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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were still bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No 'car wash' conditions this time 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No furry friends and for good reason, this is a LONG hike! 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: After being turned away last week due to high winds between Bondcliff & Bond, I decided to return and give it another shot in similar conditions. As the knight in Indiana Jones said, "you have chosen wisely". The Lincoln Woods trail was just as firm and fast. But the snow-laden trees that were blocking the lower part of the Bondcliff trail for long sections had shed their cloaks and it was smooth sailing all the way up to the ledge below Bondcliff at treeline. This time I changed into my best mittens with dry liners and headed up again. It was 8-10 degrees warmer than last week and merely breezy up and over Bondcliff but the high winds kicked in on the long ridge approaching Bond. The snow became noticeably deeper as I wound up through the scrub but I kept microspikes on because the trail underneath was still firm with no postholing. It was tedious on Bond & West Bond due to drifting snow but I never got bogged down. Still, it took almost an hour to traverse the 3 peaks and about the same time on the return. The wind picked up noticeably on the return and I was getting knocked around like a drunk toddler on the exposed ridge. Once below treeline I was able to cruise down and made it out in just under 8 hours round trip, despite the slowness on the summit ridges and chatting with other hikers. West Bond was the last of my Winter 48's and there was nobody to celebrate with on the summit. Next year for my 60th birthday I'm going to try to solo all 48 in one single winter season. Wish me luck!  
Name
Name: Bob H 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hynoskyb@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-30 
Link
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