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 Lincoln and Lafayette - and of course, Little Haystack 
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Despite my sinus infection and the lingering effects of bronchitis, and Cathie's ankle instability
we had been out together for the past 5 weeks (or 6 - nice to now have lost count). :)
We are on a roll and decided to take the beautiful day before the more beautiful day and hit the
Franconia Ridge high points.

Up and out at our usual 6 am got us on and off the trail before most others. We basically
had the trails to ourselves and despite our snail's pace made it out before zero-dark-thirty.
Took lots of breaks: some for pictures, some for videos, some for you know, breathing and
lessening the head pounding. All in all another stellar day in the woods, on the trails,
along the ridge walk and on top of the ice that I'm pretty sure will be there til July.

First brook crossing on Walker Brook....made easy by the bridge :wink:
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Another crossing. Tricky only if you happen to step on the icy rocks. Of course,
since the wet rocks look exactly like the icy rocks it was a crap shoot.
Unless you had waterproof boots and just marched through. Heavier, but glad to have 'em on.
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Stairs Falls
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Cathie crossing like a boss at Swiftwater Falls
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And, of course, Cloudland Falls
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Heading up past Cloudland. We were concerned that this might be icy but as you can see
it was no problem. I put traction on just past this point.
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In fact, shot this pic when I took my pack off to get the spikes. I wore 'em for a bit
then switched to the big guns. Cathie wore her spikes until our descent past the hut.
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Yep. Still icy.
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With the traction it wasn't a problem at all. IDK how Cathie made it in spikes but I was
much more comfortable in the hillsounds when we got to the sloped stuff like this.
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Cathie looking toward Lincoln. This photo is NOT doctored, photo shopped or otherwise enhanced.
The sky was so. freakin. blue!
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And the colors on the ground weren't too shabby either.
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I huffed and puffed and busted my a** to enjoy this traverse.
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Looking back
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We took more than 37,000 of these yesterday. So I'm told.
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Gargoyl-esque
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Busy junction. Surprisingly not crowded when we arrived.
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Lunch time view. Hard to beat. HA HA. Note the rubber band on my boot.
That was to hold my pant leg away from the hillsounds, until I get a better system.
Haven't found gaiters I like. Yet.
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Chillin - like villains.
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I generally hike to escape civilization, but this was a pretty cool sight.
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Cathie has a better shot. The way to the hut, once in the scrub, was like a roller coaster of iciness.
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This is the side of the trail on OBP
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A parting shot back at Walker Brook
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Sweet! Great minds think alike. :wink: Almost did that yesterday but opted for just Lafeet via the Skook.
Love that trail. I'm pissed though, I had clouds. :evil: 8)

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Kathy wrote:
Note the rubber band on my boot.
That was to hold my pant leg away from the hillsounds, until I get a better system.


Duct tape. :D

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Note the rubber band on my boot.
That was to hold my pant leg away from the hillsounds, until I get a better system.


Duct tape. :D

First off, I am impressed that you used the correct term. Thank you. And second, I almost used duct tape. But I had the rubber bands in my bag - holding the hillhounds together so I tried that. Didn't work so well.

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Sweet! Great minds think alike. :wink: Almost did that yesterday but opted for just Lafeet via the Skook.
Love that trail. I'm pissed though, I had clouds. :evil: 8)

OH MAN! Would have been great to see you. What time were you there? We summited Lafayette around 1.

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What day did you do this? I thought it was today. I did it yesterday. Was on Lafayette, briefly alone, at 11:00 AM.

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What day did you do this? I thought it was today. I did it yesterday. Was on Lafayette, briefly alone, at 11:00 AM.

Yesterday. Takes me forever to upload pics then drop them into a tr. There's gotta be a better way than the way I am doing it.
Of course, could be my internet speed which I believe is a gear higher than the turtle setting. We were just coming out of the trees at 11
over on Little Haystack.

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Great pics. Especially the slow ones of the watercourses. Looks like a lovely cloudless day on the high peaks. That ice though. Holy cow. The trees are hanging on to that like Velcro. I'm not sure how Cathie managed either with just micros.


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First off, I am impressed that you used the correct term.


You forget that you are dealing with an engineer! They HAVE to pay attention to details or the world is doomed! :D


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Always a spectacular hike. I guess we're lucky they don't close the alpine zone for mud season in NH like they do in Vermont. It looks like a mile and a half long mud puddle. Great water shots too. Nice and silky smooth. The ice looks like it'll last forever this year, but I think it'll be gone sooner than most years. No insulating monorail over it. There's usually snow on that trail in the higher woods until June. I don't think the ice stands a chance of lasting another month and a half, but we shall see.


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Great pics and a beautiful day.

I did the L&L loop two weekends ago, and Glencliff last weekend. Lots and lots of flow ice out there. A friend told me the Wildcats might be the worse for thick flow ice and Ammo is close to insane unless you're an ice climber with tools. Did Washington last Wednesday via Jewell, and the last mile below treeline you needed traction, but above treeline it wasn't too bad. Will probably do Pierce & Eisenhower on Wednesday. Been told it's not too bad.


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Kathy wrote:
First off, I am impressed that you used the correct term.


You forget that you are dealing with an engineer! They HAVE to pay attention to details or the world is doomed! :D


For all intents and purposes (not intensive purposes), you are quite correct. But not literally correct.

Not bad for a guy whose motto in college was "I ain't knead know inglish, eye bee bestest enjinear!"

Yes, too bad you and Joe didn't bump into each other, that wouldn't been a quite a treat. Another time perhaps.

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Kathy i am disappointed with this TR. First, it wasn't a presidential. There is no second or third. :P

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Kathy i am disappointed with this TR. First, it wasn't a presidential. There is no second or third. :PGreg

I'll make up for that next week. Stay tuned.

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Great pics Kathy! The ice is frightening! It was a gorgeous day.


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