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Title: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 16, 2011, 11:25:43 PM
It rained pretty much all day Thursday, but just flurried on Friday. it's 37 degrees here at Cathedral Ledge at 11:25PM on Friday!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 18, 2011, 09:51:31 AM
it's 18 degrees at 9:50 AM. cold cold cold cold... this is pretty much the coldest day we've had this season. it's not likely to get out of the teens all day. the only good thing is that it's not windy here in the Valley. if this doesn't get ice forming, I don't know what will!!!!!

bundle up folks.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 21, 2011, 08:16:32 PM
we had freezing rain all afternoon and temps have warmed up to 38 at 8:15 pm. [SIGH] looks like a warm day tomorrow, but getting colder for the weekend.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 22, 2011, 08:16:55 AM
48 degrees at 6:30, 44 at 8:15, not very promising... [sigh]
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 23, 2011, 07:33:42 AM
there's SNOW out there folks! 4-5 already and it's still comin' down. it's a white Christmas...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Dave7 on December 23, 2011, 10:40:33 AM
SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+1
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 23, 2011, 11:47:08 AM
just in from snowblowing the driveway & deck. [yuck] the snow stopped about 10am here in the Valley. I think we got about 5 inches all total. it was fluffy at first but heavy & wet now 'cause the temp is all the way up to a balmy 42 right now at 11:45!!!!

unfortunately I don't think that this is going to help the ice all that much unless it gets cold again.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 27, 2011, 11:09:59 PM
Unfortunately it's raining cats & dogs here in the Valley right now. I'm hoping for some really cold temps by tomorrow night to set all this moisture. Stay tuned...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on December 28, 2011, 07:40:13 AM
I drove through Crawford notch last evening around 5:00PM...It was a mix of snow and freezing rain. We received about an inch of snow and then got freezing rain on top of that last night (Hurricane Mt. Road). Needless to say, the driveway is a sheet of ice! Colder temps this evening on through the rest of the week should help. Not sure the damage was as bad as we all anticipated. Hopefully the temps today don't affect those areas in the higher elevations. We will see...going out tomorrow to climb!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on December 28, 2011, 11:19:50 AM
AH Memories.....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 28, 2011, 12:05:29 PM
45 degrees here in the Valley right now. colder temps are on the way, but we have another 12-20 hours to get through for now.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 08, 2012, 11:39:40 AM
it has been 2 days of warmish temps. the ice is pretty good, but we need some more cold days and nights, some snow would be nice too...  :P
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DWT on January 08, 2012, 06:13:23 PM
+1 for snow.  Walking around on the steeper stuff was interesting this weekend.  I took a mean digger on the descent from shoestring.  My entire body was horizontal for a split second.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on January 08, 2012, 06:34:08 PM
+1 for snow.  Walking around on the steeper stuff was interesting this weekend.  I took a mean digger on the descent from shoestring.  My entire body was horizontal for a split second.

Yup i did the same. I have a rib right up under my left arm that hates me right now. Fucking dumb ass i am as i had micro spikes in my bag.

I was rushing as another soloist that was heading down also was waiting on me. Last time i do that. I had been over on Willard just before and you would swear they musta been blowing snow on the trail down in comparison to Webster...

I lost my favorite dam blue hat in the process of rushing also i think.

Ahh well all in all a sweet sweet day out...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 08, 2012, 10:45:57 PM
microspikes are a must on most trails right now.  :P
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on January 09, 2012, 09:15:38 PM
microspikes are a must on most trails right now.  :P

I wouldn't say must but they sure will make it much more easy.....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 12, 2012, 08:44:28 AM
sn, sn, sn, snnnnnoooooooowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 ;D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on January 12, 2012, 09:28:49 AM
sn, sn, sn, snnnnnoooooooowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 ;D

Is it snow...

i have a planned climb in the AM and i am worried about rain. Keep me posted if you have the time or think about it?

Thank you,
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 12, 2012, 11:30:14 AM
it looks as if everything is gonna be snow, at least from the projected temps for the next 48 hours.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on January 12, 2012, 01:11:19 PM
it looks as if everything is gonna be snow, at least from the projected temps for the next 48 hours.

I just checked Weather.com and they are saying late morning to mid afternoon the temp will be 34-35% and rain or freezing rain?

Anyone seen Remission or Repentance in the last day or two?

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 12, 2012, 01:21:30 PM
Anyone seen Remission or Repentance in the last day or two?

look at the home page picture...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on January 12, 2012, 01:40:00 PM
Anyone seen Remission or Repentance in the last day or two?

look at the home page picture...

Another retarded moment on my part. My computer skip right past the home page when i log in due to the tool bar web page memory thingy on macs..

Looking good to me!!

Now if i twas not gonna rain tomorrow morning/afternoon grrrr!!!

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 12, 2012, 01:48:54 PM
I'd be surprised if it rained. here's the MWO predictions:

Friday: Cloudy w/ sleet early, and a chance of afternoon snow.
Highs: Upper 30sF
Lows: Upper 0sF

Saturday: Mostly cloudy.
Highs: Mid 10sF
Lows: Around 10 belowF

Sunday: Mostly sunny.
Highs: Mid 0sF
Lows: Around 10 belowF
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 15, 2012, 08:39:35 AM
5 degrees above at 8:38!  :o  definitely a day to do something a bit more energetic than belaying IMNSHO...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Eric McCallister on February 21, 2012, 11:51:26 AM
Climbed Repentance and Super Goofers yesterday... both are pretty bunk. Much of that big ice that is currently in Repentance is unbonded... tread very lightly! Big pieces falling out of it, though I've never seen it in such easy-to-climb conditions, and large sections of Super Goofers were calving off. I don't think they are long for this world if we get any rain, at least in my opinion.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 22, 2012, 06:34:00 PM
50 degrees here in the Valley today, Wednesday. I would stay off the big stuff down here for sure. time to stay on stuff in teh shade at Frankenstein, or up in the Ravines.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 02, 2012, 06:49:30 AM
we got a good 8 inches of light fluffy snow on Thursday. The prediction is for off and on flurries today moving into mixed stuff Friday night and Saturday morning, clearing off by mid-morning.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 02, 2012, 10:01:25 AM
we got a good 8 inches of light fluffy snow on Thursday. The prediction is for off and on flurries today moving into mixed stuff Friday night and Saturday morning, clearing off by mid-morning.

Al,

Thanks for all the updates and the warning.

looking to head up tomorrow from the Boston Burbs. From what i can find you are all calling for a mixed bag of precip. You are saying it is called to end mid morning?  Tell me more as i really wanna get out and play on something?

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 02, 2012, 04:31:39 PM
I just watch the WMUR weather & radar, the check the MW Obs Valley weather and last have a look a NOAA. and on top of that I'm guiding tomorrow so I suppose some of it's wishful thinking... [grin]
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on March 02, 2012, 06:34:39 PM
Couple useful links to bookmark:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=North+Conway&state=NH&site=GYX&textField1=44.0538&textField2=-71.1268&e=0

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/summit_forecast.php

http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 02, 2012, 09:09:13 PM
Couple useful links to bookmark:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=North+Conway&state=NH&site=GYX&textField1=44.0538&textField2=-71.1268&e=0

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/summit_forecast.php

http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/

The above and weather.com are a part of my daily coffee routine.

Often New Hampshire locals get a very different forecast than us Massholes.

Thanks guys. Gonna keep the figures crossed and hope i am not driving into the rain at 4am.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 03, 2012, 07:27:41 AM
about 3" of snow overnight here in the Valley at 7:30AM. not sure when/if it's going top turn to rain/sleet/slush/mix. heading out to guide in a few minutes...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: perswig on March 03, 2012, 09:00:05 AM
Hope you're wearing your hard-shell today, Al, and have some tea in the thermos. 
Yuck.

Dale
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 03, 2012, 05:46:14 PM
what a strange day... started out with freezing rain at 8, then full-on rain at 9:30 driving up into Crawford Notch, then big snowflakes hiking into Lost In The Forest with 11 scouts & 2 scout-masters, the snow stopped when we got up to the climb, then around 11 it started warming up & clearing, by 2:30 it was clear with patches of cloud/fog across the valley and we could occasionally see Mt Washington, then as we were leaving it totally cleared off, it was sunny and 40 as we passed Attitash, then as we turned onto west Side Road there was a 500' layer of cloud laying across the Valley and it was very humid. as we went past Cathedral Ledge you could not even see the cliff! according to my wife it had been like that all day in the MWV and the power had even gone off for an hour. right now at 5:45 it's cloudy/foggy and 39 degrees.

amazing...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 04, 2012, 09:15:57 PM
Agreed strange day in the notch. I did notice a rather large and young group while looking down off of Standard. What a beautiful day it ended up being thought ehy. Imagine people stayed home and opted out of that one;)

The fog rolling along the top of the cliffs just moments after giant snow flakes was exactly what makes climbing so freakin awesome imop..
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 07, 2012, 04:52:17 PM
oh my, what a day... 50+ degrees here in the Valley! I got out for a nice 15 mile ride on my bike for the first time in a while. it was sweet... hoping for a 3 sport day tomorrow: Elephant Head or equivalent, xc ski down Mt Clinton Road and bike from Willey House to top of Crawford Notch & back. can't miss out on these days...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 07, 2012, 06:57:43 PM
oh my, what a day... 50+ degrees here in the Valley! I got out for a nice 15 mile ride on my bike for the first time in a while. it was sweet... hoping for a 3 sport day tomorrow: Elephant Head or equivalent, xc ski down Mt Clinton Road and bike from Willey House to top of Crawford Notch & back. can't miss out on these days...

Now that sounds like fun. I got off the trainer yesterday and go tout for about 15-20 miles on the road bike myself. Wish i had the Climb Ride Ski option. Soon the water will warm up and i will be able to do the swim, climb, run, ride thing but it just is not the same as having ice and snow.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: elliott reid on March 09, 2012, 12:34:01 AM
What are the current (March 8th 2012) conditions on Cathedral? I would like to climb some 5.6 - 5.8 routes but I am concerned that everything will be wet. Can some please tell me that my assumption is wrong. Does anyone have insight as to what will be dry this sunday at the about mentioned grade?

Thanks for the help
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DWT on March 09, 2012, 05:16:49 AM
Elliot,

It's not in the valley but,  Rock Rimmon has tons of climbs at the grade.   As of yesterday, it's mostly dry.  By Sunday it'll be dry as a biscuit.

Cheers
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on March 09, 2012, 07:31:15 AM
Your assumption is dead on Elliot, unfortunately things are going to be wet for a while at Cathedral. There is still a lot of ice and snow above the routes that one needs to consider as well, even when the majority of the routes down low dry out. I think DWT's suggestion is a good one. Now sure what Humphrey's is looking like or how much junk is above melting out now, but being south facing, that tends to dry out a bit earlier than Cathedral. Plenty of moderates over there to keep you busy.

~g
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: elliott reid on March 09, 2012, 01:56:43 PM
Thanks. I appreciate the info.

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 10, 2012, 04:25:09 PM
I was at the North End today and it was still OK, going fast, but OK. the slab looked fine as well, but I didn't check out Thresher.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 10, 2012, 04:31:33 PM
I was at the North End today and it was still OK, going fast, but OK. the slab looked fine as well, but I didn't check out Thresher.

Thanks for the update.

Skipped out on Frankenstein today as i figured the lines could be nuts and options few.

Hope to get two days in this week regardless, looks like i will be taking more than one long ass walk but i am keeping my fingers crossed we have the place to out lonesome. If the ice is good and people few or none i will walk as far as i have to this time of year.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 16, 2012, 10:32:45 AM
the third drizzly/raw day. starting to make me a bit crazy since I can't even ride the bike - or I don't WANT to ride in this weather. [sigh] the only positive thing is that it's helping to clear some of the ice & snow off the cliffs. but now it's going to take a couple of sunny days to dry things off again. looks like next week will be nice tho...

apparently there was an undercast on Mt Washington yesterday and it was beautiful from about 3500' and above. go figure...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on March 16, 2012, 11:58:06 AM

apparently there was an undercast on Mt Washington yesterday and it was beautiful from about 3500' and above. go figure...

I love it when it is like that, first time we did the Presidential traverse in winter we woke up (illegally) at the Edmunds Col shelter to those conditions.  Undercast, bright sun, NO wind - SWEET!   

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DWT on March 16, 2012, 05:49:46 PM
ABPT1976,

Did you make out to Madison Gulf last week?  Pics ? Trip Report?  How was it man? I've been dying to get a trip together for that place.  Maybe next season(sigh).

Derek
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on March 16, 2012, 06:50:59 PM

apparently there was an undercast on Mt Washington yesterday and it was beautiful from about 3500' and above. go figure...

I love it when it is like that, first time we did the Presidential traverse in winter we woke up (illegally) at the Edmunds Col shelter to those conditions.  Undercast, bright sun, NO wind - SWEET!

Theres a shelter at Edmunds Col?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 16, 2012, 07:14:57 PM
DWT

Yes myself and two others got out last Sunday. We ended up having the place to our self. I did notice as we topped out what looked like another party of two bushwacking in. If indeed they where they must have been planning to spend the night as it was 5:30pm. I was shocked to be honest as the Lowes lot was full...

