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Ascent of Bondcliffs on 2013-03-24

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, March 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bondcliffs
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4265 ft / 1299 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did an out-and-back from the south, taking the Lincoln Woods - Bondcliff Trail approach.

I had to break out the trail along the Bondcliff Trail during the last few miles before the summit. Any previous tracks were completely filled in with a foot of fresh powder, and the snow was much deeper in the drifted areas. My pace slowed drastically with the extra work required. There was only one time that I thought I had lost the trail (and in fact, I hadn't), but otherwise the route-finding wasn't difficult as long as I paid attention.

Clouds rolled in just as I reached the summit, and so I couldn't take in the view, which is supposed to be among the best in the White Mountains. I could see West Bond a little bit, but that was about it. This wasn't a good above-treeline day either, as the gusts threatened to throw me off my feet, and I was repeatedly pelted with pieces of ice.

Ten minutes into my descent, the clouds cleared, leaving deep blue sky above. So, after the arduous ascent through fresh powder, I reached the summit within a bad window for getting a view; such is my luck. But that's OK, because I certainly plan on returning to this celebrated spot again and again.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3065 ft / 934 m
    Route:Lincoln Woods Tr, Bondcliff Tr
    Trailhead:Lincoln Woods  1200 ft / 365 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds



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