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May 22, 2015
Itís been a tough several days and frankly Iíve had a very hard time writing the Report this week. First the deaths of Dean Potter and Graham Hunt in a wing-suit BASE jump that went bad. I met Dean briefly at Rumney many years ago and he was definitely one of a kind. I think that was the same day that I saw a pair of prosthetic legs propped up at the base of Waimea. I was, shall we say, overwhelmed that day. I posted a lot of stuff about Dean on the NEClimbs.com forum and our Facebook page lately, mainly because Iíve been struggling to understand how someone can so fully put themselves out on the edge as he did. Iím not sure itís something that I can ever understand.
Here are all of the links to articles about Dean that Iíve posted over the past several days:
RIP Dean and Graham.
Then 2 days ago a friend and local MWV fixture Greg Muzerall had a massive heart attack and died while riding his mountain bike down in Berwick Maine. As many have said much better than I could; Greg was one of those people that was your friend as soon as you met him. He was a bike mechanic, ski tuner, landscaper, rider, skier, chef and general all-around good guy. He worked on my bikes many times, and he always did a great job. Greg was the salt of the earth, a true Valley boy, and the number of people he touched over his 51 too-short years is many. RIP my friend.
Everything in the woods is in good shape right now. If you ride the MTB, I suggest that you just get out there on the trails & do it. Some of the roads that are closed in winter are still not open yet, like Bear Notch, tho I havenít heard about Evans Notch or the Franconia Bike Path. That means itís a pretty good time to ride on the road, except for the actual Memorial Day weekend. EnjoyÖ
Iím going to raise the BugCON rating to a 3 because people are hammering so much on me about it, not because Iíve experienced it myself. I was climbing on Whitehorse on Wednesday and they were minimal, have ridden my MTB most days and not been bothered very much at all and was working in my veggie garden this week and didnít need to wear bug dope. However, lots of folks are saying that they are getting eaten up so Iíll split the difference. Itís supposed to have a hard frost tonight, so maybe that will knock the bugs back! One can always hope...
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The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire
|In 1961 I led this chimney in a state of metabolic uproar. At the base of the pitch I smoked several cigarettes (the first and last ones of my life). This was to calm me. Then I spooned half a jar of honey. This was to ensure superhuman strength. Mort Hempel, my partner, watched this silly ritual with mouth agape and eyes exploding with fear.|