Howdy. So I'm taking my little brother hiking this weekend. It'll be the first time ever doing anything like this....he's never even really been in the mountains...just maybe seen a few from a distance through the glass on the car...he just turned 15, I think he'll be in good shape (better perhaps than I as I broke a toe yesterday...speaking of which...has anyone ever hiked with a broken toe?? Any thoughts on how I'll fare??) Anyway, so I wanted to take him on a hike to really hook him...so we're going to do the classic Franconia Ridge Loop...up falling waters over the ridge and down old bridal path. But we're going to start the hike pretty early...hoping to start hiking by 7:30-8:00. Now I've done this loop in the past (when I was quite out of shape) in about 5:30-6:00 hours. So I was thinking of perhaps extending the loop by perhaps heading south once we get to little haystack to summit liberty and flume...which I have not done...so I guess I'm looking for any thoughts on this...how's the terrain?? A lot of elevation gain and loss?? Are there views along the ridge?? How much time (not including summit/rest time) would this add to the classic loop?? Any thoughts are appreciated. I also entertained the thought of adding to the loop north of lafayette and heading toward garfield...but the liberty/flume addition seemed to make more sense...Muchas Gracias.