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Tim&Val
08-06-2007, 06:43 PM
OK, the first thing I would like to do is apologize to everyone that didn't get to spend the weekend in the Whites. I am not doing this to antagonize you! ;)

Tim and I spent the weekend (Sat-Mon) backcountry camping in the Pemi Wilderness, and while we were there, we bagged all three of the Bonds on the absolute best day of the year!

On the same morning that Mt Washington was reporting 120-mile visibility, we were sitting alone on top of Bondcliff at 9:15am. It was glorious.

Trip report can be found here:
http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/TheBonds/20070805/TheBondsFrames.htm

I think this has become my favorite hike in the Whites!
Valerie

Brad
08-06-2007, 06:52 PM
Staggering pictures! What an amazing place - the view - standing on that rock outcropping - oh my goodness.

KD Talbot
08-06-2007, 07:03 PM
I've done the Bonds in conjunction with Zealand 3 times, with a backpack to Bondcliff for a fourth trip there. They are without a doubt one of my favorite trips in the Whites. Glad to see you had mostly good weather and that you enjoyed the views. My wife and dog finished their 48 on Bondcliff. We hiked 20 miles that day with visibility of about a 1/2 mile. We had to go back so she could see what she missed. If you're interested in our trips to the Bonds, they can be found here:

http://ghostflowers.com/white_mtns4000/4000.html

Thanks for the trip report and pics, excellent job! And congrats on getting the Bonds under your belt, this is one of the toughest trips you can do in the Whites, many save it for late in their 4000 Footer list.

KDT

Tim&Val
08-06-2007, 08:40 PM
Thanks for the link, KD! We're always looking for other people's opinions of trails, etc. Your site is a resource of great info and pictures! Beautiful job! Your pictures from your Bonds trip show such great autumn color, I think we'll need to head back in there in October.

Your account of your first Tripyramids trip makes me grateful that I picked the road less traveled for ours... Sabbaday Brook Trail. We hardly saw a soul all day on the long "out and back", but I avoided the slides. Tim is pushing hard for the slides in the future, but I will go into the situation well informed. Thanks again!

Valerie

Tim&Val
08-06-2007, 08:51 PM
... and Brad, you said in another thread that you did a "run up" Bond for a sunset?? Whew! I wasn't running anywhere after this hike, but MULTIPLE people told us that sunset on West Bond was a very moving experience. I can only imagine!

Valerie

Brad
08-06-2007, 09:08 PM
... and Brad, you said in another thread that you did a "run up" Bond for a sunset?? Whew! I wasn't running anywhere after this hike, but MULTIPLE people told us that sunset on West Bond was a very moving experience. I can only imagine!

Valerie
That was in my wild younger days.

lwa11
08-08-2007, 10:13 PM
looks like an awesome trip

Steve M
08-09-2007, 07:02 AM
Wow, that is one thing I look forward to when the kids get older, being able to spend multiple days in the wilderness hiking and camping. There is nothing like it. Great photos and trip report! Thanks.