NH4K - Hale, Zealand, and the three Bonds (EXTREME)

  • June 1, 2013 · 5:15 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ [masked]


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.


Event Summary

The plan is to climb five of the 4,000 footers in NH - Hale (#38 @ 4,054'), Zealand (#31 @ 4,260'), West Bond (#16 @ 4,540'), Bond (#14 @ 4,698'), and Bondcliff (#30 @ 4,265'). Bond is the highest peak in the southern Twin range and is one of the most remote peaks in the White Mountains. From Bond’s summit, there is virtually no sign of human impact in the form of roads or buildings. Part of this trip will pass through the Pemigewasset Wilderness where group size is limited to a maximum of ten (half from Random Hikers and half from AMC).

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here.

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) trip we will hike about 21.8 miles and climb about 6,200 feet. It should take an average hiker about 14 hours 0 minutes to complete this trip. This event is considered to be EXTREME because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We will begin by using Hale Brook Trail to reach our first summit and then we will use the Lend-A-Hand Trail Trial, the Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, and Lincoln Woods Trail during our trip.

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

This trip is being offered to both the Random Hikers and the AMC so you will need to sign the standard AMC liability waiver. If you are not familiar with it you can review it by clicking here.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they have been hiking as often as you have - bring a leash and a copy of their most recent rabies vaccination.


Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or if you have any questions refer to the list below or contact me.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone.



Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.



We will meet at 5:30 AM in the Lincoln Woods Visitors Center parking lot - it is located on the north side of Route 112 in Lincoln, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 135 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 10 minutes to drive there. Since this is where we will end our hike we will leave a few cars here and carpool a little further north to where we will start our hike.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.


Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Tim

    Al, thanks for your great pics as well!

    June 2, 2013

    • Al

      Thanks Tim !

      June 3, 2013

  • Tim

    Great hike with a strong group! Beautiful day to be out in the whites with old friends and making some new ones. Very challenging hike and despite that we managed to come in under book. I even had time to soak my feet in the Pemi river and relax. Jesse, thanks for the great pics!

    June 2, 2013

  • Jesse

    Good hike, we got lucky with the weather & got out before dark

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Al

    Awesome Hike !

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • John (LAG) Lagasse

    FYI: Last time I did this everyone was VERY thirsty and the end. Bring lots of water and a filter getting water near the end.

    May 31, 2013

    • Michael Blair

      In the summer I always have a way to treat more water - would rather know where I can refill than carry it all with. I think I went through about 12 liters yesterday, and there ain't no way I'm carrying that much in my pack.

      June 2, 2013

  • Monica Trust

    What an awesome hike! My legs are feeling sore today and what a good feeling that is. It was great hiking with everyone.

    June 2, 2013

  • Joe Ciarcia

    Hi everyone, here's the GPS track from today:


    Unfortunately my batteries died a few miles from the finish line. Tim and I hit the parking lot at approximately 7:45 PM so total hike time was about 13 hours 10 minutes.

    In the section where we really started cruising, our average speed was 2.8 MPH. We covered 2.1 miles in a little under 46 minutes and dropped 1031 feet in altitude. Note that this average speed includes a few breaks so our actually moving average would have been faster and indeed, many of the sample points show us moving over 3.5 MPH. If you want to overlay this track in Google Earth, you can download the GPX data file from the link above.

    Great hiking with everyone. Sorry I was holding everyone up on the climb. Glad I found my 2nd wind on the descent.

    Cheers, Joe

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Michael Blair

    The weather for Saturday - a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph. If this is what it is tomorrow too we will still go on Saturday.

    May 30, 2013

  • Michael Blair

    If you are on the waiting list I am not sure if we will have any spots that open up. Since we are traveling in a Wilderness Protection Area our group size is limited to 10 and there are others coming from the AMC. A spot may open up but it will be last minute.

    May 30, 2013

  • Joe Ciarcia

    To bring champagne, or not to bring champagne. That is the question!

    May 20, 2013

    • Chris Gambino

      Its a car spot trip...one could argue a cooler with beer in it is a solid idea. Especially if someone was to stake a camp site out at hancock or lafayette campground.

      May 20, 2013

    • Bill

      I know I'll be hauling a beer along with me, for when I hit Bondcliff. I'm sure it will help my legs for the remaining miles of the loop. ;)

      May 20, 2013

  • John

    Wish I could have made this!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Amal

    OKay, now that the Sun's up, I'm realizing that I might be in a little over my head...I'll try again later in the summer. Have fun.

    April 29, 2013

  • Bill

    Hope I see you guys that day, I'm tentatively planning a counter-clockwise Pemi Loop for that day. Meet you on Guyot? :)

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • Michael Blair

      Counter clockwise? Not for me. Did it clock wise to get the climbing out of the way while fresh. Will be doing it again later in the year. See you near Guyot. :-)

      April 28, 2013

  • Stefanie

    I'm already out of breath reading your description ;)) Have a blast.

    April 28, 2013

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