Pemi Loop 26-28 May 2012
Ariel and Colin Taylor, Steve Bussolari, and Fred Knight
Fred's Home


Panoramic 360-degree view from Bondcliff
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Fred's comments:

An adventure: The Pemigawasset Loop CCW, starting and ending at Lincoln Woods---3 days, 32+ miles, 10kft+ elevation gain. The four of us hiked the 8 peaks: Bondcliff, Bond, South Twin, Garfield, Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty, and Flume. Ariel and Colin added West Bond. Steve added West Bond and Galehead. The Bondcliff panorama (above) is from our lunch stop on the first day. The first night at Guyot campsite was overrun with people, dogs, and one baby (with parents!), but we managed half each of two platforms for our two tents. The second day was grueling, almost 12 hours and 15+ miles with 5300' elevation gain. Throughout the day we got views of the most of the PemiLoop. I took a video scan atop South Twin. SouthTwin The stretch from Mt Garfield to Liberty Spring campsite (6+ miles, 2000' elevation gain, 5 hours) had no water sources, so we were glad to have stocked up at Garfield shelter's spring, which was luckily right next to the trail. Liberty Spring campsite was also full by the time we reached it, so the caretaker found us a couple small patches of forest ground. The Liberty Spring itself was hardly flowing, so getting water took awhile. The third day gave us views from Mt Flume of the long traverse we had done. Our views of what lay ahead early in the second day were as daunting to me as the same views looking back at the start of the third day were exhilarating. After the ladders on the downslope of the Osseo Trail, the final ~4 miles was smooth traveling. We ended at 11:12 am and were at McDonalds in Lincoln, NH by 11:45.

My notable events include:

Summary: ~32.6 miles over 3 days, 24 hours, 10,600' elevation gain. My plans

--Fred (aka tarpman)

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Day 1, the Start
Day 1, the Start
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Crossing the East Pemi
We'll walk along the East Branch of the Pemigawasset River
We'll walk along the East Branch of the Pemigawasset River
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Ariel and Colin
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Pink and White Lady Slippers
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On Bondcliff Trail
From Bondciff
From Bondciff
Bondcliff toward Bond
Bondcliff toward Bond
The famous photo spot
The famous photo spot
I wasn't about to go out there.
Team wave from Bondcliff
Team wave from Bondcliff
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More from Bondcliff
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Artistry
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First night
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On to Guyot and South Twin
Start of day 2: on to Guyot and South Twin
Exit from Guyot Camsite
Exit from Guyot Camsite
Heading out on Day 2
Heading out on Day 2
With my slower pace, I wnet on ahead with rendezvous at Galehead Hut
From South Twin looking back toward Bonds
From South Twin looking back toward Bonds
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Steep descent to Galehead Hut
South Twin vista toward Garfield and Franconia Ridge
South Twin vista toward Garfield and Franconia Ridge
8:45 am, another sunny day
South Twin toward North Twin
South Twin toward North Twin
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Steve, the elder, Colin, the younger
Looking up toward Mt Lafayette at Skookumcheck Trail junction
Looking up toward Mt Lafayette at Skookumcheck Trail junction
That is NOT the top!
Day 2 portrait: Steve, Fred, Colin, and Ariel
Day 2 portrait: Steve, Fred, Colin, and Ariel
In teh background, the Bonds, Guyot, South Twin, Galehead, and Garfield
Steve, Fred, Clin, and Ariel
Steve, Fred, Colin, and Ariel
Day 2, the long one, highest point of the trip on Mt Lafayette
Mt Lafayette
Mt Lafayette
2:40 on Day 3 with 4 miles along Franconia RIdge ahead
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Definitely a high point of the trip
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Anticipation of the Franconia Ridge Walk
Mt Liberty view toward Franconia Ridge
Mt Liberty view toward Franconia Ridge
Got going at 0732, ready to head out.
Franconia Notch from Mt Liberty
Franconia Notch from Mt Liberty
After the climb to Mt LIberty and march across the final part of Franconia RIdge
After the climb to Mt LIberty and march across the final part of Franconia RIdge
Francnia Ridge and Garfield in the background
Day 3 atop Flume
Day 3 atop Flume
Peak 8 for Fred, 9 for Ariel and Colin, and 10 for Steve
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Victory atop Mt Flume
Trillium
Trillium
Descending from Flume
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More cheers
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Team Franconia
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The End
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Sympathy, well deserved