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Thanks for that! Looks like a great hike.

On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM, christian theberge <[log in to unmask]>
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>  This hike has haunted Jeremy and me for the better part of 10 years
> (minus, of course, the few years we blocked it from our memory). In the
> early oughts, we were weekend-warrioring in the Whites pretty hard.
> Franconia ridge, Presi traverse, Canon-Kinsman, Twins-Zealand-Hale,
> Moriah-Wildcats etc.  I worked nights then and when I'd get home from work
> I'd pull out the maps and start planning the next weekend's adventure.  And
> on one of those nights, like some kind of topographical jesus-toast,
> the loop appeared on the wrinkled pages before me!  I jotted down the
> individual trail mileages as described in the White Mountain Guide and the
> ball was rolling.
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> For the uninitiated, here's a panorama of the entire loop:
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> [image: photo IMG_41771.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/IMG_41771.jpg.html>
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> A brief description of our previous attempts, 2005 and 2007:
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> http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0807C&L=SKIVT-L&P=R14384&X=19A5600796182A1D26&Y=edgeontap%40hotmail.com
>
> Fast forward to last weekend:
> Carly and I drove over from Stowe friday evening and met up with Jeremy
> who drove up from Boston. We gorged ourselves on meats and adult beverages
> at the Woodstock Inn.  Which might not have been the best idea before a 30
> mile hike (weird), but it was really tasty. I recommend the "Train Wreck
> Sandwich"!  We pulled into the lincoln woods trailhead around 8:30p and
> settled in for a few $hi^^y hours of sleep in the back of our trucks.
> After a night filled with: constant headlights pulling into the lot; the
> roof of Carly's truck-cap 3" from my face; and a team of Quebecois who
> parked right next to Jeremy, drank beers for a couple hours, giggling in
> French with the occasional "Dude, where's my car?" and "Very nize!", the 3
> am alarm felt like a punch in the mouth.  In the frosty, pitch black,
> pre-dawn hour, we scarfed down a few bagels, stretched, pulled up our socks
> and hit the trail at 3:45a.  Jeremy and I agreed that our third try would
> be the last, so I tried to come up with a rough plan of how to get the team
> through the day without any bailing, but still finish at a reasonable
> hour.  I figured if we could just keep moving slow and steady on the big
> ups, cruise at a good pace on the flats, and take short breaks on
> Lafayette, Garfield, Galehead hut, South Twin and Bondcliff, we would be ok.
>
> We reached the top of Flume just after sunrise (~6:30a), feeling good!
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> [image: photo G00100041.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G00100041.jpg.html>
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> Liberty:
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> [image: photo G00200122.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G00200122.jpg.html>
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> Lincoln:
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> [image: photo G0050033.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G0050033.jpg.html>
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> We made it to Garfield at 10:20a...still feeling good!  The weather
> couldn't have been better for this hike; sunny, temps in the low 70's, dew
> point in the 40's and a steady 10mph wind on the ridge.
>
> [image: photo G00900581.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G00900581.jpg.html>
>
> The hardest part of this hike mentally and physically (in my opinion) is
> the 3.1 miles from the top of Garfield to the Galehead hut.  I didn't take
> any pictures of this section, but it's comprised of a steep descent off the
> top of Garfield into the woods and then 2.7 miles of PUD's (pointless ups
> and downs) that literally bring your pace to a crawl.  But, just as your
> ambition starts to dissolve into salty tears, you are rewarded with a nice
> pitstop at the Galehead hut.  Lying at just about the 1/2 way point on the
> loop, it's a convenient spot to refill your water bottle and grab a snack.
> However, the temptation to linger at this welcoming oasis will turn your
> knees to stone and leave your hopes of finishing the loop face-down in the
> composting privy.  From here, there is a steep ascent (1,150' in 0.8 miles)
> to the top of South Twin.  Many have come to fear this section, but we
> found it to be no-problem.  We must have timed our stop at the hut
> perfectly… somehow.
>
> South Twin, 2:15p.  We took a much needed 20 minute break here.  There
> were still 13.6 more miles to go, but the biggest elevation gains were
> behind us.  Carly's pointing to lincoln, and you can see the pointy summit
> of Garfield all by itself to the right.
>
> [image: photo G01000712.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G01000712.jpg.html>
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> Bond, 4:00p.  Feeling the pain.  The summit of Bondcliff is visible just
> to the right of the cairn.
>
> [image: photo G01200901.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G01200901.jpg.html>
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> I think the section between Bond and Bondcliff is my favorite stretch of
> trail in all of NH.
>
> [image: photo G01301061.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G01301061.jpg.html>
>
> Bondcliff, 4:30p.  The final summit.  We hung out here for a solid hour,
> staring at Franconia ridge in the distance, eating sausage, cheese and
> chocolate.
>
> [image: photo G01601452.jpg]
> <http://s210.photobucket.com/user/edgeontap/media/G01601452.jpg.html>
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> 8:30p: 3 miles of steady descent and 5 miles of flat brought us back to
> the lincoln woods parking lot... and a cooler full of pizza and beer.  16
> hours, 31 miles and 9100' vert later, it was finally over, a decade in the
> making.  Of course, we weren't the only ones to complete the loop that
> day.  We met two other groups, hiking the same direction as us at a similar
> pace.  We saw a few people going the other direction, and a countless
> number of people RUNNING past us between Bondcliff and the parking lot.  It
> comes as no surprise that hiking the pemi loop on a beautiful Saturday near
> the solstice brings out the crowds.  In fact, the FKT (fastest known time)
> record was crushed, for the hundredth time, the week before our attempt, at
> a blistering 6h45m!  I'm really not even that proud of doing the pemi loop
> in a day. But, being able to close that chapter in our lives felt really
> good, especially after our history on the route.  I've never been the type
> of person that sets a goal and then just immediately completes it through a
> series of planning and training.  There's something about doing it the hard
> way and having to learn a lesson that really appeals to me.  I can't tell
> if I do it on purpose, if I'm just a procrastinator, or maybe a combination
> of the two.  I've been working on the NH 48 for I can't even remember how
> long.  I could've easily finished it years ago, but where's the fun in
> that?  It's nice to have something to look forward to.  I'm not sure where
> the next ridge line will take me (the hut traverse?!?!?), but I hope it
> takes me 10 years to finish it.
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> -Christian
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