I do not have pics as one of my buddies has my camera. We did not get out of the woods till 8:30 pm and it was a mad scramble to hurry up and go our own ways as two of the three of us have jobs that require a good nights rest. The bum i am did not get home till 1am and then slept till 11am the next day.

 Part of our long day was due to two of the three of us forgetting micro spikes of some sort or just not thinking we would need them. The trail that was covered in snow on the way out to the gulf in the am but had all but melted out and turned to a sheet of ice starting about half way down on our return. Needless to say it made for some real slow going, musta got real warm down low mid day? A trail i usually descend in 1.5 hours from the summit of Adams or Madison took 3 freaking hours. Still we had a blast so it did not matter a bit!!

It was my first time climbing in the Gulf and i gotta say after breaking outa the bushwack into the open i felt like a kid in a freaking candy store!!! Next time i venture into the gulf i will take  a tent and spend two or three days. It was like a paradise to me as i just love that way out in the woods all alone feeling. Even better was my two buddies insisted i lead most of the climb. Yes looking at all the trails cut over on Wildcat takes away from the way in the woods feeling but for New England it seems as good as it gets.

The ice was baking fast and imop in some pretty scrappy shape already. Climbable still but going fast, again just my opinion. We where putting snow balls over most of our screws and much of the ice was just junk to be honest. It at least made for some real easy first sticks but you really had to look for good screw placements. I was told i failed a couple and places some junk. Live and learn i suppose as i lived ;)

I will post pics when i get my camera back. My buddy also took a few pics. I have some crap video but it is just that crap so no need to share.

Heading in i figured i would be back for more this weekend. Post climb it seemed like a big risk for such a long approach and i had decided before we topped i out i would not be back this year. I figured worst case i would get up into Huntington this week or weekend but after reading about large icefall and solo climbing i decided it a better idea to hang up the tools for the season.

I don't climb rock but i went to my local gym today and bought my first pair of shoes and bouldered till my shoulder was killing me and my hands began to blister. I found a group to climb with Sunday at Quincy quarries. I hope to continue pick up right where i left off with ice and get out 2-03 days a week all season? Should be a bit more easy to do than with ice as i dont always have to drive 3 plus hours twice in one day.



It will be a long 7-8 months till i see ice again :(
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on March 16, 2012, 07:49:53 PM
"Theres a shelter at Edmunds Col?"

The operative word is "was"

We're talking the 1970's here, the days of the bee-gees and cocaine.  It was illegal, but everybody doing a winter traverse would stay there.  That is why they removed the shelter. 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 26, 2012, 09:08:22 AM
9:00 AM on Monday: 34 degrees, 30 MPH wind gusts out of the North giving a wind chill of 29! Sheesh, you'd think it was late March of something...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 26, 2012, 10:31:21 AM
32 degrees, wind chill 26 and snow flurries!!!!! WTF?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DWT on March 26, 2012, 05:47:10 PM
The headline on Accuweather reads, "Reality Check for Great Lakes and Northeast".  Sheesh!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 26, 2012, 06:28:24 PM
dropped down to 29 degrees with a wind chill of 24!!

reality check indeed...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 28, 2012, 08:48:49 AM
Wednesday at 8:45 AM, 33 degrees and snow on the ground... oh yeah, it's March 28th!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on March 31, 2012, 01:19:47 PM
Took a look at the weather online. It is rainy, cloudy and cold just outside Boston toady. What is it looking like up north at the moment. looks like it was partly sunny today from what i can tell. Is the rock dry and worth a trip north tomorrow?

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 31, 2012, 01:56:36 PM
who knows about tomorrow? it's 47 and sunny here now. look at the webcam! there are folks on the prow & south buttress... I'm going for a bike ride right NOW.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 15, 2012, 07:47:52 AM
Saturday night was one of the first nights in a while when it didn't get below 40! it's 48 at 7:45 and it looks like it's going to be a great day.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 18, 2012, 07:44:58 AM
Yet another more beautiful day on tap... So it's "real" work in the AM, house stuff after lunch, practice bass for a couple of hours and then Hurricane Mt Road at 4. Sweet...

BTW the bugs are on the way. mosquitoes are out at dusk and the black flies are around, tho not biting yet. Be sure to check yourself & animals after being in the woods since the ticks are DEFINITELY happening!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on April 20, 2012, 10:19:34 AM
Drove by Elephant Head gully two days ago...looks like it is out!  :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 20, 2012, 11:01:17 AM
Drove by Elephant Head gully two days ago...looks like it is out!  :)

LOL - ya think?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 27, 2012, 04:01:03 PM
40 degrees, occasional flurries and 20+ mph gusts. It definitely feels like winter out there today!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on April 27, 2012, 04:31:00 PM
40 degrees, occasional flurries and 20+ mph gusts. It definitely feels like winter out there today!

WTF

The weather i New England always keeps us on our toes but this is just getting freaking wacko!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 27, 2012, 06:28:00 PM
dropped down to 37 and the wind is howling out of the north. winter is back...

as my 12 year old son says "It's fricking snowing out there!"
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 30, 2012, 05:06:04 PM
Just back from Found Ledge with Joe & Judy Perez. we were going to climb on the Little Slab and do our new routes, but there was water seeping on it all day. So we went over and climbed the 2 newish routes on the Littlest Slab, just left of the Lumberjack Wall. One is 5.5 and the other 5.6 with a single bolt on each and no other gear. They are almost exactly 1/2 rope length. I think that they are really just fine with the single bolt as they are extremely easy after the bolt, like the upper Whitehorse slab. You're pretty much just walking up the slab hauling the rope.

Then I walked over and set up a TR on Lumberjack Crack. At 5.11c this is a whole 'nother ballgame. I felt great that I managed it with only about 4 hangs. There is no way I could imagine leading it, but it's fun to play on. [grin] The last 1/3 is amazing. I can't figure how you would lead it. There is no gear and it is definitely NOT positive.

All in all a great day...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on April 30, 2012, 07:20:36 PM
RP's baby  !!! 8)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 30, 2012, 06:57:48 AM
we've had some unbelievable weather the past couple of days. storms blowing through one after the other, with tons of rain, thunder and lightening. there was a lightening storm on Monday night that woke me up from a deep sleep and another Tuesday morning at about 8 AM that fried my mother in-law's laptop! the power went out here in the Valley for about an hour on Tuesday night. this has been one for teh record books...  :o
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on May 30, 2012, 08:15:31 AM
Up all night with 2" of water in the basement...pretty much everything down there is toast. HAve to pull all the carpet and tear out the drywall before mold sets in...give me a yurt in Ojai california , rasied vegitable beds and a 20 hour a week job...and all this crap will be a distant memory.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on May 30, 2012, 09:26:10 AM
How about a small strawbale near durango , growing weed ? :D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 30, 2012, 09:57:21 AM
Up all night with 2" of water in the basement...

wasn't this happening when you bought the house., what 4 years ago? wow...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on May 30, 2012, 10:18:08 AM
Up all night with 2" of water in the basement...pretty much everything down there is toast. HAve to pull all the carpet and tear out the drywall before mold sets in...give me a yurt in Ojai california , rasied vegitable beds and a 20 hour a week job...and all this crap will be a distant memory.

Man that sucks water is the worst.. I feel for you man i have a basement that takes on water once or twice a decade in a major way and is a real pita when it happens.

Just keeping paint on the house the beds weeded and the lawn green is chore enough imop. If i could do it again it again and i have been looking i think i would do the house made out of two or three shipping containers and low maintenance natural landscaping. And no freaking neighbors to deal with on a daily basis!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on May 30, 2012, 12:37:49 PM
How about a small strawbale near durango , growing weed ? :D

That works....or a cobb house..been researching those too!! Love the natural handbuilt homes...with no basement!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on May 30, 2012, 12:38:59 PM
Well...nothing $10-12K won't take care of!!  :-[
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeff on May 30, 2012, 03:50:41 PM
 Grammy, Having twice cut out and hauled out saturated 6'x6' pieces of wall to wall carpet and undermatting within 10 months when my daughter was in high school I feel your pain. The first time was just before her prom and the post prom party was to be held in that room 10 days later (we had just had it refinished for the affair!) Those carpet pieces rolled up were probably the heaviest things I've ever lifted by the time the job was done-- give me 5 cords of firewood to stack any day!! I was ready to give the house to the highest bidder and move into my North Face VE24!! Courage brother! This too shall pass but it will suck worse than shoulder rehab! :( :'(
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: apbt1976 on May 30, 2012, 05:02:23 PM
Grammy, Having twice cut out and hauled out saturated 6'x6' pieces of wall to wall carpet and undermatting within 10 months when my daughter was in high school I feel your pain. The first time was just before her prom and the post prom party was to be held in that room 10 days later (we had just had it refinished for the affair!) Those carpet pieces rolled up were probably the heaviest things I've ever lifted by the time the job was done-- give me 5 cords of firewood to stack any day!! I was ready to give the house to the highest bidder and move into my North Face VE24!! Courage brother! This too shall pass but it will suck worse than shoulder rehab! :( :'(

That's right go easy on the freaking shoulder dealing with this. I totally did not think about that one....

I am not made of time but i have more than most. If you are really in a jam and need a hand i could lend one. In another life i was a residential building contractor and can do most anything you would need and very well other than plumbing and electrical. No this is not some plea for work as i am allergic but rather feel for you with that shoulder. My best guess is it is still kinda on the mend? I have had my fair share of household catastrophes to deal with mid rehab and it can really wreck ones head re injuring over a stupid freaking household chore!!

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on May 30, 2012, 05:15:06 PM
That's right go easy on the freaking shoulder dealing with this. I totally did not think about that one....

I am not made of time but i have more than most. If you are really in a jam and need a hand i could lend one. In another life i was a residential building contractor and can do most anything you would need and very well other than plumbing and electrical. No this is not some plea for work as i am allergic but rather feel for you with that shoulder. My best guess is it is still kinda on the mend? I have had my fair share of household catastrophes to deal with mid rehab and it can really wreck ones head re injuring over a stupid freaking household chore!!

Thanks you guys...the hardest part has been separating the carpet from the wall with the tack board...it is stuck like glue and being wet doesn't give me the purchase I need...plus it weighs a shit ton!! I am cutting it and the 1" wool mat into small manageable pieces to lug out. So far so good. I have a few guys coming to look at it next week.

We are going to have to jack the floor around the perimeter, add perforated pipe, crushed stone and waterproof membrane...then cement over it with a sump pump with a back up battery...probably a marine grade deep cell would be my guess. If I can do most of the work. I could save some money...we will get the estimates and make the call from there! Just don't have time for this shit!! <sigh>
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeff on May 30, 2012, 11:17:36 PM
It weighs a shit ton indeed--my advice = cut those pieces smaller than my 6'x6'-- they were desperate to carry out saturated and after a few I went to about 4'x4'-- still a heavy load! We went through all that -- jackhammering the edges, pipe, gravel and pump plus back-up pump to kick in if first can't handle the flow plus back up battery-- a financial b*** buster, but so far no repeat problems for 5+ years (knock on wood, stroke rabbit's foot, say prayers, hang prayer flags, bow down to all powers higher than mine, bless the fleet, sprinkle mescal around, etc.)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on May 31, 2012, 09:11:56 AM
How about a small strawbale near durango , growing weed ? :D

That works....or a cobb house..been researching those too!! Love the natural handbuilt homes...with no basement!!

I know one of the first things i eliminated was a basement. Ring beam foundation with rubble trench footer. Works great. Big , rough cut beams and cork floors.. nice on the old feet
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on May 31, 2012, 09:48:07 AM
I know one of the first things i eliminated was a basement. Ring beam foundation with rubble trench footer. Works great. Big , rough cut beams and cork floors.. nice on the old feet

+1   :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on May 31, 2012, 04:05:00 PM
How about something like this grammy ?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on June 01, 2012, 06:20:14 AM
How about something like this grammy ?

That's what I am talking about John!

I have been diving through all the books on handmade homes, strawbail construction, cobb houses, yurts, etc...once the girls finish school...that is the route I am taking! Where is this? IS this yours?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on June 01, 2012, 12:14:02 PM
Yup ... I;ll send you some details.

Can you pm photos ??
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on June 01, 2012, 01:40:36 PM
Yup ... I;ll send you some details.

Can you pm photos ??

If not...

Sabre28mk1@yahoo.com

Looks like my dream house bro. Did you build it yourself?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 30, 2012, 07:30:22 AM
check out the Ice Report this week. looks like we are almost there. I climbed Standard Route on Thursday! it's cold enough...all we need is some snow and we'll have ice pretty much everywhere.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on November 30, 2012, 11:40:53 AM
check out the Ice Report this week. looks like we are almost there. I climbed Standard Route on Thursday! it's cold enough...all we need is some snow and we'll have ice pretty much everywhere.

