FKT: Leah Lawry, Jason Beaupre - Skyline Loop - Waterville Valley - 2023-06-25

Route variation
Standard route
Gender category
Mixed-gender team
Start date
Finish date
Total time
11h 20m 57s
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During a summer of almost endless rain, we got lucky with a rain-free day despite the prediction of thunderstorms, though the 100% humidity more than made up for that. We were in misty clouds for the summits of Tecumseh and the Osceolas, but the skies cleared later in the day and we had views from The Scaur, Tripyramids, and Snows. The trails were a wet, slippery mess all day, making the descents especially treacherous. Coming down from East Osceola I took a tumbling fall and badly sprained my left thumb. Extra caution was needed on all the steep climbs and descents after that; our descent of the South Slide was our slowest mile split of the day. The heat became oppressive in the afternoon, and Jason ran out of water and was overheating as we were climbing Snows. We found water on the descent and managed a run/walk the rest of the way back to the car. We carried all our own food from the start, and frequently refilled our water from streams along the way. It was a tough, but rewarding day on a fun loop!