Ascent to Zeacliff-Zealand Falls Hut on 2011-01-29

Climber: Scott Wieman

Others in Party:Mike Geary
Ben Kuelthau
Miles Horton
Pat Megley
Noah Wentzel
Amy Levine
Steph Durell
Date:Saturday, January 29, 2011
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Zeacliff - Zealand Falls Hut
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2700 ft / 822 m

Ascent Trip Report

We headed up to the hut from Zealand Pond amidst thickly falling snow. On the way up, we decided to attempt to scale the frozen Zealand Falls. It was a great decision! We worked our way up the falls, making great use of the crampons on the bottom of our snowshoes. Terrific views of Mount Tom from the top of the falls. We played a single game of Shanghai Rummy, in which I managed to pull off a come from behind win. Mike taught me how to play backgammon, and I played a few games with him and Ben. Went to bed early since we were planning to do a sunrise hike up the Zeacliff the next morning.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:255 ft / 77 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Hut Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Snowing heavily
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:255 ft / 77 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:Zealand Pond  2445 ft / 745 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Zealand Falls Hut Snowshoeing (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Zeacliff-Zealand Falls Hut2011-01-28
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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