I am hitting it this weekend...some good early season soloing to be done!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 30, 2012, 01:01:57 PM
I would get an early start. I'm sure it's going to be crazy busy this weekend
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 05, 2012, 09:41:25 AM
DON"T SHOOT THE MESSENGER but it rained about 1/8" last night and now it's 51 degrees here at Cathedral Ledge!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on December 05, 2012, 11:10:06 AM
SUX!   :-\
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 05, 2012, 04:11:36 PM
temps have dropped to 37 now and it's trying to spit snow... it's still too warm tho.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on December 05, 2012, 10:20:29 PM
Took a drive through Pinkham tonight...nothing left up there. Frankenstein is toast. Pray for colder temps.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 05, 2012, 11:33:23 PM
Took a drive through Pinkham tonight...nothing left up there. Frankenstein is toast. Pray for colder temps.

sheesh...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 09, 2012, 12:49:18 PM
46 degrees and sunny here in the Valley on Sunday at 12:48! can you believe it? I got no choice but to go for a bike ride...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: rbirk on December 09, 2012, 11:02:00 PM
We climbed O'Dell today Sunday. Perfect conditions and the ice has never been better. Took 16 and 19 screws for two rope lengths.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 10, 2012, 08:14:58 AM
We climbed O'Dell today Sunday. Perfect conditions and the ice has never been better. Took 16 and 19 screws for two rope lengths.

Did you walk off?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 10, 2012, 08:27:37 AM
Awful conditions here in the MWV today. Rain and freezing rain with temps at 34 or so. We have an inch of slush on the ground. The weather predictions are almost encouraging at this point, back and forth between rain and cold... Might be ok by the weekend and should hopefully be better up on the mountain.

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/valley_forecast.php
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: rbirk on December 10, 2012, 10:13:44 AM
Al, yes, we topped out and walked down Lion's Head. The part after the ice was all snow and easy out. Best part, when we reached the alpine garden it was zero wind, literally. So nice! I never climbed O'Dell in better conditions and more ice and was very pleasantly surprised.

Not the best photo but shows the ice last Sunday:

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/68126_10151173259599157_1987714147_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: punxnotdead on December 10, 2012, 10:48:43 AM
Its pouring out right now in Littleton, NH. Ugggghhhhhhhh
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 10, 2012, 05:05:19 PM
I just spent a half hour scraping down my driveway so when it freezes it isn't all rutted and crappy. what a pain in the ass. at 5PM it's 40 degrees! we had about 6/10 of an inch of rain here today!!!!

YUCK
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on December 10, 2012, 06:49:41 PM
I just spent a half hour scraping down my driveway so when it freezes it isn't all rutted and crappy. what a pain in the ass. at 5PM it's 40 degrees! we had about 6/10 of an inch of rain here today!!!!

YUCK

Yeah it sucks, but if you think global warming is bad try global cooling.  How much ice would you be climbing if North Conway was under a mile of ice like it was not that long ago?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: perswig on December 10, 2012, 07:22:16 PM
Rbirk - really like that pic!  Looks like a beautiful day you had.
Thanks.

Dale
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 11, 2012, 12:09:08 AM
hoping for cold temps quickly... it's 41 degrees at 12:08 after the Pats game!!!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 12, 2012, 05:56:38 PM
Just back from a day in Tucks. Brad and I climbed the center of the headwall to the lip and walked down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Good fun... Check tomorrow's Report for pics and details...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JChepes on December 16, 2012, 07:27:03 AM
You know what makes me smile this Sunday morning?

WINTER STORM WARNING!

Looks like a wonderful early season gift. :)

Thanks MOM!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on December 16, 2012, 01:04:42 PM
WINTER STORM WARNING!
*sigh* 

That just means I have to go plow, and deal with all of the idiots out there....  I don't ice climb (at least not yet), so I'm glad someone is excited about this white crap falling from the sky!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DWT on December 16, 2012, 04:28:20 PM
WINTER STORM WARNING!
*sigh* 

That just means I have to go plow, and deal with all of the idiots out there....  I don't ice climb (at least not yet), so I'm glad someone is excited about this white crap falling from the sky!
:'( :'( :'(

Suck it up. ;D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 16, 2012, 05:10:34 PM
finally looks like winter up here... thank god!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on December 16, 2012, 07:59:18 PM
WINTER STORM WARNING!
*sigh* 

That just means I have to go plow, and deal with all of the idiots out there....  I don't ice climb (at least not yet), so I'm glad someone is excited about this white crap falling from the sky!

I like snow too, but had a killer day bouldering down here yesterday, 40's, no wind and full sun.  Now it is sleet and freezing rain with an icy crud covering everything. 

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 16, 2012, 08:44:17 PM
http://shadesofgranite.blogspot.com/2012/12/never-stay-home.html
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 18, 2012, 08:46:00 AM
some nice snow on Monday was followed up by drizzle and freezing rain on Monday night - Tuesday morning. it's a real mess out there today and a 2 hour school delay to boot. I'm surprised that schools weren't cancelled considering how the roads look! it's 40 degrees at 8:45!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 21, 2012, 07:22:26 AM
We got 4-5" of heavy white stuff up here in the Valley overnight. Still snowing lightly at 7:20. Definitely a White Christmas!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 21, 2012, 03:55:54 PM
It's been raining since about 10AM, right after I finished snowblowing. What a mess out there. We've gotten a bit over 1 inch of precipitation today. It's 52 degrees out there now at 3:55, and it's raw and nasty because of the rain. hopefully it's going to get cold tonight.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 03, 2013, 08:44:21 PM
North End today... it is "in"... at-least 4 lead-able lines on the pillars... didn't do the slab but a few people did... report was it is thin at the top.... Thresher looked thin at top but totally doable at the grade...

Driving conditions: A bit to much for my front wheel Matrix but anyone with clearance can drive all the way in....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 03, 2013, 11:39:12 PM
FYI: Chris Magness climbed Thresher a couple of days ago and said it was totally unbonded. I thought that the slab wasn't as thick as usual and the top has some rock. the pillars are OK, but not nearly as thick as usual. they are already getting hacked up pretty good.

this week's Report has been posted...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 04, 2013, 06:10:29 PM
...the pillars are OK, but not nearly as thick as usual....

For this early in the season they are pretty thick, and sections are growing with yummy plastic ice both in the center and the left hand pillar... 4 lines on them will take 16cm screws... so I call that IN. Then again, I'm glass half full kinda guy...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 11, 2013, 08:55:56 AM
Here's a live shot from the Webcam at 8:54 Friday morning. 28 degrees and a bee-utiful day!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 11, 2013, 09:10:24 AM
Absolutely beautiful drive through the notch this morning at 6:30. Alpenglow just striking the summit as I drove by the AMC. The ice looks great everywhere. I certainly hope the warm spell doesn't set us back too much.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 11, 2013, 10:17:02 AM
I agree, we've had some amazing sunrises lately. I doubt things will fall down, or really go away, unless we get a massive rain - which is NOT predicted.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 14, 2013, 09:41:25 AM
For a change I walked the dog down to Cathedral this morning. The Diagonal Pillar is gone, as is much of the ice up high. However, the North End is still looking fairly good. I was surprised to see that Thresher, the slab and the pillars are all still standing and looking OK. It's supposed to start cooling down tonight (into the teens) so if we can get through today we should be all right.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 14, 2013, 11:07:55 AM
For a change I walked the dog down to Cathedral this morning. The Diagonal Pillar is gone, as is much of the ice up high. However, the North End is still looking fairly good. I was surprised to see that Thresher, the slab and the pillars are all still standing and looking OK. It's supposed to start cooling down tonight (into the teens) so if we can get through today we should be all right.

Great news!
A lot of the stuff on Willard took a hit, but so much water running up there that a cold snap will have the place back in climbable condition in no time.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 14, 2013, 12:39:23 PM
How long before we see a retirement community on Nelson Crag?

 ;D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 14, 2013, 02:27:48 PM
LOL...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 14, 2013, 09:23:39 PM
North End Slab/Pillars/Thresher all in good plastic shape... definitely hanging in there...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 15, 2013, 02:00:22 PM
rode the bike down to teh North End this afternoon. there were parties on everything & it still was OK.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 15, 2013, 08:45:03 PM
A friend who climbed Thresher today experienced some dinner plating...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 15, 2013, 09:41:45 PM
A friend who climbed Thresher today experienced some dinner plating...

that's ice for ya...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on January 15, 2013, 10:15:47 PM
ya think?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 16, 2013, 08:05:57 AM
8AM, cloudy, 31 degrees, about 1/2" of fresh snow on the ground and probably another 2" to come...

SWEET
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 20, 2013, 05:40:26 PM
Went over to the North End this afternoon for a little exercise before the big game. 40 degrees and absolutely great ice. I ran up Thresher and 3 of the pillars on the right. Good fun

Walked down past Diedre - the start wasn't in, tho the pillar looked good. Remission didn't look hood at all. The upper pillar looked all broken up! However P1 of Repentance looked great. I wish I'd hooked up with someone earlier in the day to give it a run. It's gong to be brutally cold the rest of the week so I'm not sure how much fun it's going to be out there on the ice.

Go Pats!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 22, 2013, 07:35:00 PM
23 degrees at 1PM when I stopped by IME, 15 at 3:30 when I met the kiddo at the buss stop, and 10 after dinner at 7:30 here at the cliff. And that ain't all, it's going to be C O L D tonight!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 23, 2013, 07:10:04 AM
WOW... It's -4 here in the Valley at 7 AM and we keep getting this "light breeze" that brings the wind chill down to negative teens! The wood stove is cranking along and I'm expecting that it's going to be at full blast or close to it for the next day or two at least. You know it's so cold the the Wildcat Ski area is closed for both Wednesday and Thursday. I don't know what you're going to do, but I'm going to hunker down and work on music and any stuff I can do inside. Maybe even ride the bike trainer or something. I'm not looking forward to walking the dog, I'll tell you that...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 23, 2013, 01:20:07 PM
Ya the summit got down to -35 this morning, with -80 windchills...

brr

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on January 23, 2013, 01:26:36 PM
Too warm.. too cold.... :'(
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 23, 2013, 01:52:39 PM
So it's up to a balmy 2 above now at 1:52 PM and it feels almost balmy out there...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JBro on January 23, 2013, 04:54:35 PM
Too warm.. too cold.... :'(

Not enough snow!  :-[
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 23, 2013, 08:17:06 PM
Mount Washington Observatory: Today by the numbers:

Low Temperature (as of 6 PM EST): -35 degrees F
High Temperature (as of 6 PM EST): -28 degrees F
Highest Wind Gust: 85 mph (which occurred at 2:45 AM)
Lowest Wind Chill: Although we do not formally record wind chill, as it is merely an apparent temperature, the lowest figure that summit observers have calculated today was a frosty -87F. This most likely occurred when the temperature bottomed out at -35F around 830 AM EST, and winds were averaging just over 70 mph for a time.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: darwined on January 23, 2013, 09:44:17 PM
Nice weather for a "quickie"

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1426697_.html

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 24, 2013, 07:31:28 AM
A little warmer this AM on the rockpile...and I do mean little!

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on January 24, 2013, 11:05:01 AM
Nice weather for a "quickie"

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1426697_.html

 :D :D :D
Should have wrapped it (in wool) before he tapped it. :-[
WTF is wrong with people.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 24, 2013, 12:13:26 PM
Nice weather for a "quickie"

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1426697_.html

 :D :D :D
Should have wrapped it (in wool) before he tapped it. :-[
WTF is wrong with people.

Obvious British tabloid but funny none-the-less...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 26, 2013, 11:12:15 AM
a "balmy" and sunny 18 degrees here in the Valley today. VERY nice...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 08, 2013, 04:42:56 PM
Well we've gotten close to a foot of light powdery snow already today and we're not even into the main part of the storm yet! It hasn't gotten above 18 degrees today and the winds are now starting to pick up a bit. A few minutes ago you couldn't see anything outside at all - complete whiteout! I'm glad I don't have to go out tonight.

Looks like this is really going to actually be quite a storm...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: triguy on February 08, 2013, 05:03:01 PM
Climbed at the north end today....crowded (shocker) but fun.

Really is a constant snow storm...hardly let up at all today and calling for it to snow more and harder tonight.

Didn't seem all that cold, compared to yesterday it was much more comfortable to climb in.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 08, 2013, 05:43:39 PM
several years ago I was guiding at the North End. it snowed just like this all day long. around lunch time there was an avalanche off of the slab just right of Thresher. the snow gave off a big WHUMP, and let go. it easily could have swept someone off the ledge and down into the rocks below, with disastrous results.

just a heads up...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on February 08, 2013, 05:48:19 PM
I saw the N. End slab slide while guiding once... different conditions though (warm and wet)... we had just moved our packs towards the pillars when the top 1/4 failed and slide down almost top the road....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JBro on February 08, 2013, 06:45:22 PM
Well we've gotten close to a foot of light powdery snow already today and we're not even into the main part of the storm yet! It hasn't gotten above 18 degrees today and the winds are now starting to pick up a bit. A few minutes ago you couldn't see anything outside at all - complete whiteout! I'm glad I don't have to go out tonight.

