This is a first post for me on this forum.
My father and I are planning to hike the Presidential Traverse in mid July. He has just retired, we have not hiked together in twenty years, and neither of us intends to break a world record, so our plan is to take it slow and spread the hike over two or three nights, avoiding huts and camping below the ridge line at night. My questions are:
What are the best locations to set up a tent, i.e, near enough to the main trails (Air Line and Gulf Side), not terribly overcrowded, still beautiful, etc.
Does anyone have suggestions for a Plan B hike - an alternative hike (preferably in the White Mountains, and ideally a loop) should the weather make the traverse too treacherous? I like in New York and am unfamiliar with the White Mountains area.
Finally, I have always hiked in backpacking boots, but after joining this forum and reading up on ultralight hiking, I am tempted to try trail running shoes for this hike. Any thoughts on the wisdom of experimenting with a new style of footwear on this particular hike?
Thanks in advance for the advice.