Ascent of Zeacliff on 2011-01-30

Climber: Scott Wieman

Others in Party:Mike Geary
Ben Kuelthau
Miles Horton
Pat Megley
Noah Wentzel
Amy Levine
Steph Durell
Date:Sunday, January 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunrise hike up the Zeacliff starting out just before six am. Outside temperature when we left was -16ºF without wind chill. It was a grueling ascent, mainly because the mountaineering boots I was wearing felt like they weighed several tons. Then trail up was very steep, and it was dark enough that we needed to use headlamps until we were most of the way up to the summit. We reached the viewpoint atop Zeacliff a few minutes before sunrise, and stood there for around half an hour to watch the sunrise. Pictures of the whole trip, including the sunrise, can be seen here: .
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Appalachian/Twinway Trail
    Start Trailhead:Zealand Falls Hut  2700 ft / 822 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Zealand Falls Hut Snowshoeing (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Zeacliff-Zealand Falls Hut2011-01-281194 ft / 364 m
2(Attempt) Mount Tom2011-01-29 a1155 ft / 352 m
3Zeacliff-Zealand Falls Hut2011-01-29 b255 ft / 78 m
4Zeacliff2011-01-30 a900 ft / 274 m
5Zealand Mountain2011-01-30 b1040 ft / 317 m
6Zeacliff2011-01-30 c0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 4544 ft / 1385 m    Total Trip Loss: 4856 ft / 1481 m

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