Looks like this is really going to actually be quite a storm...

Weird, Cranmore only reported 5" of new snow as of 4pm today.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 08, 2013, 08:23:12 PM
Just looking at my back deck that was clear this morning.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 09, 2013, 10:24:57 AM
Well over a foot of snow here at my house by Cathedral Ledge, 16 degrees and the wind is still howling. The snow is still coming down at a good clip, but it's supposed to start slacking off around noon. Everywhere you look the drifts are piled way up. I'm pretty sure you're not going to be able to drive down to the North End any more this season! if you're out climbing today, be well aware of what's above you. Slough avalanches can come down from almost anywhere.

Enjoy...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 23, 2013, 05:14:29 PM
It's been snowing lightly all day and it was up to 40 degrees this afternoon. Because of some stitches in my forearm I'm not really supposed to climb 'till Wednesday, but I just couldn't stand it any more and went over to the North End of Cathedral this afternoon. What a zoo! there must have been 40 people there. I still managed a couple of laps on Thresher and the ice was great. Walked by Deidre and the lower pitch is very thin, Remission has a lot of ice but it looks funky, and Repentance which looks pretty darn good. The corner Unicorn is also looking lots better.

Get out and CLIMB!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 24, 2013, 03:20:52 AM
Dog woke me up at 2 so I went for a walk... Probably 4" of powder out there and more still falling! This stuff is heavier than the last dump we got.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 24, 2013, 09:34:40 AM
Snowed all night and it's snowing now! Looks like we're going to get on the high end of the 4-6 predictions.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 26, 2013, 03:12:13 PM
Looks as if we're going to get another significant round of snow starting late tonight or tomorrow morning. A possible 6-8!!!! I'm getting a little tired of this...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on February 26, 2013, 03:49:41 PM
Looks as if we're going to get another significant round of snow starting late tonight or tomorrow morning. A possible 6-8!!!! I'm getting a little tired of this...

Yay! <3 Snow... I could not live up here if I wasnt stoked on getting as much snow as possible... until April at least... even then I end up missing winter pretty quickly...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: WharfRat on February 26, 2013, 09:51:48 PM
Looks as if we're going to get another significant round of snow starting late tonight or tomorrow morning. A possible 6-8!!!! I'm getting a little tired of this...

Are you kidding it is about freakin time imop!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 27, 2013, 01:53:06 PM
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE's snowiest Februaries on record:

59.0" in 1893
49.8" 1969
41.6" 2013 - as of Tuesday night.

Stay tuned folks...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JBro on February 27, 2013, 04:01:49 PM
I live just a couple of minutes south of Concord. We were supposed to be getting snow most of today but it was already mixing with rain when I left for work around 7:30am, so I'm not sure Concord will pick up much snow from this.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: slink on February 27, 2013, 05:41:29 PM
Bring on the rain it is time to rock. >: :P
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeff on February 27, 2013, 07:53:41 PM
I'd rather not rock climb in the rain! :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 27, 2013, 09:03:56 PM
FYI West Side Road by the strawberry fields near Cathedral Ledge has some of the worst frost heaves in the area.  Especially on the right side going into town.

BEWARE!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 28, 2013, 09:00:36 AM
snow snow snow, and now MORE snow!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 11, 2013, 07:29:50 AM
37 degrees already at 7:30AM! it's a beautiful spring day here in the Valley...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 26, 2013, 08:37:34 PM
It was an amazingly beautiful day here in the Valley. bluebird sunny and it even got up to the low 40's. I've been checking out Black Pudding every week this winter and it never came IN, until last Thursday. I kept trying to get friends to go over & climb  it, but everyone was busy until today when I sucked Brad in. I was worried that I wouldn't be climbable, but I was wrong. Turns out that it was in very reasonable shape. I don't know how long it will last, but if you want it I suggest grabbing it immediately.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 30, 2013, 11:16:44 AM
totally incredible day here in the Valley. 49 degrees, bluebird, just the tiniest of breezes... it looks like a god day to ride the Kanc for the first time this year.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 02, 2013, 09:04:56 PM
Goofer's fell down last night or this morning. I figure that's a sure sign of Spring!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on April 02, 2013, 09:09:29 PM
Nice!.. Should hopefully be back up there for hotter than hell to inferno soon enough!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 03, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
when I was out on the MTB this afternoon I had a look at the South Buttress. it was actually looking pretty good. I would imagine that Hotter Than Hell will be OK soon, or at least P1. not so sure about the crack tho. stuff is drying out quickly tho... it was 28 when I got up this morning, but warmed up to a sunny 40 this afternoon.

I went down to the North End this morning and although Thresher and the pillars were done for, the slab looked good. who knew? I'll bet that this is the last of the Valley ice.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 09, 2013, 09:01:42 AM
the MTB trails have been getting pretty dried out. I rode Rattlesnake Ridge from Redstone to the Sidehill intersection and back on Monday and it was fantastic. bluebird and 65 degrees!!! 

unfortunately it's raining today, Tuesday, and looks like it's going to rain on and off for the next couple of days. of course that will help clear the ice and snow off the rock, so it's not all a bad thing.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 13, 2013, 07:26:11 AM
SHEESH the Valley is coated in 1/4" of ice! What a mess. Looks like its going to get better through the day tho.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on April 13, 2013, 09:04:07 PM
Sounds like winter his still dragging his tail!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 14, 2013, 10:43:51 PM
well it warmed up somewhat today and a lot of the slushy stuff melted. then we had a rain/slush squall come through that made things really yucky for a couple of hours, then it warmed up again...

go figure
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on April 15, 2013, 10:27:45 AM
Had some hail in Conway around noon yesterday... about 4mm in size...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: David_G48 on April 15, 2013, 10:59:55 AM
Anyone been out to White Ledge in Albany? Is it dry and climable? DMan don't you hike out that way?
Thanks
David
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 15, 2013, 03:37:16 PM
58 degrees, bluebird sunny here in the Happy Valley. sweet day to be outside doing anything.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: mopowers on April 18, 2013, 05:15:43 PM
Did it rain much in the Conway area today? I could not really tell from the webcam if it was raining or not. I was thinking about heading that way tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 18, 2013, 06:39:15 PM
no rain here today at all. at least not so far. I'm planning on climbing on Cathedral tomorrow, hoping it's going to remain dry.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: mopowers on April 18, 2013, 06:56:50 PM
Thanks Al. Perhaps i will see you there!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 18, 2013, 11:40:33 PM
11:30 at Ego Trip...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on April 22, 2013, 05:59:57 PM
how is cathedral looking? 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 22, 2013, 11:18:44 PM
for teh most part Cathedral is good to go...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on April 23, 2013, 11:45:35 AM
how is cathedral looking?
climbed the little 3 bolt slab instead of the 5.6 to get into bombardment then climbed bombardment then did upper refuse. On Sunday. First 30 ft of upper refuse was wet but its a total cake walk. Otherwise lovely day . :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Bill on May 03, 2013, 09:01:37 AM
Heading up tonight.  How are The Roof/Raising The Roof and Diedre looking?  Any peregrine closure?  Thanks Bill
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: SA on May 03, 2013, 09:49:11 AM
Bill,

It has never been drier up here for this time of year.

All climbs on the Barber wall are dry, except maybe a little seeping on Nutcracker.

Raising the Roof may be a little wet in places, I didn't look too close yesterday.

Have fun--the black flies are out here and there.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Bill on May 03, 2013, 01:33:26 PM
Hey Steve!  Thanks for the info.  We will warm up at the North End.  If Diedre is seeping we will head up to the Barber wall. Trying to get crack mileage in anticipation of August trip out west.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 12, 2013, 07:04:16 AM
Although we certainly need the rain, I'm definitely getting tired of it. You can tell how dry things are by the fact that it's not pooling up anywhere! It looks as if the early part of the week will be nice.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2013, 06:58:06 PM
SunDown--

in '83 it rained for 17 straight weekends (I counted)  good rainey day climbs , free and aid.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 13, 2013, 05:37:07 PM
cool and dry, tho not sunny, today. never really got above 50 and it was breezy. a cold front is coming through and it's supposed to be in the low 20's tonight! I brought all my plants in so they don't get killed off!!! hoping to get out climbing the next 2 days, but I guess it's going to be a late start.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on May 13, 2013, 07:16:25 PM
remember now..scrub your f/a's.. wait for rain ..then do it again

Shit- the cracks at the start of the Beast must be caked even more. Oh , that's right there CRACKS !!! try the face in between  :D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 14, 2013, 11:13:15 AM
What a perfect day for climbing... George and I will be going out soon. This is the kind of day Strand could climb 5.12 slab!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 14, 2013, 02:45:51 PM
Fun morning at Humphrey's with George Hurley. 60 degree temps were darn close to perfect for thin face and hard slab climbing.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: sneoh on May 14, 2013, 03:00:14 PM
Bugs?  Blackflies in particular.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on May 14, 2013, 03:00:47 PM
 Nice!  Was hoping I could get up there today, but nope.  Climbing later on tho at good ole College Rock......
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 14, 2013, 05:39:33 PM
no bugs of any kind today!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on May 14, 2013, 05:45:48 PM
no bugs of any kind today!!!

There were some black flies over at the North End after noon, but they were not too aggressive and a pretty steady breeze kept us deet free.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 15, 2013, 09:54:06 AM
NOTE: The stuff about Strandman's new area has been moved to a new topic in General Climbing
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 24, 2013, 02:43:33 PM
got frustrated enough this morning that I went out on the MTB and rode up Town Hall Road to the Mt Eastman Trail. not raining when we started. then started raining and it rained the whole time. then it stopped raining just as we got back to the car. got home and 5 minutes later it started raining cats & dogs!!! go figure...

I like that ride in the early spring and fall.  an easy way to get in 16 mile and some elevation and you can do it in all kinds of weather.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 27, 2013, 06:53:02 PM
couldn't have ben a nicer day...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on May 27, 2013, 07:35:31 PM
I was happy to find a couple of lines at Sundown that were dry- especially since I'm just starting trad leads! Did "Dad's" on the far left end of Lost Horizon and "Rock Garden".  A few wet spots, but nothing that couldn't be overcome. 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 27, 2013, 07:54:26 PM
Dad's Run Free is a fun climb
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on May 27, 2013, 07:57:54 PM
Dad's Run Free is a fun climb
It is.  Worst part about it was all the catkin/tree crap on the route that made it hard to smear.  I left a couple sport draws and a couple trad draws a the base because my gear loops were getting full...  I won't do that again!  I had enough gear to anchor in, but I had to do a bit of improvising.  I did figure out when I did Rock Garden that I may need a #4 cam...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on May 29, 2013, 09:08:34 AM
Dad's Run Free is a fun climb
... I did figure out when I did Rock Garden that I may need a #4 cam...

I wouldn't bother getting a #4 just for that route. It can be sewn up with nothing larger than a #2, though you can find a place for a #4 if you really wanted  to... If you haven't been out to Lost Ledge yet you should check that place outs. And Rainbow Slabs.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Greykin on May 29, 2013, 01:29:49 PM
Could anyone provide me with a conditions update for Cannon, Cathedral, and Whitehorse?

Heading over there next week, but a little worried that the lines on Cannon will still be wet :(
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: frik on May 30, 2013, 09:57:54 AM
Depends on what lines you're interested in. Generally this time of year, Cannon dries out pretty quickly. However after this last week of prolonged rain, I'd give it a few days of decent weather before it's mostly dry.  Stuff like Moby and the Gilman will be fine by the weekend - unless it rains again.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 09, 2013, 11:24:05 AM
not a great day here in the Valley today. rain, rain & more rain... bummed that my guiding morning was cancelled. [sigh] looks as if Saturday gets a lot better with the weekend being OK.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 11, 2013, 08:31:11 AM
Yet another spectacular day on tap. It feels more like late September than mid-August to me. No bugs either!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 13, 2013, 10:58:09 AM
Several beautiful days in a row, but it's raining cats & dogs right now. My garden can use it. [grin] Looks like a nice week on tap tho.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 24, 2013, 07:59:48 AM
Another epically beautiful day here in the happy valley. Enjoy...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: perswig on August 24, 2013, 08:43:26 PM
Troy and I managed another rare outing together at WH today and I don't think the day could have been any better.  Ideal wx, minimal climber traffic, high friction and low gravity (with the exception of Pathfinder's crux; that was not pretty), and a string quartet (?) playing for a wedding down below.

Dude on SoH (?)
(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/perswig/4th%20album/015_zps143cd669.jpg)

Dale
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on August 24, 2013, 10:32:34 PM
...and a string quartet (?) playing for a wedding down below.
...

LOL awesome.. I've enjoyed Andy's drumming while on Cathedral, someone's violin while on Humprhey's, but never a string quartet on Whitehorse but I can imagine how it adds to the day!

I got to mow my lawn today :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 27, 2013, 10:34:29 AM
and I thought that the weather was going to be crappy this week...instead it's fantastic!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 28, 2013, 07:46:04 AM
it may yet rain today, but right now there isn't a cloud in the sky!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 30, 2013, 08:40:10 AM
Not a positive weather prediction for this weekend!!!

