Ascent of Mount Hale on 2011-12-30

Climber: Michael Blair

Date:Friday, December 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hale
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4054 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

w Monica, Jeff, Karine, and Heather. On the trail at 5 AM - over the next 14 hours we hiked about 25 miles and climbed about 6,300 feet as we hit the summits of Hale, Zealand, West Bond, Bond, and Bondcliff. Snow on the ground and intermittent flurries but no wind and mild temperatures. Managed to use only Hillsound spikes the entire way. The coldest spot of the entire hike was also the most windy - at the summit of Zealand. Of course that is where I chose to ask the group to take a break (figured it would get worse when we got exposed - it didn't). Longest winter day hike - and all I needed was the final peak of the day - Bondcliff. The last extreme hike of 2011 - it was a good year!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles

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