Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2012-08-14

Climber: Gabriel C

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
    Total Elevation Gain:3525 ft / 1074 m
    Total Elevation Loss:365 ft / 110 m
    Round-Trip 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
    Gain on way in:3525 ft / 1074 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3480 ft / 1061 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Old bridle path, Greenleaf trail
    Start Trailhead:Lafayette Place Campground  1760 ft / 536 m
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:320 ft / 97 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Franconia ridge trail
    End Trailhead:Mount Truman key col  4920 ft / 1499 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Notch (August 2012) (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cannon Mountain2012-08-13 a2353 ft / 717 m
2Cannon Mountain - East Peak2012-08-13 b106 ft / 32 m
3Mount Lafayette2012-08-14 a3525 ft / 1074 m
4Mount Truman2012-08-14 b80 ft / 24 m
5Mount Lincoln2012-08-14 c169 ft / 52 m
6Little Haystack2012-08-14 d70 ft / 21 m
7Mount Liberty2012-08-14 e379 ft / 116 m
8Mount Flume2012-08-14 f504 ft / 154 m
9North Kinsman Mountain2012-08-15 a2833 ft / 863 m
10South Kinsman Mountain2012-08-15 b318 ft / 97 m
11North Kinsman Mountain2012-08-15 c553 ft / 169 m
Total Trip Gain: 10890 ft / 3319 m    Total Trip Loss: 10890 ft / 3317 m

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