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DownSideFX Near white out, sketchy!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2013
Headed up on 3/23, lots of snow on the trails but it wasn't nearly as windy as the parking lot. Once we got past the Greenleaf Hut the wind picked up. Visibility dropped to about 15-20 feet at times nearing the summit, we turned around probably 50 yards shy as the visibility was rough.. could barely find the rock pyramids but made it back to the hut in about 30 minutes. Definitely one of the dicier situations I've been in, glad we were dressed appropriately minus goggles. Heading down was a blast, the trails were basically long glissade chutes, covered 50-100 yards at one point in a matter of seconds :)
Posted Mar 25, 2013 3:33 pm

joseyinnetwhite out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2013


Tried to do this a few years ago during torrential rain, and ended up destroying my boots. A lot easier to do in the snow. Pretty windy at the top.
Posted Mar 8, 2013 9:26 am

mtneering2 decades  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 1993


Been my 4 seasons traingin grounds for two decades
Posted Feb 14, 2013 8:18 pm

CaribouBorealToo much snow!
Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2013
Not successful. Almost got to the tree line of little haystack. Hard hard work to move through 3 feet++ of snow. Windy. Traces disappeared behind us. 7 hours return. Would have taken 20 hours to go around.
Posted Feb 11, 2013 9:35 am

ken93no snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2011


nice views
Posted Nov 23, 2012 10:48 am

ljbaileynice hike  Sucess!


would love to do this hike in the winter
Posted Nov 16, 2012 11:41 pm

ajberryRidge traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2012


A nice walk, despite low cloud and drizzle...
Posted Oct 27, 2012 12:50 pm

RedwicFranconia Ridge Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2012


With all of the primary goals accomplished for my big NE USA trip, I had several days for garbage time (i.e. extra peakbagging and CoHPing, and sightseeing). Mount Lafayette had been previously recommended to me, with its large prominence being the carrot that led this rabbit to it. I did the trail traverse that crossed multiple named hills. After the nice morning hike, I drove south... first to Worcester (MA) for a hockey-related visit and then to Rhode Island for a couple of CoHPs (Bristol, Newport).
Posted Sep 18, 2012 12:53 am

LaronFlume to Garfield traverse  Sucess!


Summit #5 on a traverse from Flume to Garfield. Great fun!
Posted Aug 21, 2012 10:53 am

JRaphaelsonRoute Climbed: Franconia Ridge Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011


Hiked the classic Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette. The first time was cloudy and rainy. Did it a little under a year later and was graced with a perfect day with almost no crowds.
Posted Jun 25, 2012 11:18 am

apePemi loop backpack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011
Did a Pemi Loop over 2.5 days with a couple of friends. Going counter clockwise, camped at Guyot and Garfield tent sites. Saw an awesome lightning over a town to the north storm from Garfield; got hailed on in a lightning storm on the way out on the last day. Had a bottle of Bowmore with us.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 4:39 pm

technicolorNHFranconia Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2012


Did a slightly longer version of the usual circuit loop by adding Mt Liberty too. Parked at Liberty Springs, climbed up to Liberty then across the ridgeline over to Lincoln and Lafayette. Was glad the caretaker at the hut (Kate) left out some pop tarts to buy. I was famished. Down Bridle Path and then an easy walk on the multi use path in the notch back to the Liberty Springs campsite. Eight hours round trip.
Posted May 24, 2012 1:54 pm

cbeatsIcy summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2012


Large ice slab about 100 feet from the summit turned most people without crampons and/or an axe around. Trail below treeline was well packed - great views along the ridge.
Posted Jan 31, 2012 1:01 pm

mbfox13Franconia Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2012
Fun loop starting from Falling Waters and then the Haystack to Lincoln to Lafayette Ridge and down the Greenleaf trail. Excessive winds at the summit on top of low temperatures. All around a great climb though
Posted Jan 29, 2012 7:33 pm

damgaardwindy...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2011


Hiked the classic Haystack-Lincoln-Lafayette loop with my father. Strong winds on the ridge but nice autumn views.
Posted Nov 2, 2011 4:27 pm

JimWallaceFranconia Ridge excitement  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2011


Climbed the whole range with some friends. It was a remarkable trek with very nice scenery.I'm looking forward to a winter return
Posted Oct 18, 2011 7:50 pm

JshawQuick trip over the ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011


The weather started out muggy and warm on the Falling Waters Trail. Water level high from all the rain the two days before and I forgot my gators. My left foot took a dunk in the first river crossing. I was able to take some nice photos from Little Haystack then the clouds rolled in, wind picked up and some hail was thrown in too. I scooted along pretty quickly and didn't spend much time on Lincoln or Lafayette summits. The Greenleaf Hut was great. Ate my lunch and warmed up before heading down Old Bridal Path. I would have loved to have been there on a nice day.
Posted Oct 17, 2011 7:36 pm

joshvillenGreenleaf  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011
Hiked via greenleaf trail, dropped pack at summit and ran over to Lincoln.
Posted Aug 9, 2011 4:01 pm

PaulRomanoFranconia Ridge Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2010


Did the standard Franconia Ridge traverse coming up Falling Waters over Little Haystack and down Old Bridle Path. Started at 10:30am and was down by 5:00pm.
Posted Jul 17, 2011 6:10 pm

RhythmicMomTraining hike for son's West Coast trail trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008


This hike was organized by one of my friends as a day trip from Boston. I decided to join along with my son, with his backpack full of all his gear in preparation for a week-long hiking trip he was going to take in August of same year with his dad. The weather was good, though at the top it was windy and cloudy. I ended up carrying the pack half the way - fun! We had a chance to test his new stove and taste a couple of the dry-freeze meals - we loved both that we tested! Awesome views from the ridge, and some really nice photos!
Posted May 31, 2011 7:05 pm

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