I am posting this primarily to determine if there is interest. Low participation or bad weather cancels. If necessary, we can decide at the trailhead to do Cannon via the KRT if the weather looks to be an issue.
The Greenleaf trail is less commonly-used than the other approaches to Lafayette, so may require breaking out some or all of the trail. With the exception of Eagle Pass, and the summit cone, this route is primarily in the trees.
- Hike Description: Mt Lafayette via Greenleaf Trail
Difficulty/hike rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Mileage: 7.6m RT
Elevation gain: 3500
AMC Booktime: 5:25 (It took me more like 6 hours last time I was up there in the not-quite winter)
Expect that this hike will require snowshoes and traction devices, and full face protection (goggles/mask) on the summit (it was pretty brutal even in November). The 10 Essentials + winter gear required. If we keep a good pace, we'll be off the mountain well before sunset, but since that isn't guaranteed, headlamps may be required on the descent. Note that the trail is in the shadow of the Kinsman/Cannon Ridge, the light starts to fail well before official sundown.
If visibility is bad, we WILL turn back. There will be no helicopter rides.
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Our goal is to start together as a group, hike together and finish together as a group. A group can be as small as 3-4 people, but no one should hike alone. Adhere to the HikeSafe guidelines. Anyone could need help and it does happen!
ALL CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES TO RSVP'S SHOULD BE MADE BY 6 PM THE NIGHT BEFORE THE HIKE. We rely of the RSVP's to get a true headcount and the hikers rely on the leaders to communicate.
Hiker Responsibility Code
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
1. With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
2. To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
5. For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself
# Be knowledgeable of what to prepare for.
# Contact the event organizer about any concerns and event challenges.
# Every participant needs to come fully prepared.
# Disclose any medical conditions before the event.
# pack to survive the event and for "what if".
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Hike soon and hike safe!