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    Zealand Loop in the NH White Mountains

    To celebrate my 63rd I did a 2 day, 17 mile solo loop hike starting at the end of Zealand Road off Rt 302 about 3 miles South of Twin Mountain, NH. Zealand trail to the A-Z trail to the top of Mt Tom. I had the top of the mountain to myself as the full moon came up and the sky cleared, perfect for viewing the Perseid meteor showers between 1 and 2am. After dinner I climbed into my WBBB for a snooze to be awakened about 11pm by a black bear huffing and woofing in frustration at not being able to reach my food cache tied 20 ft up in a tree about 50 ft from my hammock. He huffed on and off for about 15 minutes, I held my breath for 30 minutes! I was armed with a flashlight and a whistle, I used neither. About 1 am I got out to watch the Perseid meteor showers for an hour or so, thankfully my black bear friend declined to join me.
    After coffee the next morning I headed over the Mt Willey range trail to Mt Field, and then Mt Willey where I made the descent down Mt Willey. The Mt Willey decent is very steep with major scrambling involved, it's no fun, at least not for me.
    At the bottom I picked up AT which, after a climb back to 2500 ft, is mostly level past Ethan Pond Shelter and Thoreau Falls to the Zealand Cliffs. Once on the Zealand cliffs trail it's about 5 miles passing AMC's Zealand Hut to the parking lot. Great trip and I bagged 3 4000 footers, too!
    btw-get a WMFS multiday parking pass at the trading post a couple miles south of Rt 3 on Rt 302, I paid $5 instead of $9 at the self serve parking kiosk at the trailhead.

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    Congrates on your BD and the hike. Nice rig in a nice spot. The bear stuff was funny.
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    Congratulations on your birthday, what a great way to celebrate it. I'll bet the show was great from up there, glad to hear the bear didn't spoil it.

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    Happy birthday dynoflyer, there's a certain inner peace that comes over me
    when I see such great views, nicely done.

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    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday, Happy Birthday to ya!
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    Happy Birthday Dynoflyer! I have a vacation place in the Whites because that's my favorite place to hike!
    Nice pictures and your setup looks awesome!
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    Happy B -day. Great report and picts thanks for sharing them.

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    Awesome pictures dude! The bear incident made me laugh. How did you like seeing the shower?

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    Happy Birthday. Great report and pics thanks for sharing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    Awesome pictures dude! The bear incident made me laugh. How did you like seeing the shower?

    Fronkey
    Fronkey, the meteor showers were awesome. Something like ~15 an hour? I left the Nikon and tripod at home (too heavy ) would've liked to get some time exposures but I only had the camera in my blackberry.
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