Trip Report: Mount Lafayette 5/27/2013

My original plans for Memorial Day involved a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, but cold temps and rainy weather caused me to check down to doing some day hiking. After some warm up hikes in the rain and sleet the days before, we awoke Monday to clear skies and a good 8 inches of snow had fallen above 3500ft. We set off to hike up Mount Lafayette, a 5,249-foot mountain at the northern end of the Franconia Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We took the Old Bridle Path, which was in decent shape. We encountered one blow down below Greenleaf hut, but other than that the trail was clear. As the temperature rose, the snow began to melt, fast! We stopped for a break at the hut, and then set out on the soggy trail to climb the last ~1,000 feet to the summit. I brought a new toy with me on this hike, a Prism Stowaway Diamond Kite!

It took a bit of work, but it did fly, and survived the few times when the winds smashed it back to the ridge as well. Clear skies and good company, it was a great hike!


Distance: 7.86 mi
Time: 8:14:38
Avg Speed: 1.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,747 ft



Gear Review: La Sportiva Electron Trail Running Shoes

These were my first pair of “trail shoes”. I’ve always worn big, heavy, leather, waterproofed hiking boots. Then I went to a presentation about fast-packing and how 1lb on your foot is like 5lbs on your back. These shoes weigh in at 24 ounces, whereas my ASOLO backpacking boots weigh in at around 60 ounces. So if the 1lbs of footwear is 5lbs on your back, then checking down to these shoes is like dropping 11.25 lbs. from my pack. I have to admit, it sure feels like I did after a long day, they’re super light. The sole is very grippy and even do well on wet rocks. Now, they will get wet if I step into a deep puddle or stream, but they would dry quickly, so that’s the compromise. Some may say well I like the ankle support of backpacking boots, but that’s a personal choice, and I invite you all to try a trail runner. This is a fantastic shoe!

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