Forums 2005 Flags on the 48 2005 Trips & Routes Zealand Mountain

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  • dirt_girl
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    I haven’t recieved any more information other than Zealand Road will be closed at Hwy 302 prior to the 9/11 hike. I will be taking another route to the summit of Zealand this year. I favor the Ethan Pond Trail to Zeacliff Trail to the Twinway to the summit. Not a difficult hike over all just alot of miles and a long day. Works out to almost 9 miles and book time is estimated at about 7 hours. This means we leave the trail head at 5 am… allowing plenty of time to reach the summit by noon. Any other suggestions would be seriously concidered as well but this seems the best alternative so far.
    dirt_girl

    MichaelJ
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    While you would be missed the previous evening, I’d head up early Saturday afternoon and spend the night at Ethan Pond in the shelter or on the tent platforms (thus the need to get to this popular spot early in the afternoon). That gets all that elevation gain out of the way. When you start in the morning it’s entirely level all the way to the Zeacliff Trail; you’ll fly all the way to that trail (and you will LOVE coming out on Whitewall). It does cost to stay at Ethan Pond, a nominal price, so in the morning clear off the platform and stash all your stuff, taking just a day pack with the flag up to the summit.

    dirt_girl
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    Great idea Michael… I may end up traveling solo up Zealand, Trevor may be working.
    I can’t imagine anyone else wanting to put in this many miles for a day hike. It makes sense to stay at Ethan Pond (maybe even get up to Guyot) Saturday night.
    I am very excited to be traveling any different trail to the summit!! I have the entire weekend and Monday off and would like to bag the Bonds while I’m up there, weather permitting.
    Lots of options….so many trails… so little time.
    dirt_girl

    MichaelJ
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    @dirt_girl wrote:

    I have the entire weekend and Monday off and would like to bag the Bonds while I’m up there, weather permitting.

    In that case, I would go for two nights at Guyot Shelter. Start up from Lincoln Woods wicked early Saturday morning and head over Bondcliff and Bond, then relax at Guyot. Sunday fly the flag over and Zealand, enjoy the open views of Mt. Guyot, and catch the sunset on West Bond. Monday morning head back out.

    Weather permitting. 😉

    SilentCal
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    What Micheal said! Guyot is a great place to stay. Ethan pond is the really long way to Zealand but his reccomendation for staying at Ethan Pond is sweet. Pucknuts, I believe is staying at Galehead hut. That’s always an option as well. I’ll fire you an e-mail on Thursday though to let you know where you stand roadwise.

    dirt_girl
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    Funny you should mention heading out Lincoln Woods!!!
    I am fairly certain this will be my plan for the weekend of the 9/11/05 Memorial Hike.
    Friday night…Broken Branch Campground
    Saturday early…Hike the(3)Bonds
    Saturday night… Guyot Shelter
    Sunday… Zealand
    Sunday night…Guyot Shelter
    Monday… Homeward bound
    Is there still someone at the Guyot shelter that late in the season?
    Not exactly a sissy hike… 😮
    Woohoo!!!
    dirt_girl

    MtnMagic
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    Yes, the caretakers at most shelters or tent platforms are there until Columbus day. Then it is cool days, cold nights and free.

    MichaelJ
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    Go to the shelter before you do West Bond. It’s a short distance from the shelter spur to the summit spur along the Bondcliff Trail. Claim your spot and settle in, and just take a light pack up West Bond for sunset, which on Sat 9/10/05 will be 7:06pm.

    SilentCal
    Moderator
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    Arriving late on Saturday however you may not get a spot in the shelter. A very good idea to bring a tent. Shelter holds about 12 persons and there are about six tent platforms. There are overflow tentsites up on the ridge but I believe you need to check with the caretaker first before you camp there. Guyot Shelter to Zealand Mt. is a nice hike. Guyot peak itself is a gem but the col between Guyot and Zealand I remember to be fairly steep on both sides. Do you still need a Zealand Road update?

    dirt_girl
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    I’m thinking the Zealand Road update will be something like this…. the road is closed. 😮
    If not send me an update but either way I think I will hike the Bonds before Sunday. I’m gonna try to get Friday afternoon off and hopefully make Guyot by Friday evening… we’ll see.
    Other wise I’ll be at Broken Branch (not beaver brook 🙄 ) Campground Friday night.
    I’m getting so excited about this hike… it will be a challenge. :flag:
    I like that I hopefully will bag the 3 Bonds and Guyot in one weekend… woohoo.
    dirt_girl

    Sherpa John
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    As far as I know Artex will be spending the night of the 10th at Guyot…

    and I know for a fact you’ll find me, Sarah and Lendawg up there as well.

    But we’re coming in over Hale and Zealand 1st. 😀

    dirt_girl
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    Party of five?!!!!!
    :beer:
    A place with a view for a party of 5!

    A gathering is in the works… correct me if I’m wrong but the first 9/11 gathering at 4000 feet!?!? Woohoo!
    I am so psyched to be meeting all of you for the first time!
    Hike safe… see you at Guyot!!
    :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag:
    Where/Who is the hiker for West Bond… Brian?
    Anyone know him?
    Has anyone extended an invite to join the tribe?
    Brian? Care to join us?

    dirt_girl

    dirt_girl
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    I am so pleased to announce that I have possibly picked up a few more hikers for this years event!!!
    😀 😀 😀
    I could not be happier… tis better to commiserate with others than to whine all alone.
    😮 😮 😮
    I could be keeping company with as many as four more hikers on the way to Guyot. Somebody save us a good spot!!!
    :flag: :flag: :flag:
    I am looking forward to meeting most of you for the first time!!!
    :beer:
    See you at Guyot

    dirt_girl

    mmChris
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    That’s awesome news! Tell us your strategy, I’m still begging people to join our group. I want a full 10!

    SilentCal
    Moderator
    Post count: 1285

    Awesome Dirt Girl!! Let me know if your hike-out plans change. Cathie’s looking forward to chatting with you again.

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