Mount Lafayette Climber's Log
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|Bill562||Route Climbed: Falling Waters Date Climbed: August 2002|
|Nice hike up the steep trail to Franconia Ridge and with the crowds from there.|
|Posted Oct 3, 2003 5:19 pm|
|dp||Route Climbed: Franconia ridge traverse (both directions) Date Climbed: multiple times, 1970's|
|Until I went out west, this was my favorite hike. Multiple ascents in the summer, one ill fated attempt in the winter (terrible weather- we never got even close to tree line and became drenched on our second day of camping when the temperature suddenly rose about 15 degrees. We dried out a day later in an all-night laundromat in Littleton), but each time was great.|
|Posted Aug 31, 2003 1:33 am|
|Flanders||Route Climbed: Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: Sept 2002|
|Climbed when clouds were rolling in and over Franconia Ridge - very appealing to the eyes.|
|Posted Aug 22, 2003 11:10 am|
|Drazil||Route Climbed: Enroute from Garfield Ridge Tentsite to Lincold Woods Parking Lot. Date Climbed: 05-July-2003|
|Magical ! Must return in the winter.|
|Posted Jul 7, 2003 8:29 am|
|big_g||Route Climbed: AT |
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2000
|Hit this one on my 2000 AT thruhike amid some serious ripping wind.|
|Posted Mar 3, 2003 6:22 pm|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: Old Bridle Path/Franconia Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: September 23, 2002|
|Started climbing at about 9 am in cloudy, drizzly weather. We decided to the Franconia Ridge Traverse and do Lafayette first. No views until about halfway up Agony Ridge where we saw the clouds streaming along following the contour of the ridges. Decided to take a break about .1 miles from the hut but as we reached the Greenleaf Hut the winds picked up and clouds socked us in. We decided to take another break and warm up in the hut.|
I had never done a "hut" experience before but decided that a clean restroom, warm suroundings, attractive female hutworkers, some food and a quick game of chess with my climbing buddy was kinda cool.
After about an hour, we decided to press on and as we passed Eagle Lake and started the final push to the summit, the clouds started breaking up. By the time we hit the summit, we had some decent views over to Lincoln. Talked to an AT thru-hiker up top and then headed on over to Lincoln........
|Posted Sep 30, 2002 8:28 pm|
|mjm2167||Route Climbed: Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: 5/13/95 First time|
|Still one of my Favorite winter climes! Or any time of year for that matter.|
|Posted Sep 16, 2002 6:35 pm|
|Archangl||Route Climbed: Loop, Ascend Old Bridle Path, Descend Falling Waters Date Climbed: June 29, 2002|
|This is a great hike with substantial reward for minimum effort. I do agree that the carnival like atmosphere in the summer (there were no less than 100 people on the trail) significantly detracts from the experience. This overuse will undoubtedly lead to increased environmental damage.|
|Posted Jul 15, 2002 10:40 am|
|RoyZR||Route Climbed: Bridle Path Date Climbed: early March 2002|
|Beautiful winter hike... with great conditions we tagged Mt. Lincoln as well.|
|Posted May 10, 2002 1:34 pm|
|tedde1||Route Climbed: several Date Climbed: many|
|A great climb especially in the winter, one of the best ridges to run in the East|
|Posted Mar 27, 2002 2:28 pm|
|schadik||Route Climbed: Do not recall. Date Climbed: 1986|
|Posted Mar 9, 2002 11:59 am|
|EastKing||Route Climbed: Falling Water, Franconia Ridge, Greenleaf, Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: 5/27/99 and 6/16/01|
|First time I hiked this mountain it took me twelve hours because I went with two people who had never even seen a mountain before (They were intimidated by mountains "hills" in Maryland). The visibility was good at 60 miles from Franconia Ridge and I had a clear shot at Mt. Washington and Mt. Mooselauke.|
The second time I hiked up this mountain it took me about six hours because I did it solo. That time the haze from hot June day cut the view to until twenty miles, which made Mt. Washington not visible to see.