---------

Mount Washington Valley Forecast
Friday, August 30, 2013
4:19 AM
A weak ridge of high pressure will build over the region this morning as a shortwave trough approaches from the northwest for this afternoon. The cresting high will allow for a bit of clearing early on, but as the trough approaches, clouds will once again return. The trough along with hot and humid air in place over the region, will allow for the formation of numerous convective showers and thunderstorms, especially for the northern half of the state by this afternoon. Overnight, stronger convective activity will taper as daytime instability dissipates; however, upslope showers in the north are expected to continue. Saturday, an area of low pressure will approach from the Great Lakes which will spread in more rain showers across the state and will likely bring a round of thunderstorms by the afternoon as a cold front slowly approaches.

Sunday, the cold front will stall over the region allowing for continued instability around the region. This will continue scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region especially as the state remains on the warm side of the frontal boundary. Monday another low will approach from the Great Lakes region, spreading in a warm front for the region. This will make for a warm and humid day with more rain showers spreading in. The hot and humid conditions along with the front will likely bring another round of thunderstorm activity. Wet and unsettled weather will then continue into Tuesday as the low lifts northeast, dragging a cold front in from the west. With numerous days of rain expected, localized flooding may be a concern across the state by the middle of next week.

Saturday: Cloudy w/ rain showers. Thunderstorms likely.
Highs: upper 70sF
Lows: upper 50sF

Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/ a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs: lower 80s; humid
Lows: upper 50sF

Monday: Cloudy w/ rain showers likely.
Highs: mid 70sF
Lows: upper 50sF

Tuesday: Cloudy w/ a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs: mid 70sF
Lows: mid 50sF
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on August 31, 2013, 07:18:19 PM
Crap weather here, crow barred a bunch of rocks to make good landings on some highball problems for 5 hours.   The only dry routes around here are in my basement.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: sneoh on August 31, 2013, 07:31:36 PM
You are an animal, Ward.
Whitey prolly got disappointed with Farley today.  I was not able to make it out there because of kiddy stuff.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: perswig on August 31, 2013, 09:49:46 PM
Please tell me the MWV was dank and slimy today, as I talked Troy into bailing on a Willard trip on the basis of a heavy T-shower early this AM at home and radar evidence of rain in NH.  It ended up being pretty nice all day here, so now I'm feeling like a pansy.

Dale
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on September 01, 2013, 06:43:29 AM
It started raining in NoCo around 2 pm and rained for a while. Not sure if there was any rain prior to that though. We had a decent amount of sun earlier in the day at home (Effingham).
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on September 01, 2013, 04:50:48 PM
You are an animal, Ward.
Whitey prolly got disappointed with Farley today.  I was not able to make it out there because of kiddy stuff.

You missed nothing but the drive.  Today was marginally better, hiked out with mrs eyebolter and the baby.   No climbing but a sweaty hike.  The rock was still wet.   Looks like it will be nice after the weekend as usual.

Somebody found a dry move!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 02, 2013, 09:30:05 AM
Never rained here at Cathedral till dinner time. Rained off an on all night, then poured buckets from 7-9! Got well over an inch in that time. Pretty amazing...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: kenreville on September 02, 2013, 05:14:36 PM
Something I've noticed over the years- if the road is dry, the cliff is dry. Not EVERY route but many....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 02, 2013, 05:45:56 PM
Ethereal Buttress dries the fastest!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on September 06, 2013, 08:54:41 PM
Ethereal Buttress dries the fastest!

Prow Cliff-top Cracks! Little Feat, Lookout Crack, Last Pitch of Prow, and Comeau Finish...  then Ethereal ;)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 08, 2013, 03:31:09 PM
there was a light rain last night and then again this morning, but really breezy all day. by noon Cathedral was amazingly dry. not a seep to be found on the Barber Wall or Upper Refuse! Prefect!!!

Steve Arsenault went by us soloing Black Lung...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on September 08, 2013, 04:58:51 PM
And my clients cancelled because of the light drizzle at 7am... they missed out on an excellent day to go climbing but I got some family time so its all good...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 08, 2013, 09:36:48 PM
Prow Cliff-top Cracks! Little Feat, Lookout Crack, Last Pitch of Prow, and Comeau Finish...  then Ethereal

definitely don't agree with that... all those seep, Ethereal never seeps.  ::)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 08, 2013, 09:37:44 PM
special day...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on September 08, 2013, 09:51:22 PM
What an awesome sight!  Hopefully the weather will be just as good for the cathedral classic
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 12, 2013, 10:01:19 AM
got my fingers crossed for a good weekend, but it's not nice out there now! quite a storm last night....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Climber57r on September 12, 2013, 06:37:31 PM
What an awesome sight!  Hopefully the weather will be just as good for the cathedral classic

+1. Took a minute to suck in that pic when I came to the home page..
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tks on September 13, 2013, 12:27:33 PM
got my fingers crossed for a good weekend, but it's not nice out there now! quite a storm last night....

looking any better this afternoon?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Smear on September 13, 2013, 03:14:48 PM
Pretty steady rain right now at 3:15 pm Friday.
Weekend looks good though!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 18, 2013, 07:06:16 AM
The past two mornings its been really chilly here in the Valley, right down around freezing. Beautiful fall-like days too. It feels as if we've turned the corner to a new season...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: sneoh on September 18, 2013, 11:59:15 AM
Bug Con at zero yet?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 18, 2013, 03:33:00 PM
Bug Con at zero yet?

Down to a 1 now. There were mosquitoes at Humphrey's yesterday amazingly enough!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on October 08, 2013, 09:45:52 AM
What a beautiful and clear morning. 57 degrees and quite breezy tho. Here is a picture from the webcam at 9:45 AM of the Triangle Roof and the Beast Flake on Cathedral.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on October 08, 2013, 11:20:40 AM
 :drool:
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on October 08, 2013, 03:37:40 PM
and if you prefer riding there is the East Pasture Loop in Jackson...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DGoguen on October 10, 2013, 01:05:27 PM
and if you prefer riding there is the East Pasture Loop in Jackson...

Hey Al
I've skied that many times and know where it is and where it goes but is that general public access?
Or is it tied to the touring center at all this time of year.
Thinking about biking it Sat. with my wife.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on October 10, 2013, 05:14:33 PM
I've skied that many times and know where it is and where it goes but is that general public access?
Or is it tied to the touring center at all this time of year.
Thinking about biking it Sat. with my wife.

That's national forest so there should be no access issues. Park at the pull off on the right before you start up the hill. Don't block Ann Peterson's driveway, she gets annoyed! It's a tough uphill, but the downhill is sweet. We went clockwise, which is the preferred direction.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DGoguen on October 10, 2013, 06:43:48 PM


Thanks Al
I've never thought of doing that one.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on October 10, 2013, 07:56:22 PM
There are a few muddy spots about halfway on the uphill side, then one near the top and another near the bottom on the downhill. The picture was taken up near the top.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 08, 2013, 01:23:58 PM
The first real snow flurries here in the Happy Valley and it's REALLY coming down. No way it's going to stick, but it's really neat...
Title: Re: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DGoguen on November 08, 2013, 07:56:18 PM
No way it's going to stick, but it's really neat...
 

Yeah, neat in a "oh man, maybe I should check the plow, snowblower and generator sooner than later"  kind of way.
:))

Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 19, 2013, 08:40:06 AM
A solid 24 hours of rain on Sunday, followed by temps in the upper 50's on Monday and it's gotta be a reboot for ice season 2014. That said, it looks as if it's going to be cold all through the week so things should form up quickly. Stay tuned...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on November 20, 2013, 09:07:14 PM
Nice enough today I got out on rock!.  Plan was to rope solo funhouse to upper refuse, but didnt quite feel comfortable.  So I did beginners easy on whitehorse up to that awesome crack.  There is some ice up there!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 27, 2013, 11:23:43 AM
Horrible, horrible weather here today. Snow last night that turned into slush and then rain at about 2am. It's been raining steadily since then and doesn't look like it's stopping soon. I'll bet we get close to 4 inches out of this! Getting cold tonight and staying that way at least through Sunday. Ice should start building quickly.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JBro on November 27, 2013, 01:02:41 PM
4" of rain? Nooooooo!  >:(

I don't get it. I'm in North Carolina for the holiday and it was raining and 32/33 degrees all day yesterday. I figured it would be all snow for sure by the time it got up there.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on November 27, 2013, 02:58:45 PM
Got a bit of snow here in CO
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: markvnh on November 27, 2013, 03:31:03 PM
...if that's the view from your house John you're living in an amazing part of Colorado. Somewhere in the southwest part if I remember - Pagosa Springs? I don't get down that way much but might have to the next time I'm visiting my friends in Glenwood Springs!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on November 27, 2013, 03:56:00 PM
Yup- closer to Alamosa and Sand Dunes..Glenwood is 3 hours
Title: Re: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: goodrockrich on November 27, 2013, 04:43:11 PM
Got a bit of snow here in CO
bite me! ;D

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Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on November 27, 2013, 05:37:17 PM
And remember..it's DRY snow   :-*
Title: Re: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: goodrockrich on November 27, 2013, 07:54:29 PM
And remember..it's DRY snow   :-*
You're killing me.  Well I guess being in Maine is better than being in Indiana where I used to live:D

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Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on November 28, 2013, 02:08:13 PM
Just to rub it in more..the closest ski area got  92" in the last week......a couple years ago, they had an 1100" season  90 feet of snow

AND lift tickets are $38..unless you get a deal  :o 8)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 28, 2013, 06:35:35 PM
walked down to the north end this afternoon. not much happening right now.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 03, 2013, 04:12:57 PM
left the house at 9am this morning in the fog. I couldn't see Cathedral from my back yard. got up above Bartlett and the fog was gone and it was totally bluebird. coming home at 12:30 after climbing p1 of Standard and just below Attitash we drove into the fog again. 4:12pm and the fog is still here and I can barely make out Cathedral from my back yard.

sheesh!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JChepes on December 13, 2013, 04:28:59 PM
Looks like a good weekend in the valley.  The NOAA forecast has two warnings on it :)
Wind chill advisory and winter storm warning!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 13, 2013, 10:28:32 PM
it's going to be brutally cold AND there's going to be a ton of snow! SHEESH...

and I have a gig in Wolfboro on Saturday night. I hope I can get home.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 14, 2013, 07:00:20 AM
0 degrees at 6:30am here in the Valley.

stay warm out there folks...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 17, 2013, 06:48:41 AM
Coldest morning so far this season folks - -8 at 6:48!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 21, 2013, 04:09:39 PM
IMCS guide Max Lurie did Remission on Friday morning.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: SidleK on December 22, 2013, 10:51:01 AM
with EMS Climbing School Guide Keith Sidle on Saturday morning....we were hoping for pictures Hospers of a rare joint effort between the Sharks and the Jets of North Conway...alas there is no tangible proof other than a few leftover screw holes and some fresh scratches on the rock...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 22, 2013, 05:39:02 PM
LOL
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on December 22, 2013, 11:38:45 PM
How bad of a hit did you guys take? it is horrible here and still 24 more hours above freezeing to go.... hopeing things up north are better.....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 24, 2013, 10:07:46 AM
Not good, but temps have dropped a lot. 26 at 10am on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 30, 2013, 07:59:33 AM
We got 6+" of heavy wet snow last night (Sunday)! The roads are getting better, but it's a mess everywhere. Anywhere there are slabs beware of avalanches!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 02, 2014, 06:23:59 PM
It's been snowing lightly all day and gradually getting colder. It started out at 9 degrees this morning and has now fallen to 3. It looks as if we're heading towards the deep freeze tonight and tomorrow. Bundle up & crank up those wood stoves folks.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JBro on January 02, 2014, 06:55:01 PM
How much snow up there so far?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on January 02, 2014, 08:55:09 PM
Don't know about NoCo, but 6-7" as of 9 pm in the Ossipee area.  Still coming down, expecting another couple inches overnight I guess with it ending sometime tomorrow early-to mid- morning.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 03, 2014, 08:26:31 AM
Looks like we got 6-8 since yesterday. The good thing is it's very light stuff. The bad thing is that we've had enough snow that I've already raked my roof once this season and I've got to do it again! SIGH Good for all the skiers tho...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DGoguen on January 03, 2014, 11:05:13 AM
Calling for -21F in town tonight.
40F and rain on Monday.
Man.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on January 03, 2014, 09:09:58 PM
Stay warm up there tonight folks!  Suppose to be cold down here in MA to.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 04, 2014, 10:36:35 AM
it was -11 at 6:30, it's up to a balmy 2 at 10:30!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 06, 2014, 05:08:19 PM
and 44 degrees today with LOTS of rain :(
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 09, 2014, 06:39:15 AM
This is NOT looking good for the weekend folks!

