West Bond

July 25, 2002
(Tim & Danielle - Total Distance: 1 mile from Guyot Campsite)

On the morning of July 25th, we awoke to a beautiful sunrise at the Guyot campsite. After breakfast we packed some snacks, sweatshirts and windbreakers for our dayhike to the Bonds. West Bond was the first peak we bagged on our final assault on the 48 4,000 footers.  Had we know how awesome the views were from this summit we may have saved this peak for our final mountain. 

West Bond from Mt. Bond
West Bond from Mt. Bond

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West Bond Summit
West Bond Summit 
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The hike to West Bond from the campsite is just under a mile. Once reaching the spur trail to the summit the trail follows a flat winding path through the trees until the short and steep rocky ascent to the actual peak. When we finally broke treeline the views took our breath away! Nearby was the secondary summit of West Bond. That peak does not have a trail and luckily we were standing on the higher official peak. Off to the south we could see the steep sides of Bondcliff, our final destination on this day.

Looking toward South Twin we could clearly see the slides that fell down the mountain in 1994. What a sight that must have been. A little further west we had a nice view of Mt. Garfield and in the distance the Green Mountains in Vermont. From the summit of West Bond we continued our hike the rest of the way to the Mt. Bond summit.  

Slides on South Twin
Slides on South Twin
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Danielle on West Bond
Sundown from West Bond
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Later on that day we made a return trip to West Bond so we could watch the sunset over the mountains.  And what a spectacular sight it was. The shadows falling into the valley were something to behold. We watched the mountain shadows cover Bondcliff,  witnessed the coming darkness creep up on Mt. Carrigan off in the distance and beheld the beauty of the wilderness all around. If we are ever in this area again we will definitely visit the West Bond summit again.

 

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