Ascent of Zealand Mountain 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
Peak:Zealand Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Continued on from the Zeacliff lookout after the sun had risen a decent amount. The Appalachian Trail to Zealand was not quite as packed as the Zeacliff section, and the snow got considerably deeper as we progressed upward. At one point, we were halted by a seemingly unscalable wall of ice and snow. Though quite a bit of effort, however, we all made it to the top of this section and tramped onward through the world of snow and ice. At one point, I tried to get a better view, so I stepped off the trail...and fell down a small spruce. The snow was much deeper than I had expected, and it was quite a struggle getting back to my feet. Eventually we made the summit and had some good views south to twin and the bonds. On our way back, we dipped down to the frozen Zeacliff Pond to explore before going to Zeacliff and back to the hut.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1040 ft / 315 m
    Elevation Loss:940 ft / 285 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
~6-8 feet of snow on the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:840 ft / 255 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Appalachian/Twinway Trail
    Trailhead:Zeacliff  3600 ft / 1097 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:740 ft / 225 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Appalachian/Twinway Trail
    Trailhead:Zeacliff Pond  3700 ft / 1127 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Zealand Falls Hut Snowshoeing (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Zeacliff-Zealand Falls Hut2011-01-28
2(Attempt) Mount Tom2011-01-29 a
3Zeacliff-Zealand Falls Hut2011-01-29 b
4Zeacliff2011-01-30 a
5Zealand Mountain2011-01-30 b
6Zeacliff2011-01-30 c

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