Franconia Ridge, Mount Lafayette, and the wilderness below.
A coupe of days ago I set out to Hike the Pemi Loop in the Pemigewassett Wilderness of the White Mountains in Northern New Hampshire. After 3 days of backpacking on some of the most brutal grueling terrain I’ve seen in a while, I’m completely spent (although a beer and a giant burger did go rather far to remedy that!)
For those of you who are interested, the Pemi Loop is an unofficial loop, in that there is no “Pemi Loop” trail, but rather a bunch of interconnecting trails including the Appalachian Trail, that take you from the Lincoln Woods Trail Head, up and over Mount Flume, Mount Liberty, Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln, Mount Lafayette, Mount Garfield, South Twin Mountain, Mount Guyot, and Bondcliff, in 32-miles of over 9,000 ft elevation gain before heading back and finishing at the Lincoln Woods Trailhead.
I don’t consider myself an inexperienced backpacker, as I’ve done a few backpacks in my past– including a wilderness trek in Patagonia Argentina and the Inca Trail in Peru, but I was only able to complete half of the Pemi Loop due to vastly underestimating the degree of difficulty in the terrain. But that’s ok. This just means I’ll have to go back and start the loop in the other direction, therefore finishing the trek :P
The above photograph is a 13-image panoramic stitch of Franconia Ridge, heading up to Mount Lafayette and the wilderness below.