Ian, Jeremy and I cruised up to South Baldface, reaching it in about 1:15 despite not really full-on pushing it and also stopping a few times to help Ian's dogs, Jet and Kip, up some of the more difficult ledges. I was really impressed with how well those dogs danced up the climb to the summit. It gets really steep at times and you have to Gollum your way up using your upper body quite a bit in addition to the legs.
We reached the top and not much longer Nathan got there as well. From there, we ran the ridge over to North Baldface and then Eagle Crag, where we headed down. Nathan dropped back on the descent, and I struggled a little to keep up with Jeremy and Ian (both of them are very proficient on downhill technical sections), but I kept up pretty well.
We reached the Emerald Pool near the end and man, the water was COOOOOOLD. Very refreshing though and a great way to rinse off as well. Lot's o' fun!
Some of the below pics stolen from Ian without permission:
|Making our way up.|
|South Baldface Summit.|
|Looking back on the trail.|
|Mt. Washington looms.|
|North Baldface summit.|
Lower 60s to Mid 70s, sunny.
New Balance MT100, shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap, Nathan double water bottle carrier.