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/valley_forecast.php
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: SidleK on January 09, 2014, 07:24:45 AM
Nope, typical New England BS....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 09, 2014, 07:53:53 AM
not usually quite this many warm ups...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: SidleK on January 09, 2014, 01:57:39 PM
This is true, everybody better get out soon as it's sure looking like a wet one!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 10, 2014, 07:12:55 AM
COLD today, with the weather turning to crap on Saturday and staying warm for several days. Get out there and climb it now folks!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 15, 2014, 11:36:03 AM
this would be really nice weather, IF it were SPRING!!!! it's 43 degrees and bluebird. this is crazy weather for January 15th!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: perswig on January 15, 2014, 01:10:20 PM
Maybe 'crazy' for mid-winter, but not for mid-January in the NE. 
Archive data say NC wx 1/14/13 was mean temp of 39F but max of 50F, light winds, no precip.

Just a reset for a bit.  Wish there were more snow to mobilize, but the ice is there if you look.
Enjoy the blue!
Dale
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 15, 2014, 01:20:31 PM
yes - looking at the archived Reports, we did have a similar warmup at this time last year. we hadn't really had much snow by then and it didn't last as long tho.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on January 15, 2014, 09:59:36 PM
If it keeps up ill be climbing rock before you know it!  Lots plan to climb this year.  Heck with all thats melted I bet Inferno would be good on a warmish day soon eh?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 15, 2014, 10:15:42 PM
Wow, down to a 2/5 on the IceCon... if 2013/14 ice season will be remembered for anything it will be extremes!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 16, 2014, 12:07:14 AM
...I bet Inferno would be good on a warmish day soon eh?

if it were to stay like this the South Buttress & Humphrey's would be good to go!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 16, 2014, 09:23:41 AM
This sucks !!!! OK I said it!!!  >:(
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: WharfRat on January 16, 2014, 11:01:05 AM
Sure does!

I love ice climbing, i really really do! But the longer I do and the better i get at it the more I seem to get aggravated by what it takes to make it happen.

I just hate the logistic nightmare of it all. Between the weather, conditions and partners switchups, hours of driving week in and week out, the gas money and sheer waste of resorces I have come to understand that in some ways ice climbong drives me more nuts than it provides relaxation and satisfaction.

Still though I chase on....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 16, 2014, 01:40:04 PM
I have come to understand that in some ways ice climbong drives me more nuts than it provides relaxation and satisfaction.

Still though I chase on....

Right there with you brother
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 16, 2014, 02:40:25 PM
you could always give it up Grammy!!!! ;-)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 17, 2014, 07:31:52 AM
I don't think he's going down that easy.:))
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 17, 2014, 09:30:13 AM
you could always give it up Grammy!!!! ;-)

Divorce and single parenting plus the standard "two job" valley life has pretty much done that for me Al. Getting out this weekend though. dust off the tools and see how it goes!  ;)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 17, 2014, 02:14:38 PM
rode the MTB down to the North End, halfway up the cliff road, around the lake and back home. what a beautiful day! The North End is in surprisingly good shape and there were a ton of folks there. that said, Diagonal has fallen down and pretty much everything else id crappy. I would be very careful walking near the cliff, except at the North End! looks like things are going to get much colder early next week...stay tuned!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 17, 2014, 06:54:00 PM
Goofers is surprisinglay fat.

was out today & checked it out. seems like it has a few slots in it tho. I wouldn't walk under the Thin Air face tho...

gonna get cold tonight!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on January 18, 2014, 09:54:30 PM
Saw Grammy wrapping up climb 4 today in Crawford Notch... Ild say hes still addicted to ice... :)

Also heard Goofers is a in great shape...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 19, 2014, 08:10:09 PM
Great day on the ice at the Barking Dog Crag today... Everything is really fat and there is some running water here and there that's going to refresh things.

BTW don't park in the plowed lot by the baseball field. That's off limits. You can park on the side of the road on the north side of the last house if you pull well off the road.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 22, 2014, 10:42:42 AM
Saw Grammy wrapping up climb 4 today in Crawford Notch... Ild say hes still addicted to ice... :)

Also heard Goofers is a in great shape...

Good seeing you my friend! Looked like a great group of folks you had there with you!
~G
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: darwined on January 23, 2014, 02:31:02 PM
Great day on the ice at the Barking Dog Crag today... Everything is really fat and there is some running water here and there that's going to refresh things.

BTW don't park in the plowed lot by the baseball field. That's off limits. You can park on the side of the road on the north side of the last house if you pull well off the road.

Really?! That place blows!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 24, 2014, 12:39:09 AM
Great day on the ice at the Barking Dog Crag today... Everything is really fat and there is some running water here and there that's going to refresh things.

BTW don't park in the plowed lot by the baseball field. That's off limits. You can park on the side of the road on the north side of the last house if you pull well off the road.

Really?! That place blows!
Great day on the ice at the Barking Dog Crag today... Everything is really fat and there is some running water here and there that's going to refresh things.

BTW don't park in the plowed lot by the baseball field. That's off limits. You can park on the side of the road on the north side of the last house if you pull well off the road.

Really?! That place blows!

Huh...WTF? It's a great little place!!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 29, 2014, 08:06:58 AM
Thursday was beautiful, but it rained off and on all day Friday. It's now 44 degrees at 8am here in the Valley. Looks like we are going to have rain tonight through Monday.

BUMMER
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on March 29, 2014, 10:12:31 PM
Bummer? This is always what happens when people start wishing it to get warm ;)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on March 29, 2014, 10:29:41 PM
wet snow avalanch in waterfall gully
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 30, 2014, 09:27:25 AM
Whoa...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 15, 2014, 02:05:28 PM
we've gotten .57 inches of rain since 8AM this morning. right now it's pouring and the rivers are rising. I'll bet that we will have flooding overnight!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on April 15, 2014, 09:17:19 PM
I'll bet that we will have flooding overnight!
I have my pager open, and the fire chief in Conway just speculated that part of West Side road will be gone due to flooding...  And Passaconway Road is not open all the way through.....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 16, 2014, 06:12:46 AM
Passaconaway is rarely open before mid-May. I'll know about West Side Rd when we take the kiddo to the middle school in an hour!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on April 16, 2014, 08:50:51 AM
Any snow?  We have three inches this morning at 1100 feet in W Mass.  Was hoping to go bouldering.....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on April 16, 2014, 09:24:02 AM
about 1 1/2 in of snow but cold. upper teens >:( Screw this crapola! I am cleaning the cabin, packing up the van and headding down to Seneca 8) put the summer tires on yesterday!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 17, 2014, 11:17:47 AM
we just got a trace of snow up here in the Valley yesterday. it was cold yesterday, but it's 40 and sunny now. good bouldering weather IMO.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: mtbdude91 on April 17, 2014, 02:59:13 PM
For those who are interested, As of this morning thin air wall is drying up. Saigons are dripping but still doable, thin air had the usual traverse dampness and the top pitch looked wet, turner's and toe looked good. Some of the harder slabs looked dry but all with a wet spot or two. No ice fall above, just down the gully.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 18, 2014, 01:16:30 AM
if you are considering climbing on Whitehorse, or at the North End of Cathedral, check out the pictures in the Report!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 19, 2014, 02:28:25 PM
temps are moderate in the Valley, but the winds are HOWLING! gusts are up to 30 on occasion and it looks really black up north. certainly not a day to be up in teh Ravines IMO.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on April 23, 2014, 07:07:19 PM
How is Bombardment looking?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 24, 2014, 08:31:58 AM
Bombardment looked fine yesterday
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on May 01, 2014, 07:30:52 PM
Working in the garden today while Ella was napping...sun broke through and the black flies were about 30 seconds behind.

"Not biting," I thought, then I kneeled down and felt something biting my ankle.  And it was not the last one.

Never sen them show up and start biting on the same day.

Won't be long for you guys, since I am at 1,100 feet and generally much delayed for Massachusetts.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on May 18, 2014, 10:44:53 PM
Wife and I took her daughter up Upper Refuse this evening.  I was afraid that with all the rain Friday night and yesterday morning we wouldn't even be able to get started, let alone climb the entire thing.  I was quite surprised when we got to the base of the route and the first 30' was expectedly wet but the rest appeared dry.  I did a variation start from the Black Lung area to avoid most of the wet, and the only other wet spot was about 15' below the "top" of the last pitch.

FWIW, the entire Barber wall was soaking, dripping wet and looks like it will be for a few more days more than likely.

And, as a second aside, I'm still not 100% from my hospital stay yet.  Made it up with no huge issues, but damn was I tired after I got to the pine tree ledge....  Hoping the weather will be good next weekend, wanting to get the rest of the kiddos up to Square Ledge Saturday afternoon.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on May 19, 2014, 08:48:57 AM
Good to hear you are out and about Dan. Bob and I climbed Funhouse to Upper Refuse in the AM...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: jnc007 on May 20, 2014, 06:27:35 PM
Anyone know the conditions of Fun House or Upper Refuse?  Thinking of heading over tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on May 20, 2014, 07:31:51 PM
I definitely got a black fly bite at Rumney last weekend after putting up a new route.  I know that Rumney isn't really New Hampshire, but the bug score of zero is questionable.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: wiggins on May 20, 2014, 08:31:28 PM
new routing with black fly bites, sounds like an opportunity for a cool climb name....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on May 20, 2014, 09:56:41 PM
Anyone know the conditions of Fun House or Upper Refuse?  Thinking of heading over tomorrow.
See my post 2 above yours, and keep in mind that it rained a fair amount yesterday evening.  I would imagine the bottom of UR is still quite soaked...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DLottmann on May 20, 2014, 11:56:17 PM
Dan Im guessing that was a troll post... 1st post ever and right after we talked about climbing FH to UR....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Pete Jackson on May 21, 2014, 09:41:01 AM
I definitely got a black fly bite at Rumney last weekend after putting up a new route.  I know that Rumney isn't really New Hampshire, but the bug score of zero is questionable.

Spent some time scrubbing rock yesterday and came home with over 100 bug bites. I definitely concur!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on July 23, 2014, 09:53:36 PM
we had a major storm came though the MW Valley this evening with rain, winds and lots of lightning. lasted about 2 hours, now it's just raining. it was probably the worst storm of the summer! fortunately the power didn't go out at all. that said, I'll bet there are some serious blow-downs out in the woods...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 17, 2014, 06:29:42 AM
Well it's certainly getting colder.  :P  We had a light frost in the Valley a few nights ago, a tint of snow on the Rockpile, and now a hard freeze predicted fir Friday morning!  Winter feels like it's going to be here soon this year...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Echo on September 17, 2014, 03:19:35 PM
Quite a few people show'd up at Humphrey's today... that was me dropping choss off of Jagen Die Seben, starting a new thread as I have some questions...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on October 23, 2014, 08:05:56 AM
Third day of rain, and at least 1 or 2 more are on the way. SIGH
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: JoeC on October 23, 2014, 04:01:58 PM
Boo.  I hate this rain.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: sneoh on October 23, 2014, 08:12:23 PM
FREAKING bad timing for me!  Sigh is right.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on October 23, 2014, 11:29:24 PM
Hey guys.... Always look for the positive in everything!!!! Now there is lots of water saturating the ground..... Good seepage for the upcoming ice season ;)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: ralbert20 on November 11, 2014, 12:25:49 PM
I would not call Pinnacle "IN" but it is "climbable." Get after it!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 15, 2014, 03:51:02 PM
It's been a cold day and a colder night is on the way. In fact the whole upcoming week looks to be in the freezer. Stay tuned folks, ice season is coming our way quickly...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 01, 2014, 09:03:14 AM
nothing down here
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 06, 2014, 12:50:29 PM
Started out this morning 28 degrees and 5" of beautiful powder snow. Now at 12:48 it's 40+ and raining!!

