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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, herd path, bike path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: OBP/FW lot plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Encountered 2 Aussie Shepherds and 2 Aussie Shepherd-based mixes. Copious underlying ice was an issue -- lots of lifts. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Unexpected new powder snow (2"-4" down low, 3"-6" at elevation, now broken out, but new base not yet consolidated. Lots of tough ice flows are hiding beneath the snow everywhere, but especially on Lafayette's summit cone. My recommended traction at this point would be snowshoes below the ridge on the way up, sharp spikes (Hillsounds and up) on the upper part of Lafayette's summit cone, snowshoes along the ridge, bareboots on the way down. Though not my first choice because of wasted energy, a light traction pure play would work too, although would be dicey on the worst ice flows with just MicroSpikes. And on the final descent, traction detracts from the potential to save some steps via short standing glissades, though I know that lots of folks would opt for stability over glissade potential.  
Name
Name: alexmtn 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-01-31 
Link
Link: http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?57402-A-Surreal-Solo-Day-On-the-Franconia-Range 
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