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April 27, 2017
Two days of drizzle isn't what any of us want, but it does have it's advantages. If nothing else it's gotten rid of the snow that was hanging around on Whitehorse, Cathedral most of the bike trails and other places. I'm NOT saying all the hidden stuff is gone, but the obvious stuff certainly is.
My friend Jon Sykes posted some pix the other day from he and a friend climbing Sliding Board on Whitehorse to the top and they said it was all clear. I went back to Jockey Cap with Brad, the Perez's and Ian Cruickshank a few days ago and it was wonderful. Here's a couple of pictures:
There is still snow here & there at the base of both Whitehorse and Cathedral and I am fully confident that there is still some ice hidden up in places like the Big Flush, Standard Route and Mistaken Identity so keep your helmets on and your eyes open. That said, rock climbing season is here and certainly to be savored. get out there and enjoy it folks.
With the rain I only got out once this week up on the Marshall Conservation trails off West Side Road. Both upper and lower Shumway were both in good shape. Very minimal mud and only a couple of places on the actual snowmobile trails that were still any issue at all. Some friends and I are planning on a full-on explore of the west side trails on Friday morning. After 2 daze of warm drizzle, I'm pretty sure that in general it's all good now. Other than some mud here & there I gotta say that we are all good to go. I'll report back next week...
Believe it or not there are STILL no mosquitoes or black flies to be seen right now. If you have pets the ticks are on your mind tho. I don't have a dog or cat right now so I haven't experienced it, but I've heard from pet owning friends that it's a real issue. Take precautions when you're out and be sure to check yourself thoroughly when you get home.
Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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