SUCKS!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 10, 2014, 10:01:07 AM
While further north got varying amounts of snow, the Valley got almost exclusively rain! [sigh] And now at 10AM it's 40+ degrees... It will be interesting to see what things are like tomorrow (Thursday) when I drive up to Crawford Notch.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 11, 2014, 10:34:55 PM
rained off & on almost all day today, Thursday. went out at 9:30 to get my son from karate and it's finally snowing. what a relief from the rain. maybe things are looking up...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on December 12, 2014, 05:41:39 AM
been very wintery here. a bit of drizel but thne annother 4 in or so of snow. looks like 16" total?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 12, 2014, 02:49:45 PM
upper 30's and sunny all day here in the Valley. hoping for cold tonight.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 15, 2014, 09:46:10 PM
still nothing down here to speak of. went for a fat tire bike ride instead of trying to climb.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 17, 2014, 09:09:21 AM
Things have been building again in spite of two sunny and warming days, but it rained all last night and that is continuing today. I'm pretty bummed right now...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 24, 2014, 02:41:55 PM
Tho it's 40 degrees and has been drizzling all last night and all day, it's not pouring yet. We may get out of this OK. Fingers are crossed!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on December 27, 2014, 09:49:26 PM
Anyone know how dry Humphreys might be- specifically the Geriatric wall? Al mentioned on FB today that he saw people there but didnt say where they were...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 28, 2014, 07:55:44 AM
Well it was dry yesterday, but it's raining now at 7:55... (Sigh)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on December 28, 2014, 10:39:20 AM
Any thoughts on what shoestring, landslide and upper hitchcock etc might look like?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeff on December 28, 2014, 11:28:07 AM
I would imagine that they are showing even less ice today and would have moving water >:(-- as Al said it rained last night here in Bartlett near Attitash and has been wet and 41 degrees F this am-- some sun peaking through now (11:27am )- temps due to drop tonight and stay below freezing for the next several days and nights so I expect the ski surfaces ( typical NE) and the ice to firm up a LOT. Temps around 6 degrees are predicted for Mon night.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: markvnh on December 28, 2014, 12:08:50 PM
All the water in the system and upcoming cold helps climbing but I sure wouldn't want to be in New England on a ski vacation!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on December 28, 2014, 12:10:42 PM
I bet tomorrow would be a great day for your first ever snowboard lesson :P
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 28, 2014, 06:52:17 PM
The current weather report says cold through Friday, then another warmup on Saturday with some more rain! This is really not good. In the 18 years we've been living here the wife and I've never known this kind of warmup.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Mike Grobicki on January 01, 2015, 06:25:38 PM
The warmup this weekend doesn't look to be disastrous so I'm wondering if the north end of Cathedral will be in by next Thursday. My tools finally come in next week and I'll be looking to get out somewhere to set up a solo top rope on my day off.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 01, 2015, 06:47:59 PM
yes... there were folks there today, tho it's not great.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 07, 2015, 10:54:18 PM
Almost 11pm - -3 degrees and -16 wind chill! The wind is howling too...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 19, 2015, 01:24:12 PM
My friend Max climbed Goofers this morning at 8 and said it was still quite good in spite of the rain last night.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on January 19, 2015, 08:17:09 PM
 the ice actually grew nicely. the rock and existing ice was so cold that the rain froze on contact.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: old_school on January 20, 2015, 07:57:28 AM
Repentence and Remission are toast. The ice was super soft and the slab at the north end was a waterfall, but colder temps on the way should bring things back.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 20, 2015, 12:09:08 PM
rode my mountain bike (with studded tires) down to the North End for a bit this morning to get in one quick climb before I leave for LA tomorrow morning. I thought that the pillars, slab and Thresher were all in great shape. I didn't have time to check out Repentance and Remission but Diagonal still looked good too. things are gong to get better very fast.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 16, 2015, 07:48:45 AM
30 mph gusts of wind, -9 degrees last night with a wind chill of -20! It ain't nothing but COLD. Lots of tree limbs and worse everywhere. Be careful out there folks. There is no room for error!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 21, 2015, 03:06:04 PM
Another storm coming in tonight. This one may have some sleet & freezing rain! SHEESH!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 12, 2015, 09:58:49 PM
Almost 70 degrees and sunny today, warmer tomorrow, then a big rain on Tuesday. Spring is here.

FYI Goofers fell down on Friday.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on April 13, 2015, 06:04:13 AM
Heard that dracula got climbed yesterday  :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 13, 2015, 09:27:05 AM
Heard that dracula got climbed yesterday  :)

I wouldn't be surprised, but I've put away my tools. dry rock baby, dry rock - and of course the road bike!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DGoguen on April 13, 2015, 10:44:13 AM
Got out to White Ledge in Albany yesterday. A tad wet but able to piece together a linkup. Pretty good post holing to get in but worth it.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2015, 10:54:18 AM
Heard that dracula got climbed yesterday  :)

I wouldn't be surprised, but I've put away my tools. dry rock baby, dry rock - and of course the road bike!

A++++++++++++++++++++
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on April 13, 2015, 06:46:08 PM
 8)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: grubbers on April 14, 2015, 12:24:48 PM
Does anyone think Cathedral or Whitehorse will be good to go by next week? Both looked a bit damp yesterday as I drove through on my way up to Pinkham, but I'm hoping with some warm temps they'll clear up quickly.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 14, 2015, 01:34:10 PM
the South Buttress of Whitehorse is good to go now. from what I can tell no ice up there at all. the trail is pretty crappy tho. the slab area is treacherous for sure and I'd stay away for another week, or until we get another good rain. Some of Cathedral is probably OK, or will be very quickly. that said the North End will be a death trap. there is a ton of stuff on the Unicorn Ledge and in the Repentance & Remission chimneys. the center area at Humphrey's is in excellent shape now.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on April 29, 2015, 12:16:12 PM
Ran up the Cormeir Magness route yesterday in the late afternoon. Everything was dry and beautiful. Not a stitch of snow or ice to be found (except at the base of the slabs).... Just a heads up though, if you climb this route the first bolt on pitch 3 is only finger tight. Didn't have a wrench on hand..... Nice to be back out on some sunny rock :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: eyebolter on April 29, 2015, 04:52:46 PM
Bouldering at Farley today and the black flies were out, not biting yet....also out at my house at 1,100 feet. 

I give you guys a week, two if you are lucky....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 28, 2015, 05:40:32 PM
A lightning strike on Cathedral Ledge in the vicinity of Retaliation last evening around 6:15 set a tree on fire. There was a crew up there 'till about 9:30 or 10 taking care of it. Things are extremely dry right now and that kind of thing could be a real problem.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: grubbers on July 06, 2015, 09:31:19 PM
Just as a heads up, the ledge at the top of Funhouse is teeming with fire ants. Plan your belay accordingly.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeff on July 06, 2015, 11:30:20 PM
True fire ants like down south (worrying), or just our normal NH red ants ( a royal pain in the ass)?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: grubbers on July 07, 2015, 10:03:24 AM
After some research I can't say for sure that they were fire ants, but I'll still be giving them a wide berth.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: cjdrover on July 07, 2015, 03:50:38 PM
We encountered a bunch of biting ants at the base of the Barber Wall also... not sure about true fire ants though.

On the plus side, the rest of the insect population was pretty thin at Cathedral and Whitehorse. Sundown was a little buggier.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: rbirk on July 07, 2015, 07:25:00 PM
The ledge all the way to the Book and down to Bombardment was full of biting ants last weekend. Kept biting my hands. No idea how they got there.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Nick Grant on July 07, 2015, 09:16:10 PM
I think Rumney climbers put the ants there.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on July 07, 2015, 10:15:09 PM
New theory.... Anyone notice how Luke disappeared for a while? What if the mad scientist created a strain of super aggressive ants and then forced them to watch Dosage videos ala Clockwork orange. Then set them loose upon our premier (not our meaning me, you, us... But our lord of the trad Champ himself) precious trad climbing mecca. These hyper vigilant anthropods are tasked with  one thing: Destroy sportos gym rats.

Real Illuminati $#!+
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on July 08, 2015, 12:00:04 PM
There's a route in Yosemite called Werner's Ant trees..people actually do it !  It's well named I guess....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DaveR on July 09, 2015, 07:21:13 AM
New theory.... Anyone notice how Luke disappeared for a while? What if the mad scientist created a strain of super aggressive ants and then forced them to watch Dosage videos ala Clockwork orange. Then set them loose upon our premier (not our meaning me, you, us... But our lord of the trad Champ himself) precious trad climbing mecca. These hyper vigilant anthropods are tasked with  one thing: Destroy sportos gym rats.

Real Illuminati $#!+

LL the mad scientist is a truck driver!
Nick allready has figured it out, they were probably put there by sport climbers. ;D
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: DaveR on July 09, 2015, 07:23:26 AM
Got into fire ants once at my sisters house in Fla. Thank God we don't have them here! You would know without a doubt within seconds if they were fire ants.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on July 09, 2015, 10:57:46 AM
I think Rumney climbers put the ants there.

There's that Harvard education nick
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on September 27, 2015, 08:08:07 PM
hard frost here in the Valley this morning when I got up, Sunday September 26! there was a hard layer of ice on my deck and it killed off my remaining basil and some oregano. good thing I took all my tomatoes yesterday afternoon.

winter is on the way boys & girls!!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on September 28, 2015, 11:24:45 AM
hard frost here in the Valley this morning when I got up, Sunday September 26! there was a hard layer of ice on my deck and it killed off my remaining basil and some oregano. good thing I took all my tomatoes yesterday afternoon.

winter is on the way boys & girls!!!!
it won't be long!!!!!!!
Title: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: grubbers on October 21, 2015, 12:40:52 PM
How are the rock conditions up on Whitehorse and Cathedral now after the snow?


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Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: NEAlpineStart on October 22, 2015, 10:56:17 AM
Yesterday was beautiful, sunny, about 55-60, dry. Then we had some cold rain come in last night this morning. Tomorrow should be good.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 01, 2015, 08:24:05 PM
Tuesday: I got up this morning at 6:30 to bluebird skies and 24 degrees. now at 8:20pm it's 42 degrees and it's raining. Apparently it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow, and maybe we get some slushy snow tomorrow night or Thursday morning. It's that time of year when anything can happen!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 02, 2015, 03:56:05 PM
Looks like we're finally transitioning to winter!

MWObs Valley Weather:
A deep upper level trough will drive a series of lows northeast as cold air slowly approaches from the west. The first disturbance will move from the Gulf of Maine towards the Canadian Maritimes this morning as the next low moves northeast from the Delmarva Peninsula for overnight into Thursday. Initially, temperatures will be well above normal allowing precipitation to fall as rain through the day Wednesday. As colder air starts to move in Wednesday night, precipitation will transition to snow for the northern half of the state. Thursday the north will remain as snow but mid-sections of the state will likely transition to a mix of rain and snow with the south holding onto rain prior to tapering. However, cold air aloft will be mixing down dropping the elevation of the snow line over the course of the day. By Thursday night, conditions will cool enough for snow to reach valley floors around the state where showers remain. While the north will hold clouds Thursday night, southern areas will see clearing as high pressure starts to build in. As the secondary low moves northeast, it will intensify which will drive winds up Thursday afternoon and night. This might make for hazardous driving conditions if the newly fallen snow is whipped up. Snowfall will wind down Thursday night as the low exits and high pressure continues to build over the state.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 29, 2015, 10:05:18 PM
I would guess that we got about 8" of snow today in the Valley. lots of it was small pellets, much like a freezing rain, in spite of it staying in the 20's almost all day. 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 02, 2016, 04:28:42 PM
Drove down to the North End this afternoon. Things are forming up fast. I think that by the middle of the coming week, or certainly by next weekend things should be good to go. I did not walk up to check on Repentance or Remission tho.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 03, 2016, 07:56:27 PM
Lots of ice forming at the north end, on Repentance and Remission and Goofers. Things are starting to look good fast!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: iclimb on January 03, 2016, 09:39:04 PM
Al,

Keep me posted about north end this week. Looking to bring my beginner friend there on saturday.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 04, 2016, 07:59:09 AM
Al,

Keep me posted about north end this week. Looking to bring my beginner friend there on saturday.

Check out the Report on Thursday. It should be great by the weekend.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: iclimb on January 07, 2016, 07:38:37 PM
Any news on Cathedral?  I'd look myself if I didn't live 1.5 hrs away and have a busy work week.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 07, 2016, 08:10:30 PM
North End is in pretty good shape...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: iclimb on January 07, 2016, 08:34:51 PM
Cool thanks just saw the update
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: iclimb on January 09, 2016, 03:23:27 PM
Just got back from cathderal. It was a zoo. North end I only saw 2 reasonably IN lines, with 1 that was innish with some delicate tool work and footwork needed. Nothing looked great for placing pro other than the top rope stuff - a lot of ice was starting to undermine in sections.

I didn't dare have my friend brand new to anything climbing related belay me on the taller sections so we were able to find one area that was in okay to the far right where I could top rope with him belaying me and only risk a 7 or 8 foot fall.

Other than being crowded and pretty disappointing ice, we had fun. Tomorrow will ruin it all.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Nemesis on January 10, 2016, 03:04:33 PM
I'll bet the ice is toast. 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 10, 2016, 04:03:55 PM
I'm sure whatever is left is really undermined, that's for sure. that said, it's going to get cold again starting tomorrow and I figure all this water may get some neat stuff to form up. let's wait & see...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 10, 2016, 11:14:59 PM
After a whole day of upper 40 degree temps and 2" of pouring rain, where are we now? It's hard to answer that question right now. We certainly did take quite a hit, but I'm not sure it's all gone. Plus, it's supposed to start getting cold again tonight/tomorrow morning and that should make all this water we have flowing set up. There is some possibility that there will be some new things forming that we haven't seen in a while. Who knows? Regardless, I'm going to try to get up into the Notch tomorrow or Tuesday, if I can, to survey the state of things.

Till then I'm not going to change the ratings. It doesn't take much for ice to rebound, if we have cold temps. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 11, 2016, 02:38:52 PM
Temps hanging around the upper 20's here in the Valley with a little flurry action. Goofer's didn't fall down in the rains, tho pretty much everything else did including the Mordor stuff and Diagonal. I didn't drive down to the North End because someone was in there yesterday and the road is horribly rutted now. I would guess that there is still ice in there, but not climbable.

