The North Shore of Hiking: A Presidential Range Traverse Adventure

By:  Sam
September 16, 2009

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“Greg, lets go already”

I guess they’d been asked a few too many times.

We jogged on down to the Lakes hut and passed abut 200 people in the process. The view left nothing to complain about though.

We ate some cookies at Lakes, and I changed into my running shoes so i’d be more comfortable for the rest of the hike.

Looking back at the rockpile:

Looking forward towards the rest of the hike:

Just before dipping back down below treeline:

All in all it took us 9.5 hours from car to car. We stopped at Madison, Jefferson, Washington, and the Lakes hut for at least 20 minutes each though, and I think we could have done it significantly faster had that been the goal. It’s a great hike, and intro to the Whites for someone (like myself) who hadn’t been anywhere besides Washington before. I highly recommend it!


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  1. Greg
    wrote on September 16th, 2009 at 2:37 pm  

    DAM! that was a hundred year high pressure system. glad we totally slayed it!

  2. K_C
    wrote on September 16th, 2009 at 2:57 pm  

    Nice hike and all but def bring the volleball equipment next time- cant believe you guys forgot that and you still call the hike a success. pshhht.

  3. lionelhutz
    wrote on September 17th, 2009 at 10:46 am  

    a) Great trip.
    b) Amazing weather – shared some in the ADK last week
    c) Next year…Great Range Traverse in the ADK…what says you?

  4. Greg
    wrote on September 17th, 2009 at 11:04 am  

    says: we already don’z it! hit that up back in June… maybe Sam and i should go through his pictures and write that up too

  5. lionelhutz
    wrote on September 17th, 2009 at 12:52 pm  

    Yea…you prob. should. It would be sweet.
    Which was harder btw?

  6. Butch Chamberlain
    wrote on September 17th, 2009 at 1:00 pm  

    That is more than impressive, that is some kind of Ripley’s stuff. I don’t know what the official fastest time is but, in my book you guys were bookin’. Super pics as well. Next time if you can, get a picture showing down pipeline! That would be awesome. As well as looking down from the top of the lip at Tux. Just plain Kool! Thanx

  7. Greg
    wrote on September 18th, 2009 at 10:38 am  

    Thanks Butch! Hey check out the “Deep Cover Anthropology” writeup in the trip reports section of the website… oleoduc is french for… you guessed it…

  8. Joanne
    wrote on September 24th, 2009 at 8:25 pm  

    I hiked the GG trail last week and looked up Pipeline… We’ve had so little rain recently that the run is completely dry! Imagine Pipeline without an ice bulge :-o

  9. Greg
    wrote on April 12th, 2010 at 12:15 pm  

    What can we do for this summer’s pain trains?

    • Sam
      wrote on April 12th, 2010 at 12:20 pm  

      the long trail? … oh wait…

    • K_C
      wrote on April 12th, 2010 at 2:50 pm  

      Start hiking the prezzie traverse from Montpelier

    • Sam
      wrote on April 12th, 2010 at 5:36 pm  

      I’ll start in Burlington.

  10. Greg
    wrote on May 2nd, 2010 at 7:52 pm  

    This trip is beyond absurd. I keep coming back to it as summer creeps nearer… and I keep laughing my a$$ off. The entire thing reeks of horrible wasabi peas (I thought were candy that I bought for nourishment and nearly vomed each time I ate), sweaty socks, and cog smoke.

    Completely hilarious.

  11. Sam
    wrote on June 13th, 2010 at 6:19 pm  

    100 year system man, all the best hikers in the world were there.

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