Ascent of Mount Bond on 2007-08-25

Climber: Paul Rago

Others in Party:Kelly
Date:Saturday, August 25, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bond
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4698 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

Overnight backpacking trip of The Bonds. From Lincoln Woods, we walked 5 mi. into the Pemi. Wilderness to Bondcliff trailhead to meet Maura and Brian.

Weather was hot, extremely humid, and slightly rainy. Brian commented that "even the rocks were sweating." By the summit of Bondcliff, it was foggy, but not raining. Visibility was low, but the views of the cliffs still very enjoyable, with tiny bits of sun breaking through occasionally.

On to the Guyot campsite, we set up our tents and rainflies just in time avoid torrential downpours. This rain was accompanied by a severe thunderstorm which rolled right overhead, striking within 1/5 mi. on many more than one occasion. After the first bout finished, Brian and I set out to bang out Mt. Guyot, only to be promptly shooed back down by distant (but again approaching) lightning. T-storms and torrential rain continued all night long, making sleeping for more than a few minutes at a time impossible.

In the morning, the weather had become very gloomy and quite windy. We made a quick ascent of West Bond, then headed back up and over Bond and the Bondcliffs again.

This trip was my second backpacking trip. It was successful, scary at times, and very fun.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Hot, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Bondcliff Trail
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: The Bonds

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Mount Bond2007-08-25 
3West Bond2007-08-26 
4Mount Bond2007-08-26 

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