FWIW the Saco is VERY high now, and getting higher.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on January 30, 2016, 03:37:00 PM
WARM!!!!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 13, 2016, 05:13:52 PM
Temps have been dropping all day and the wind is picking up. Here at Cathedral at 5:13 it's a chilly 0 degrees with a wind chill of -15! Bundle up folks.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Nemesis on February 13, 2016, 05:42:21 PM
Wishing safe travels to the party attempting the presi traverse this weekend...if they haven't already bailed.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on February 13, 2016, 08:47:29 PM
It was 3f in the shoestring parking lot at 2:00pm ice was brittle and by the time I got to the last 100 or so meters it was gusting to 50 and seemed PDC. First time I have not finished on the direct. I was happy to duck into the woods and call it a day. -11f when I got back to the van @ 5:00 -14  going by the train station/ Willard parking lot.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Smear on February 14, 2016, 06:45:35 AM
A friend and I were on Shoestring just ahead of you.
We opted for the easy exit.Fingers and toes were a bit numb!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on February 14, 2016, 09:48:13 AM
My fingers and toes were fine. the asolo eigers are super warm. It was just getting hard to hang on with the wind gusts and the ice was damn brittle :P
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 20, 2016, 06:22:33 PM
We got a very unexpected 4-6" of wet snow here in the Valley early this morning. Then it warmed up to a balmy 53 degrees around 2pm. Go figure...

What's next for this winter?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Nemesis on February 20, 2016, 07:22:30 PM
We got a very unexpected 4-6" of wet snow here in the Valley early this morning. Then it warmed up to a balmy 53 degrees around 2pm. Go figure...

What's next for this winter?

That snow,over the existing layer of ice, made for some very engaging travel in the woods today
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 21, 2016, 03:36:28 PM
...some very engaging travel in the woods today

well worded!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 24, 2016, 09:27:54 AM
Not looking good!!!!!!!!!

ALERT: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST THURSDAY...

A weak short wave Wednesday morning will bring the first round of unsettled weather to the state. Temperatures will be cold enough initially to support snow for the morning hours. However, as this low exits, a broader and stronger low will start to approach from the Ohio River Valley for the remainder of the forecast period. This will spread a warm front northward that will surge warm air in aloft allowing the second round of precipitation to transition to rain this afternoon and overnight. Many low elevation locations will be slow to mix out, so sleet and freezing rain are likely this afternoon prior to finally transitioning to rain this evening statewide. By Wednesday night, the low will be over NY state and will drive a large area of warm moisture northward bringing heavy rains to the region. There are significant indicators for instability overnight and early Thursday, which will likely translate to scattered thunderstorms for the state.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms will likely linger after daybreak Thursday prior to a cold front passing. As the cold front passes, it will bring a transition back to snow heading into the overnight hours. Snow showers will then linger into Friday as moisture lingers and favorable upslope conditions around the mountains of the north are met with a passing upper level trough. In addition to the wet weather, winds will also be notable with gusts reaching 20 mph or higher especially with Thunderstorm activity Wednesday night and Thursday. The heavy rainfall and the melting snowpack will likely lead to flooding in areas of the state Wednesday night into Thursday. Residents around the state are advised to monitor NWS and/or local weather/news sources today into Thursday morning as conditions rapidly evolve with this incoming system.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: strandman on February 24, 2016, 02:41:10 PM
Beautiful ! 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeremy Cote on February 25, 2016, 12:15:17 AM
-40 a few weeks ago to this:

MWOBS HSF

"According to the most recent model runs, the monthly record high of 43F is in jeopardy of being equaled or exceeded during the overnight hours."
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: grubbers on February 25, 2016, 10:24:50 AM
So how's the rock looking on Cathedral?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 25, 2016, 11:40:34 AM
So how's the rock looking on Cathedral?

I'm sure there will still be bits of ice hanging over any of the regular climbs on Cathedral or Whitehorse. that said I will bet that once things dry out, Humphrey's will be good to go!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 25, 2016, 11:41:51 AM
I'm waiting until the fog starts to burn off to head up to the Notch. I can't see Cathedral Ledge from my house or even from the chalets, so there is no reason to go yet.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 26, 2016, 04:07:56 PM
If you're out climbing this weekend, please post your observations. things were horrible yesterday and my understanding is that while some things were OK today, some were marginal.

Thanks
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on February 26, 2016, 07:57:08 PM
How's humphrey's looking?  :)
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on February 27, 2016, 05:56:02 PM
pretty darn nice. this week it should be nice climbing there...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 02, 2016, 05:04:26 PM
We got 3-4" of heavy wet snow this morning, temps up to almost 40 in the Valley this afternoon, temps plummeting now. supposed to drop to 8-10 overnight and be cold for a couple of daze. there is ice everywhere in the woods, crampons and/or Microspikes are essential just for getting around. on Tuesday the road to Cathedral was a solid sheet of ice, as was the hike uphill to the start of Thresher. be careful wandering around folks. a slip could really ruin your day!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: tradmanclimbz on March 07, 2016, 06:07:36 AM
The ice was in 5 start condition just about everywhere this weekend but the  outlook for the next two weeks make me thing it's going to be an early end.... :P
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: xcrag_corex on March 09, 2016, 10:41:52 AM
Al, you were speculating that humphrys would be good after some warmth. Do you think there will be much in the way of hanging/ lingering ice on the South Buttress WH on Saturday?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 09, 2016, 12:50:27 PM
Al, you were speculating that humphrys would be good after some warmth. Do you think there will be much in the way of hanging/ lingering ice on the South Buttress WH on Saturday?

usually the South Buttress is all clear very early. you just need to look carefully from the road before you go.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: danf on April 10, 2016, 04:48:30 PM
Decided to hit Whitehorse for the first climb of the season this morning.  We were at the base of Standard around 0845, it looked wet over around Beginners and possibly C-M but didn't walk over to confirm.  Standard *looked* dry, at least up to the lunch ledge when we pulled in.  While we were racking up we noticed some ice pellets cascading down.  By the time we got to the launch pad, it was more constant.  I don't remember if I was at the toilet bowl or the crystal pocket, but at one of those 2 belays I looked up and saw water running over the edge to the left of the lunch ledge.  Once I could see the thread belay above the pocket (about 40-50' off the belay), I could see it was centered in the running water, the wet streak was about 8' wide.  So, a downclimb was about my only option at that point.

By the time we were back at the bowl, the wet streak was below the level of the pocket and extending down further by the minute. 

There's dry stuff on WH though!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 10, 2016, 08:07:48 PM
]While we were racking up we noticed some ice pellets cascading down.  By the time we got to the launch pad, it was more constant.

yes, I'm sure that there are dry spots, but there is still some icy stuff up high and hidden. I would guess that things should be a lot better after the warm rains on Monday night & Tuesday.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: powdergibbs on April 11, 2016, 03:17:40 PM
Was up on South Buttress Saturday. Nice and dry, but beware bees spotted...in April. Didn't notice any major nest, but there were a few buzzing about on Hotter Than Hell. Old nest is still in its hiding place on Inferno. Be careful where you jam...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: mdl on April 14, 2016, 05:10:01 PM
Think Standard Route on Whitehorse will be dry this Sunday if there's no rain between now and then?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: NEAlpineStart on April 14, 2016, 05:25:08 PM
Think Standard Route on Whitehorse will be dry this Sunday if there's no rain between now and then?

Without any doubt
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 03, 2016, 10:05:23 AM
rained half day on Sunday, all day Monday and cloudy and damp Tuesday. looks like the rest of the week will be off & on damp. we need more rain, but I could sure use a day on the rock or trail! I had to work all weekend and I'm getting a bit stir-crazy...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: markvnh on May 03, 2016, 08:19:03 PM
...I drove up today Al with faint hope of a slab route being dry. It was mostly sunny from just north of Concord to just south of Conway. Then low clouds and light mist And of course everything wet. Waked around the base of the cliffs just to get some exercise.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: lukeweiss on May 24, 2016, 02:11:03 PM
This thread made me wonder: What routes (for me, 5.7 and easier) on Whitehorse and Cathedral dry up quickest?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Jeff on May 24, 2016, 04:06:09 PM
Cathedral:
    Thin Air wall routes dry pretty fast, and Thin Air can easily be climbed (very often is) with wet spots; the same is true of Upper Refuse-- first moves off the tree ledge are slippery after a wet spell but the rest dries very quickly (and is often climbed even in light rain). Those are the 2 easiest.

Whitehorse:
      Sea of Holes dries quickly, Beginner's Route, Standard ( to Lunch ledge), Cormier- Magness, and variations of these-- If not going to the top of Whitehorse, you'll want 2 ropes to rappel off (esp. if you are not very familiar with the slabs), as the anchors are spaced out!
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: NEAlpineStart on May 24, 2016, 09:21:55 PM
This thread made me wonder: What routes (for me, 5.7 and easier) on Whitehorse and Cathedral dry up quickest?

Reality is there really isn't much 5.7 and under terrain on Cathedral. Prow Cliff-top cracks dry really fast but easiest is Lookout Crack (5.8+)... or is it Little Feat? What ever one is at the tree (not the one right above Recompense. Upper Refuse can be climbed in a downpour. Call it 5.7+ soaked. Like Jeff said the rest dries pretty fast except for the bottom 20 feet.

First pitch of Thin Air, especially the "easy way" is fine in a downpour... 5.4 tops, if you are desperate to climb something and its all wet. The rest of the route isn't that bad soaked, I'ld call it 5.8 if it was drenched.

As for Whitehorse Slabs the issue is the bottom not drying fast enough due to tree cover... I slipped off the start of Beginners once (it is a bit "green" over that way). And the seepage around the Thread/Pinch in Standard Arch.... a few times I've discovered that situation with a slight bit of regret. Once on the Crystal Pocket I was able to wait 10 minutes and watch the sun evaporate the wet streak... other times I have sucked it up and climbed it wet & puckered.

Short Order dries fast, but is 5.8+/5.9-.... always seems to get a bit of a breeze to help the drying IMO

I know you asked about Cath/WH but Humps is a good option on sunny days right after rain....
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: lukeweiss on May 24, 2016, 11:18:11 PM
Cool. Thanks David. Your thoughts on cormier magness?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: NEAlpineStart on May 25, 2016, 04:43:57 PM
Cool. Thanks David. Your thoughts on cormier magness?

Dries fast. 1st pitch of Beginners (to get to CM) is a bit slick when wet, but the next 4 are probably fast drying... might be some streaks in and above the overlaps to deal with.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: M_Sprague on August 31, 2016, 07:07:44 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/109-mph-winds-on-mount-washington-launched-a-man-through-the-air-2016-5 (http://www.businessinsider.com/109-mph-winds-on-mount-washington-launched-a-man-through-the-air-2016-5) 
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on August 31, 2016, 07:19:06 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/109-mph-winds-on-mount-washington-launched-a-man-through-the-air-2016-5 (http://www.businessinsider.com/109-mph-winds-on-mount-washington-launched-a-man-through-the-air-2016-5) 

very cool...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on November 23, 2016, 10:53:33 PM
Check out the picture on the home page. Sure looks like winter in Tucks! Here's a video for you as well. Thanks to Matt Bowman for the pics & heads up.

https://youtu.be/rAr4npZzJ9A
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on December 27, 2016, 10:47:35 AM
In case you hadn't heard, it rained a little Monday night and right now, Tuesday morning at 10:45, it's 50 degrees here in North Conway! With any luck it will chill down tonight and tomorrow. In addition a large snowstorm is predicted for Thursday night so stay tuned...
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on March 27, 2017, 09:36:40 AM
it was chilly yesterday, but Monday morning it's 36 degrees and sleet-gropple-freezing rain here in the Valley. predictions are for warmer tomorrow, with possibility of more rain. not sure what this is going to do to the ice conditions.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: grubbers on April 07, 2017, 11:41:16 PM
Has the warmer weather and rain started to clean up the cliffs in the Conway area? I'm guessing Monday will still be too early to get out up there, but a man can dream can't he?
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on April 09, 2017, 08:09:25 AM
Has the warmer weather and rain started to clean up the cliffs in the Conway area? I'm guessing Monday will still be too early to get out up there, but a man can dream can't he?

not even close. I was in the yard yesterday and you can hear stuff falling off Cathedral. we haven't had enough really warm weather yet. there is also still lots of stuff on Whitehorse. the only places remotely safe to climb rock is Humphrey's or Sundown IMO.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Ducayet on April 10, 2017, 10:24:05 AM
As of Sunday (4/9) most of cathedral appeared to be free of ice, except for poor ice on the north end. I spent a few hours on the prow and was stopped at the 3rd pitch due to some gushing water. Climbed a bit at echo roof area on white horse, also very wet. Heard some big chunks come flying off down the slabs. Still quite a bit of snow at the base of those cliffs, made for some wet approach shoes. Here's hoping the warm weather this week melts the snow and gives us some dry cliffs, I'm ready for rock season.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 12, 2017, 08:38:09 PM
We keep going through rain and sun, but things dry out quickly.
Title: Re: Mount Washington Valley: Cathedral, Whitehorse, Humphrey's, etc.
Post by: Admin Al on May 30, 2017, 07:53:20 PM
rain DAMNIT rain!!!