nartreb wrote:Doing it in 2 days is tough, because there is no good place to camp (legally) without losing a lot of altitude. You've got the RMC shelters/campsites on Adams (pretty far north), or the campsites beside the Mizpah hut (in addition to the hut itself) (pretty far south), and that's about it. Allegedly there's a small spot just below treeline on the Jewell trail, I haven't scouted it.
It's a ridgeline, there is not a lot of water. All huts and campsites are located beside a water supply, but there's basically nothing in between.
shuttle: check the AMC site. Not sure whether it still runs in October.
Weather: Definitely be prepared for cold nights. In october, expect snow to fall, especially at night, but not accumulate much. (Actually, october 5th is pretty early - you might not see any snow.) Also be prepared for absolutely bone-chilling rain with strong wind and thick fog. But sometimes it's incredibly gorgeous, sunny and in the sixties in the daytime.
Escape routes: take a look at the map. All ravine routes are steep, even when there's a trail in them. (The Huntington Ravine trail is possibly the steepest trail still open in the Whites.) May not work when injured or just very tired. You generally want to stay out of the Great Gulf and the Dry River Wilderness - just a very very long walk out (on not-so-well-maintained trails), even when there's no problems with water crossings.
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