rasgoat wrote:Second, If you do plan on hiking Haystack in a day in winter, you best be in amazing shape.
Aren't most climbers in "amazing" shape, relatively speaking? Haystack in a day is kinda long, but it's only 18 miles, most of which are pretty flat. As long as the trails are broken out you'd have to move pretty flippin' slow to take more than 12 hours on that hike. I am far from the fittest guy out there, but I hike quickly, pack light, don't make BS stops, and I'd probably take about 8 hours to do Haystack in these conditions. Someone in truly "amazing shape" could bang it out in under 6 hours, easy.