Woke up and got packed up to leave the motel. Drove to the trailhead and started up Franconia ridge. It was a long tough climb but we made it to little haystack mtn. and got above treeline. The views were gorgeous! Hiked over Lincoln and lafayette then up Garfield to camp in an abandoned foundation on the top! We got an amazing sunset over the whites and 360 in all directions. Now the moon is out and I'm waiting for stars !
8/30/2014 9.9 Miles
Woke up and went to the first hut to eat and chill to wait for our friends. They arrived and we left for the next mountain. Got another sweet view of all the whites and getting closer to Washington. Pushed past dark and found a spot of the side of the trail for the night. Meeting our car support tomorrow again!
8/31/2014 8 Miles
Woke up and made our way down to the hut to get some breakfast leftovers. Chilled there for a bit then sped through the last miles down to the gap we would meet our car support. Got down and met cheesesteak we all picked campsites and went to the store. Cooked and talked around the fire until an early retirement to the tent.
(Grizz, Cheesesteak, JoCool, Daytripper, Maverick, Beirut, Turbo)
9/1/2014 0 Miles
Hung out at the campsite and swam in the river most of the day then another store run. Then later in the day Tripp, Baloo, Squonto, and 2puts
Everyone hung out around the fire until some park ranger showed up to tell us yo put it out. Oh well at least there was no fuss and we still had a good night!
9/2/2014 12.4 Miles
We woke up early and got our packs in the car. Headed off for Washington. Made our way past several cliff faces and open views of the ridge. Stopped at the Mizpah Hut for water and it just happened to be the hut GlutenPuff was working at! We hiked in the same group at the beginning of her thruhike in 2012. She gave us free soup and bread and cookies. We caught up and waited for the rest of our gang to show up. We then realized it would be pushing it to be at the Washington summit early enough to meet the car that would take the private auto road to the top. So the faster people blasted ahead and we kept pumping up towards the summit in the clouds. Stopped at Lake of the clouds hut after walking above treeline for a while for a snack. Then finally made it to the top and the car and food and drinks were all there and it was fantastic. We then got a ride down in the car and camped at pinkham notch.
(Swamp Donkey, Cheesesteak)
9/3/2014 0 Miles
Woke up and packed up got dropped off at the hotel in gorham and everyone began showing up. Hung out and went to the chinese buffet and hot tub at the hotel. Vegged out and watched movies.
9/4/2014 8.5 Miles
Got up and packed then checked out and said goodbye to everyone. We then headed out of town after getting subway and a small resupply at noon. The first couple of ascents were steep but we had water and stopped at a nice view for the night.