7/2 Day 107

Our first climb of the day was up nearly 2,000 feet to South Kinsman. The top of the climb was extremely technical with hand-over-hand climbing and careful placement of feet and hands required. We had a small descent then summited North Kinsman. The descent from North Kinsman was steep and challenging but at the bottom we reached Lonesome Lake Hut, the first AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) hut northbounders see in the White Mountains. The hut was situated on a beautiful lake and a group of us enjoyed leftover soup, bread and turkey as well as fresh applesauce cake courtesy of the “croo” (staff of the huts). After lunch we hiked up to a stealth camping area .3 miles from the summit of Mt. Liberty near Franconia Ridge. We set up camp, ate dinner and hiked up to Mt. Liberty for sunset. While on the summit we watched a storm roll over Franconia Ridge and we made a run back to our tent before the rain started. We hiked 11.7 miles for the day.

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