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    Just back from a 4-day-hike in the High Peaks. I totally underestimated the climbing. I wanted to do a big loop: hiking in on the first day, hiking up Algonquin/Wright/Iroquois the second day, on to Mt Marcy the third day, and back out the fourth day. I gave up on hiking up any mountains with full gear (including the super-heavy bear canister) on the very first day... In the end I managed to get to Feldspar, use it as a base-camp, and hike up Mt Skylight (very nice and only two other hikers) and Mt Marcy as a day hike. Still hard enough. That were 4 exhausting days with 6-8 miles each day and I don't know how many feet altitude difference. I was very lucky with the weather. Although the forecast was mixed, it only started to rain 30 minutes after I got back to my car.

    Although this hike had its highlights (including meeting a very surprised porcupine while bushwhacking an overgrown trail), it was just too exhausting for my taste. I enjoyed the French Louie trail a lot more. I hope I will start the Corey loop on Saturday. Looking forward to more relaxed hiking (as opposed to alternate bushwhacking, scrambling, mud and stone hopping) and more hammock time!

    Not sure if I will be able to do the Cranberry Lake loop, although it sounds fantastic. I wanted to spend a couple of days in the Whites. Although with the closure of the access to the Pemigewasset Wilderness, maybe it's a better idea to skip the Whites and explore more of the Adirondacks? Will have to think about it.

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    Enjoy the Corey's Loop. the Cold River is one of my favorites. Be prepared for a lot of blowdown though reroutes are flagged.

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    Even more blowdown?? I should start carrying a hatchet

    Hope you had a good hike, too? Got the trail finished on schedule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hutzelbein View Post
    Even more blowdown?? I should start carrying a hatchet

    Hope you had a good hike, too? Got the trail finished on schedule?
    I had a great hike. It was a pleasure sharing a portion of it with you even though most of it was during the rain. Finished the trail in just under 7 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuctTape View Post
    I had a great hike. It was a pleasure sharing a portion of it with you even though most of it was during the rain. Finished the trail in just under 7 days.
    That's good to hear. Thanks a lot for taking the time to hike with me! It was fun, although I wouldn't be able to sustain that speed for longer than half a day

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    Yeah that speed and distance was aggressive. I was glad I accomplished my goal for that trip. Next time will be different. Everytime I hike the NPT I try to do it in a different style. Enjoy the Cold River. Go swimming near Millers Falls!

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    On one hand you will lose a day driving to the Whites. On the other the Pemi is but one of many places to access the area. Nice place, probably, only place, no way.
    YMMV

    HYOH

    Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)

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    Just got back from the 4-day Corey Loop hike. It could have been done in 3 days (~32 miles with the detour to Duck Hole), but why rush when there are so many great hanging sites? It was a very nice hike, and I met many friendly people. I have to say, it's much better to hike in less popular areas: people are simply nicer and more open.

    The weather couldn't have been better. And the blowdowns weren't as bad as expected. It was only a 3-4 mile stretch on the NPT that was a bit hard to navigate.

    Of all the Adirondack areas I have seen so far, I liked the West Canadas the best, though. South Lake was the prettiest spot to hang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuctTape View Post
    Everytime I hike the NPT I try to do it in a different style.
    How many styles are there?

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    Just back from my last overnight trip in the Adirondacks. I'm sad to leave this beautiful area. I already decided that I need to come back sometime in the future to hike the NPT and do the other hikes I didn't get to do this time round. I wish I had some comparable hiking opportunities at home...

    Thanks for all your help and great suggestions!

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