Ascent of Bondcliffs on 2013-11-04

Climber: Robert Garneau

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, November 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4265 ft / 1299 m

Ascent Trip Report

3rd Pemi Loop and 1st time counterclockwise. Left 3:11am, finished 8:30pm. I had hoped to do a relatively "speedy" traverse but several factors weighed against me. 1) Difficult to safely run on leafy ground in black of night; injury from falling potentially serious in single digit temps. 2) Several blowdowns on Bondcliff Trail caused me to lose trail a couple of times.
3) Normally simple stream crossings on Wilderness Tr and Bondcliff Tr proved problematic since stepping stones were all iced over. Fell at one crossing and got a little wet - fortunately had soft-shell top and bottom on. Otherwise had to shimmy across downed trees, then relocate trail on other side, tricky at night. 4) 6 mile stretch between South Twin and Lafayette nearly a continuous sheet of ice; slow going with running shoes; what should have taken a couple of hours took 5! 5) Hard to make yourself drink enough when liquids are near freezing. 6) Hard to move continuously when views are phenomenal! 7) Hard to be antisocial when you only pass 8 people in 32 miles: 1 on Bondcliff who spent night at Guyot shelter, 3 near top of Gale River Trail day hiking to Galehead Hut, and 4 people on Franconia Ridge doing the Falling Waters-Greenleaf Tr Loop.

Definitely opting for the long days of spring/summer next time but happy for the gorgeous day and nice to be greeted by the boreal birds along the way: golden crowned kinglets, white winged crossbills, spruce grouse and boreal chickadees to name a few.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3104 ft / 946 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3104 ft / 946 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Lincoln Woods to Wilderness to Bondcliff
    Trailhead:Lincoln Woods  1161 ft / 353 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Pemi Loop Counterclockwise

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Mount Bond2013-11-04
3Mount Guyot-South Peak2013-11-04
4Mount Guyot2013-11-04
5South Twin2013-11-04
6Garfield Ridge East2013-11-04
7Mount Garfield2013-11-04
8Garfield Ridge2013-11-04
9Mount Lafayette-North Peak2013-11-04
10Mount Lafayette2013-11-04
11Mount Lincoln2013-11-04
12Little Haystack2013-11-04
13Mount Liberty2013-11-04
14Mount Flume2013-11-04

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