Ascent of Zealand Mountain on 2007-10-06

Climber: M (whichway) Lardiere

Others in Party:Brian Mandell
Justin Thomson
Terika Ray
Date:Saturday, October 6, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Zealand Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

good weather at the start of the hike. it was beautiful up to the warm and welcoming Zealand hut, where i made a point of signing the book. the clouds moved in when we were at Zeacliff. we fed the greyjays there, who swooped down to grab breadcrumbs and nuts from our hands and flew back to the tree in one fluid motion.

i planned to head to the Zealand summit & bman and justin wanted to join, but they kept stalling to throw rocks off the cliff. the sky grew darker, so i left after waiting 30 minutes for a run to the summit. the boys followed soon after, but i was going as fast as i could to beat the clouds. it began to sprinkle as i approached, so i reached the summit sign, greeted the group lunching there, and started jogging back toward the cliff. 15 min later i ran into bman and justin, who decided to continue to the summit. i hurried back to meet terika at Zeacliff - light rain at this point.

terika and i rushed back to the hut as the rain gradually moved in. we waited out the worst of it before making a dash for the car at 5pm to avoid getting caught in the dark. bman and justin arrived a half hr after us, soaked to the skin.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:11.8 mi / 19 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Extra Loss:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:Zealand tr to Twinway tr
    Trailhead:Zealand Road  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:Twinway tr to Zealand tr
    Trailhead:Zealand Road  

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