Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 5, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Upper two crossings on Bondcliff Trail are bone dry! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails are in great shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Tons of bugs on the summits of the Bonds! Don't know what kind. They weren't deer flies, horse flies, black flies, mosquitoes, bees, or wasps. Just weird little flying things that didn't bite much...they swarmed all around and ran into your body and head from time to time. Annoying, but not generally painful. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Many thanks to John for his excellent company! We had a great day.

This was our first Bonds traverse! Alex and Sage did well -- our recent JMT hike is still in our system, so the girls felt very comfortable with the mileage and elevation gain. This felt like one of our longer John Muir Trail days. Both girls ran the last few tenths of a mile toward Lincoln Woods. Both said they're ready to try a Presi Traverse. We won't have time for that this fall, I don't think, but we'll definitely give it a go next summer.

We have officially reached the point where the girls are much faster than I am -- they have to stop and wait for me on the ascent and descent (and I didn't carry much weight yesterday). Our time for this was eleven hours, and that was with 40 minutes of combined breaks. The girls could have gone faster if I could have kept up. I would like for them to strive toward their fast-hiking potential, but I am unsure of how to do that since they will only get stronger and faster and I will only get older and probably slower. The tables have definitely turned. I used to slow my pace for them, now they slow their pace for me. Bittersweet.

I'll post a trip report on my blog very late this evening (Sat.) or very early in the morning tomorrow (Sunday).  
Name: TrishAlexSage 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-09-06 
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