Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2010-07-18

Climber: Thomas Carlile

Date:Sunday, July 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

My girlfriend and I went on this hike with 6 other friends. We stayed at the Waterest Campground in Woodstock the night before. We drove to the trailhead, and got started at about 10:30 AM.

We took the Old Bridle Path up, and took a short break when the trees first give way just before the "agonies". We got to Greenleaf Hut, and spent about 30-45 minutes eating lunch, refilling our water, and resting. The rest of the hike to the summit was in the beautiful, above treeline Alpine Zone. Once at the summit we took in the views for 15 minutes or so, and then headed along the ridge to Mount Lincoln.

We were a bit disappointed once we could see the summit, because it seemed to be in a cloud. Despite a bit of fogginess past the Greenleaf Hut, the weather cleared by the time we reached the summit, giving us great views.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3460 ft / 1054 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
A nice day, partly cloudy, but the views were unimpeded.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3460 ft / 1054 m
    Start Trailhead:1780 ft / 542 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Ridge 2010 #2 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette2010-07-183460 ft / 1055 m
2Mount Lincoln2010-07-18440 ft / 134 m
2Mount Truman2010-07-18 
3Little Haystack2010-07-18 
Total Trip Gain: 3900 ft / 1189 m

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