Both times were hot with no wind, rain, snow or hail. I guess I am lucky when it comes to weather. I still consider this mountain my favorite and may try it winter if the weather is good. Luckily I only live a couple miles away.
|Posted Feb 10, 2002 7:48 pm|
|John||Route Climbed: Loop, up Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2001|
|Getting a late start out of Boston, I decided to head up to Lafayette vs. Washington since it would get me on the trail an hour earlier. I've wanted to a winter traverse of the Franconia Ridge for a while so this was a good opportunity. Predictably, it took me 2 hours from Brighton (Boston) to the trailhead and I started hiking around 10 am.|
The weather was nice on the hike up the Old Bridle Path, however, I could see clouds along the ridge on the way up. When I got to the Greenleaf Hut, the ridge looked clear, however, hikers coming down told me that they had low visibility up there. By the time I got up to the top of Lafayette, visiblity dropped and would remain at 30-120 feet across the ridge. While I ran into 7 people near the top, after Lafayette I would have the entire ridge and hike down to myself. Sometimes Windstopper is not enough, and this was one of those times. With 40 mph winds and low visibility, I also found that my water was freezing inside my pack. Needless to say, I didn't take too many photos on the ridge until I got to Little Haystack, at which time I was happy to duck back into the trees for a nice hike out. I saw about 20 people the entire day. Due to the usual heavy foot traffic, trails below treeline were well packed out while the trail above treeline was very evident. I brought an axe and crampons but did not use them. I'm glad I didn't consider bringing snowshoes, though after reading about several Harvard students being stranded overnight up there during March 2001, I did take a sleeping bag and nylon sheet which provided some peace of mind on the ridge. Some people wore plastic boots and brought poles but these weren't really necessary either.
Afterwards, I made my traditional stop at Chieng's Garden Chinese restaurant for dinner in Lincoln, NH. Always a nice stop after a cold hike.
|Posted Dec 31, 2001 1:47 am|
|mconnell||Route Climbed: Loop, up Falling Waters Date Climbed: June 1999|
|Did the loop early in the morning, leaving the trailhead at about 5:30am. About half a dozen people on top, although I passed close to a hundred below the hut.|
|Posted Sep 14, 2001 12:35 pm|
|Josh||Route Climbed: Probably all of them Date Climbed: Probably a dozen times, 1992-1998|
|I've climbed Lafayette in the winter, at night, during a snow storm, on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike... I've been alone on the summit several times, and I've shared it with a hundred other people.|
My first time up Lafayette was probably the most memorable. I was 16 years old when a friend (also 16) and I decided that hiking looked cool. Neither of us had a clue about what to expect. Our only experience was from James Fenimore Cooper and Louis L'Amour books. With far more enthusiasm than foresight, we planned a two-day loop hike through the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area.
I didn't carry a sleeping bag in those days because they didn't use such things in the "Last of the Mohicans." However, we did carry a masks, snorkels, and a hatchet (We'd seen photos of the crystal clear streams and thought that snorkeling in them would be fun. And, of course, what woodsman doesn't carry a hatchet?).
On the hike, we had most of our food stolen by a bear, drank untreated, mosquito larvae infested beaver pond water, cooked over little fires we made in the middle of the trail, and got no sleep at all. But...we made it! I've been hooked ever since.
|Posted Sep 6, 2001 7:53 pm|
|John||Route Climbed: Loop twice, Old Bridle Path only once Date Climbed: 1999, 1998, 1997|
|This is a nice hike outside of the summer carnival season. Great weather during 2 loop hikes. Turned around the other time after reaching the summit due to the high wind, low temps, and low visibility. The first thing I did when I got back was buy an OR Windstopper Neve hat since my normal fleece hat was useless against the wind.|
|Posted Sep 6, 2001 7:25 pm|