Bonds via Zealand, Round Trip with Guyot Overnight
2012 Nov 11-12


Day 1: Panorama from West Bond: Franconia Ridge, Garfield, Galehead, South Twin, Guyot, Presidentials (in distance), Bond
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Panorama


Day 2: Panoramic view from Zeacliff
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Panorama Note: constructed with Steve Smith's method in Photoshop: Photoshop>File>Automate>PhotoMerge... Auto, Blend, Vignette Removal, Geometric Distortion Correction.


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I did a 2-day hike to the Bonds, with a balmy night at Guyot campsite in the shelter. The weather was so warm that I kept removing layers in the shelter (temperature actually rose over night) and got down to shorts on the muddy trip back. What snow there was either melted or turned to slush. My boot toes got wet both days. The skies started cloudy but opened up to blue at 11 on the first day and stayed mostly clear.

Day 1: 12.9 miles

Got to the trailhead by 7:45. Did some gear rearrangement after the forecast got warmer. Off at 0809 and up the gradual Zealand Trail to the Zealand Falls Hut. Lots of people about. Steepest climb was up to Zeacliff. Kept going at moderate pace with showers off and on. Then the skies cleared as I reached Mt Guyot, where I took a break and recorded a movie. I reached the Guyot Campsite, dropped my pack, and headed for West Bond. Met a couple who were staying at Guyot 2 nights, as they enjoyed the view from West Bond; see panorama above. It was 2:15 with 2.5 hours of daylight remaining, so I headed for Bond and Bondcliff, meeting nobody until Marvin at Bondcliff. I got closer to the edge of the famous precipice! Back to my pack and down to the campsite at the end of dusk. I decided on the shelter, but it would have been nicer to be outside. Marvin awoke and 1am and left---after seeing the gorgeously clear skies---to go to West Bond.

Day 2: 7.7 miles

I got up at 5:30 to see the eastern sky a deep red with Venus and the crescent moon framed off the view from the shelter. I ate breakfast on the tent platform opposite the one we used on Memorial Day weekend---and got a picture of its current state, covered by a tree felled by Hurricane Sandy. The morning was warming as I hiked out. Met three old geezers doing the aggressive, one-way hike from Zealand to Lincoln Woods. Also, caught Marvin and gave him his flashlight, which I found on the trail---and heard about his hike to West Bond in the middle of the night. I'll have to try that sometime.

Got back to the car at 11:30: 4.5 hours for 7.7 miles. Slowest coming down from Zeacliff.

Summary: 20.56 miles over 2 days, 4 peaks (Zealand, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff).

--Fred (aka tarpman)

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Starting out at Zealand Trailhead
Starting out at Zealand Trailhead
Loaded for medium temperatures
Zeacliff (left) and Zealand (right) from Zealand Tr
Zeacliff (left) and Zealand (right) from Zealand Tr
After Zealand Hut, head for Zeacliff, then across ridge to Zealand
Whitewall Mtn from Zealand Hut
Whitewall Mtn from Zealand Hut
Look out from Zeacliff is another view of Whitewall
1:20 into the hike
1:20 into the hike
Zealand peak's LACK OF view
Zealand peak's LACK OF view
The spur trail to the peak yields virews of trees---ONLY
Inching toward the precipice
Inching toward the precipice
But not to the very edge
Closer
Closer
that's it for me!
See the apprehansion?  No, just calm.
See the apprehension? No, just calm.
I almost went the final steps; well not almost.
Heading off Bondcliff; 1.2 mi to top of Bond
Heading off Bondcliff; 1.2 mi to top of Bond
The light was dwindling. To camp at dusk.
Packing up before sunrise
Packing up before sunrise
Hmmm? Lots of moisture from perspiration of 5 people in shelter, with a tarp over door---a tarp that was hardly needed due to rising temperature. Noticed bleeding from my bag where condensation collected inside the shelter
Dawn approaching with crescent Moon and Venus
Dawn approaching with crescent Moon and Venus
Cooking boiled breakfast
Cooking boiled breakfast
...while watching sunrise from tent platform, in warming morning.
Sunrise, 0634
Sunrise, 0634
Pot almost boiling; so pleasant.
P1020101ranconia Ridge from Guyot
Franconia Ridge from Guyot
Morning light about 1 hour after sunrise---and clearer than Sunday
Zealand Brook just above Falls
Zealand Brook just above Falls
Some ice but temperature was in 50s and I was in my shorts.