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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by danf on January 27, 2015, 09:07:56 PM »
Measured on my back deck here in Effingham a bit ago.  It's still snowing, but not hard.  Relatives 15 miles southeast of us in Limerick, ME are reporting close to 3' at their house...
Events & Announcements / DMM Gear Giveaway!
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on January 27, 2015, 08:13:35 PM »
DMM Climbing will be bringing huge volumes of gear to give away at Ice Fest this year. Ice and mixed climbers will be especially thrilled to hear that the detail-focused climbing company based in Wales added two sizes of spectre hooks, offset nuts, torque nuts, and freedom leashes to the exceedingly generous pile of schwag.

(The products shown in the image above are just some of the items DMM will be giving away at Ice Fest)

Check out our blog for specifics on what DMM will be bringing, this lineup is incredible. Drop by their table and take a look at the products, too!
Ice & Winter Climbing / Steep ice
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on January 27, 2015, 07:23:19 PM »
Don't know how it is for you folks but for me if I am on a pillar that is close to or at my limit there is often a single defining swing where I know I will be able to finish the lead in style without taking a hang, bailing or falling off and getting hurt or killed.  that one swing where you might be haveing doubts about your ability to get to the top and you get a great solid one swing stick, you get good stems and your hips are in and suddenly you know you have this thing 8)  Had one of those moments yesterday on Crazy Diamond. looking up from the cave on the left the final pillar looked absolutly henious. Way bigger and steeper than it looks from the ground. Dead vert and no obvious stems or foot holds.  Starting up it I was a bit intimidated but about half way up I got a perfect stick, fired in a solid screw and knew it was a done deal. The rest of the climb was simply pleasure climbing 8)  Moments like that remind me how mental this game is.

Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on January 27, 2015, 04:45:06 PM »
Tons of hype here and 4" of snow ::)
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by eyebolter on January 27, 2015, 04:27:19 PM »
Well all told maybe 10 inches here.

For western Massachusetts, the only thing "historic" about this storm was the amount of hype.
Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by markvnh on January 27, 2015, 01:43:25 PM »
Pliny down the drain! Sacrilege!

Got done early yesterday so I went and rented a mountain bike and did a real nice 17 mile all flow ride near Folsom Lake (talk about drought - the beach area is probably a half mile from the water - it's devastating). Bike shop owner pointed me to a burger and beer dive bar in old downtown Folsom. Samuel Horne's - place was awesome and had great taps. Even had Pliny!

Enjoyed a couple Caldera Brewing Hoportunity Knocks IPA's from Oregon. Very nice!
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by Admin Al on January 27, 2015, 01:08:18 PM »
I am not much of a conspiracy believer...

It's all Obama's fault... ;-)
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by Jonny_Weld-a-Nut on January 27, 2015, 11:22:14 AM »
About 18 inches in SE Connecticut. 

Ariens snowblower cleared it no problem.   :)

Snow Day!

Trip Reports / The Flume & Silver Cascade
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on January 27, 2015, 11:18:04 AM »
So much fun yesterday morning. Really happy to cruise these before they get filled in with snow.

Anyone else ever go all the way to the Webster Cliff Trail? It is surprising close from where I think most of us stop climbing...
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by David_G48 on January 27, 2015, 09:18:55 AM »
I am not much of a conspiracy believer but you have to pause and wonder how Al has managed to miss the clean up of our 1st major storm and in LA no less. He will be back just in time to ski, climb and bike with all the roads and drives spanky clean. Nah, I think my mind meanders too much. Well I must go now and shovel some snow.
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