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And we have yet another roller coaster ride of weather this week folks! On Tuesday night we had snowy-slush and freezing rain, turning into a sunny warm day on Wednesday with temps in the mid to upper 40's, and today - Thursday - it's cloudy and dreary with temps in the mid-40's again. It's the classic January thaw! It would be great if we had a week where the focus wasn't on the weather, right?
I don't have a lot to say this week, other than as soon as it cools off, get out outside...
ICE FEST 2017:
Don't forget that the 2017 Ice fest is coming fast, February 3-4-5. If you've been to one, you know just how great it is. If not, you owe it to yourself to come out and enjoy the festivities. There are clinics, events, presentations, demo gear and just the feeling of being a part of a fantastic celebration of the ice climbing sport that we all love. For the latest information, check out the blog here:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 19, 2017
It's yet another mild day here in the Valley at 39 degrees, and even up in Crawford Notch where it was 34! The ice is OK in some places, but not overall good yet. For instance the Frankenstein Amphitheater is marginal, while Standard and Dracula are great. We need several days of seriously cold temps for things to settle in, Top outs on many climbs are poor, so protect where you can!
There has been some really great riding on the trails here in the Valley this winter. At least in places where the "bare boot" folks don't go. By bare boot I mean the walkers/hikers/dog people who walk on soft trails without snowshoes! If you're a skier you know what I'm talking about too. Let's just say that it's a major drag to go out to one of your fave trails and find deep shoe prints (aka post holes) all over the place. making it unrideable. One of my favorite rides in the winter has been the Swamp Trail at Hemlock Land, behind Walmart. However when I went over there 2 days ago it was unrideable due to all the footprints everywhere. Fortunately a friend had mentioned that the "Cheater Trail" was in great shape. This is a trail that I have been calling Chutes And Ladders because off all the cool bridges. It's located off the logging road/snowmobile trail that runs past the Redstone Quarry. In the summer we use it as a somewhat easier way to get up to the Outer Limits. As of pre-warmup it was in amazing shape and in fact the pack-out continues up to Outer Limits! If you're looking for a fun ride on your fat tire bike, this is the one.
NOTE - if things are at all soft and you see any ruts from your tracks, don't ride these trails. Let's keep them in good shape.
Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
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:
Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.
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