Ascent of Mount Bond on 2011-07-27

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Anne
Date:Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bond
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4698 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

Anne and I took the last week off from work and the original plan was to spend a week in the Whites with several days of peakbagging to help Anne finish her 48. But Anne had a sinus infection right before our vacation started and was recovering for the beginning of it. However, she was feeling better so we decided we would still do the backpacking trip that we had planned, a trip to the Bonds. Our friend and wedding photographer, Zac would join us for the trip. The plan was to traverse the Bonds and Zealand from Lincoln Woods to Zealand Rd. We dropped off my car at the trailhead on Zealand Rd and started out from Lincoln Woods a bit past 10am. We had on full packs with extra stuff since we were staying overnight. Did I mention the packs were heavy?

The first five miles along the Lincoln Woods and Wilderness Trails are mostly flat, boring and easy hiking. Probably best that we got it out of the way early. We checked out what was left of the nearby bridge that is partially removed now.

Up the Bondcliff Trail we went. It only gets steep in one section but it was all a little tougher with our heavy packs. About 10 miles and 5 hours later we emerged on the summit of Bondcliff.

It was very windy and both Anne and Zac refused to go out on the Bondcliff ledge. “I’m not going out there!” said Anne:

But I wouldn’t be deterred:

Bondcliff is probably my favorite of the NH48 so it’s tough to leave the summit. But we want to get to the Guyot tentsite and make sure we can get a tent platform. We head up and over Bond and find there are still a couple tent platforms remaining. It’s Wednesday so we probably should not have been worrying about it. We get the platform farthest down the hill which is somewhat isolated from everyone else and we’re thrilled to have it. We brought a campstove to make a dinner of garlic potatoes that we’ve named “Kelly Potatoes” since it’s her recipe. They are friggin delicious! I think Zac and his poptarts and power bars or whatever don’t match up to the awesomeness of our dinner. Anne also came up with a rice and tuna dish that was amazing. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean your food has to suck.

After having some food we decide to tag West Bond. The clouds are rolling in so we don’t get the sunset that I had hoped for. But it’s still fantastic out there:

We had a small bottle of wine out on West Bond before getting back to our tents to finish some more. I’m surprised that everyone at the tentsite seems to have gone to sleep at 8:00. What the heck. But we are off in the corner of the place so I don’t think we end up disturbing anyone by being awake.

The next day we are on trail around 9am. It’s nice starting out a hike at 4000 feet. We get some nice views of the Pemi before climbing out via Zealand.

We climb over Guyot and get finished our elevation gain for the day on the Zealand summit. We hit Zealand and summit #40 for Anne!

It’s an underwhelming summit after the amazing Bonds. But Zeacliff is our next stop and makes up for it. Seeing Whitewall again makes me want to climb it sometime. I also want to visit the Ethan Pond area, Shoal Pond and Thoreau Falls.

We stopped at Zealand Falls to cool off our feet and dunk our heads in the water. So nice and refreshing after sweating and not showering for a couple days! I think the thru-hikers should have given it a try. The last 3 miles out is easy and quick and we completed the nearly 20 mile traverse. I’m so proud of Anne for completing this trek and doing it so well, especially after being sick just a few days ago. I’m glad Zac joined us too. It was a fantastic trip and I think we are all thinking about when we might return for another visit.
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