interesting. The temperature was about 75 degrees, a warm breeze for a change, and snow under our feet. It was beautiful. Many of us wish for dry trails and the snow to be gone, but take it as it comes! Those soft snow trails cover up all those rocks and tree roots. A whole new experience keeping it interesting.
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