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Gear Exchange / Re: WTB: MCGS Rob Brook mt. biking map
« Last post by JBro on Today at 01:06:55 pm »
It's available on Amazon but $30.

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Gear Exchange / WTB: MCGS Rob Brook mt. biking map
« Last post by TC on Today at 07:53:14 am »
Anyone have the Rob Brook mountain biking map put out by Mountain Cycle Guide Service that they don't use anymore?  Let me know if so, I'd buy it from you.  I'm looking to explore the area more and that seems to be the best resource.   
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Upcoming Ice Fest
« Last post by markvnh on Today at 07:23:01 am »
I might have been a bit harsh in my first post. Its not about guides using resources - we have great local guides in the valley that climb all over - but a company using a resource for commercial purposes for that length of time that allot of “beginner” climbers use! They’re from MA and RI - I said stay in MA. They could certainly use the “Auburn ice canyon” or some other resource that isn’t as well traveled. Those places exist.

I don’t got to the flume so it’s not gonna affect me.
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Upcoming Ice Fest
« Last post by rbirk on Yesterday at 09:37:31 am »
Their event info this year said they will have smaller groups this year.
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Upcoming Ice Fest
« Last post by PG on Yesterday at 09:16:27 am »
Last year they were at the Kinsman Road cut. About 15 or 20 people at the road side, hanging out. I also seen them down at the Flume in previous years. Hanging about 5 or 6 ropes. I heard that they get down there around 6 AM to set up their ropes. They have been doing this for the past 4 or 5 years. Nice that they are advertising this. I know not to go there on that day. I'm not sure if they have the proper permits to guide on NF land or NH state parks.

PG
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Gear Exchange / Pair of Cassin X-Dream Ice Tools
« Last post by Admin Al on September 19, 2018, 08:57:37 pm »
I have a pair of Cassin X-Dream's that I used for part of one season and put them away. I will throw in a second set of unused T picks as a part of the deal. I want $440 for the pair. I'm only selling them as a pair.

I just really preferred my elderly Petzl Ergo's. PM me if you're interested...
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Review of Avalanche in Smuggs last March
« Last post by Admin Al on September 19, 2018, 07:50:26 pm »
I remember reading about this last year. It's well worth the review...

https://vtskiandride.com/avalanche-report-from-smugglers-notch-released/

What took place in this event reminds me of an incident in Central Gully! IMNSHO caused by arrogance!
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Question about Routes in Mt. Webster's Central Couloir Area
« Last post by RjBlake on September 19, 2018, 04:29:04 pm »
I've been trying to figure out where some routes are on Mt. Webster's central couloir, its adjacent gullies, and the headwall / buttresses between them. There is a thread or two discussing this with input from the parties involved (both here and over at NEice), but the photos they are referring to are no longer available in either place. I'm probably a ways off from climbing any of the harder stuff, but I think it is cool to be able to look up at the cliff and know where the routes go. I've added a link to a Google Slideshow that has a bunch of pictures of the area along with my best guess as to where some of the routes go. If you have more / better info and are willing to share it, that'd be great. I'll update the slideshow and share it back to the community (or keep it private if you prefer). Specifically I'd like to know: (1)Where does each of the Central Couloir variation finishes go?  (2) Where any of the routes between Central and Green's go, and (3) Whether I've identified Half Breed, Fool's Paradise, Winterland, VO2 and Heart Palace correctly?

Here's the link: Mt. Webster Ice Routes (Google Slideshow)

The photos are mostly my own, with a handful downloaded from Jack Dorsey's albums. (I don't have permission to use Jack's photos, but I also have no idea how to get in touch with him, here's hoping he is ok with this limited use).

Here are the described routes I've heard of from Looker's Left (North) to Right (South).

The Gallery (not pictured, a single pitch area on the left end of the slab).
Half Breed / Fool's Paradise
Central Couloir
- Left Finish - squirmy two pitch chimney 3+
- Central Finish M1 via brushy steps
- Winkler variation 4+ 5.8

And then in no particular order, three routes on the buttress between Central and Green's (some of which may be the same route).
- Suave Skeletons (Winkler / Gamache): three pitch mixed line.
- Smiling on a Cloudy Day (Alfonzo / Brad Libby): - 2 pitch 4+
- Unnamed (Cunningham / Sykes): 3+ mixed line with prominent "fluorite" crystals.

Followed by
- Green's Chasm
- unnamed Rossi/Eielle M8+ mixed thing on the right wall of Green's (there's an NEice article about it)
- Winterland (2003, Alfonzo, Brady Libby, Ted Hammond, possibly climbed before that), WI4 on the left side of the gully (guidebook says it is unclimbed)
- VO2 Gully
- Heart Palace (a yellow icicle in most descriptions)

Also I think I've seen some pictures of maybe Peter Doucette climbing some crazy mixed stuff up there on Facebook, but I never could find it again.







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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Upcoming Ice Fest
« Last post by RjBlake on September 19, 2018, 03:03:58 pm »
The RockSpot thing has been going on since at least 2015, maybe earlier. It's actually kind of nice because you know just where they will be and how to avoid them. Some of the other events seem to be in a lot of places, and are harder to avoid (though not that hard really, if you skip the TR crags).


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Partner Exchange / Re: ICE CLIMBIG PARTNER SOUGHT
« Last post by oldfiedlowe@aol.com on September 19, 2018, 11:06:50 am »
Hi Mark. sorry my email let you down, try again.
oldfieldlowe@aol.com
Geoff
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